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Merck Company Foundation

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1957 in NJ.


diabetes, food services, environment, mathematics, nutrition, science, public health, pediatrics


No grants to individuals, or for capital campaigns, endowments, basic or clinical research projects including epidemiological studies, clinical trials, or other pharmaceutical studies, direct medical care including medical screening or testing, or the purchase of medicines, vaccines, or devices, meetings, conferences, symposia or workshops that do not have or are not associated with long-term program objectives, unrestricted general operating support, or fundraising events including concerts, sporting events, annual appeals, membership drives, benefit dinners, or galas unrelated the strategic priorities of the Merck Company Foundation.


Assets: $172,067,130 (market value)

Expenditures: $44,227,356

Total giving: $41,823,400

Qualifying distributions: $43,984,916

Giving activities include:

$27,588,827 for 205 grants (high: $6,000,000

$14,234,573 employee matching gifts


  • $4,223,342 to Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Washington, DC, in 2012. To enhance the quality of life for children with asthma and their families, and to reduce the burden of the disease on them and society
  • $3,500,000 to African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, White House Station, NJ, in 2012. To support and enhance Botswana's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a comprehensive approach that includes HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support and impact mitigation
  • $3,390,905 to Merck Institute for Science Education, Rahway, NJ, in 2012. To improve science education from K-12th grade through teacher and program development
  • $1,250,000 to CARE USA, Atlanta, GA, in 2012. For Join My Village India
  • $1,000,000 to BroadReach Institute for Training and Education, Arlington, VA, in 2012. To implement Management and Leadership Academy (MLA) in Zambia
  • $1,000,000 to Childrens Inn at NIH, Bethesda, MD, in 2012. For general support
  • $216,510 to PYXERA Global, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Richard T. Clark Fellowship Program
  • $125,000 to Community Education Group, Washington, DC, in 2012. For project, The Road to AIDS
  • $50,000 to Eagles Charitable Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, in 2012. For Eagles Eye Mobile, which offers children in the Philadelphia area free eye exams and eyeglasses to children and their familie
  • $25,000 to George Mason University Foundation, Fairfax, VA, in 2012. For Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), initiative to innovate science education in Virginia and beyond by promoting hands-on, problem based learning that empowers teachers and engages students