Pam Baer Is Known To Lead In Bay Area Philanthropy

Pam Baer was raised in San Francisco, the daughter of a Swedish immigrant father and an Irish mother. Her desire to help others was formed early on as she watched her parents support numerous charities throughout her childhood. Pam Baer went on to study fashion and marketing at San Francisco State University. She eventually married her husband, Larry, in 1984 and had two children, Jennifer and Jesse.

Pam, her husband, Larry, and their two children currently live in San Francisco. However, her philanthropic platform eventually expanded to include unique missions and plans. Pam and her husband created the Larry and Pam Baer Family Foundation in 2004. It was this foundation that offered the initial funding for For Goodness Sake. In her role as CEO of the Baers, Pam oversees all of the organization’s programs, along with her role as Executive Director of the Community Foundation for the City and County of San Francisco.

As a donor and philanthropist, Pamela Baer knows firsthand the needs of the San Francisco community. As a resident of San Francisco for over 25 years, she enjoys the city’s culture, as well as the opportunity to help those in need. Pam spent the early years of her career leading people and managing large budgets while doing volunteer work for the local Buddhist Temple. One of her most recent and successful projects is The Pagoda Project, an educational initiative to empower Bay Area youth.

Under Pam’s leadership, “The Pagoda Project” creates mindfulness activities to address the increasing number of stress related illnesses, cancer and juvenile diabetes. Pam is a founding member of Seneca Street Family Shelter, The Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the San Francisco Chamber Music Festival, and the San Francisco Symphony.

In 2012, Pamela Baer was named the 2013 recipient of the Gilman and Eider Fund Award, recognizing her leadership and extraordinary commitment to the safety, well-being, and productivity of women and children in San Francisco. In 2013, she received the Americans for the Arts Excellence in Philanthropy Award, acknowledging her extraordinary service to the community. See this article to learn more.


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