The James Kirk Bernard Foundation focuses on prevention of suicidal behaviors through scientific research into the bio-environmental contributors to suicide risk, and support and services for those at risk of mental health and suicidal challenges. In honoring the passions of Jamie Bernard, the foundation supports Bard College, and programs fostering creative expression, in particular the continuation of artistic legacies at POBA, Where the Arts Live.

The foundation funds program and service in the area of science, support and services and life expression: