Sidney R. Baer, Jr., a member of the well-known family who founded the Stix Baer & Fuller department store chain, established the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation for the benefit of mental health in 1999. The Foundation is a private grant-making foundation for alleviating the suffering of the mentally ill. Upon Mr. Baer's death in 2002, he left the balance of his Estate to the Foundation. George B. Handran and U.S. Bank, N.A. are the Co-Trustees of the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.
As a businessman and consultant, Mr. Baer personally faced mental health challenges. Throughout his life he also sought to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with mental illness. Mr. Baer established the Foundation to stimulate education, research, and treatment of schizophrenia.
Mr. Baer was born and raised in St. Louis and then moved to Boston in the middle of his life. He was also active in supporting mental health programs in the greater New York City area. While Mr. Baer's generosity knew no geographical bounds, the Foundation's primary focus will be on, but not limited to, applications supporting programs located in Mr. Baer's birth and adopted cities.