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Metlife Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1976 in NY.


alzheimer’s disease, arts, education, health care, social entrepreneurship, microfinance/microlending


Giving on a national and international basis, with emphasis in CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, TX, Brazil, India, Latin America, Mexico, Peru, and South Korea.

No support for private foundations, religious, fraternal, athletic, political, or social organizations, hospitals, local chapters of national organizations, disease-specific organizations, labor groups, organizations primarily engaged in patient care or direct treatment, drug treatment centers, community health clinics, or elementary or secondary schools.


Total giving: $42,488,850

Qualifying distributions: $43,377,574

Giving activities include:

$41,591,899 for 550 grants (high: $3,600,000; low: $250)

$896,951 for 762 employee matching gifts

$250,000 for 1 loan/program-related investment


  • $600,000 to Trust for Public Land, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. For More Parks for More People
  • $410,000 to National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA, in 2012. For NASSP Breakthrough Schools Program
  • $250,000 to Generations United, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Stronger Together: Developing Youth Intergenerational Entrepreneurs and Recognizing Excellence in Intergenerational Communities
  • $250,000 to Childrens Health Fund, New York, NY, in 2012. For Healthy Kids, Healthy Smiles Initiative
  • $200,000 to Partners for Livable Communities, Washington, DC, in 2012. For MetLife Foundation City Leaders Institute for Aging in Place
  • $200,000 to Reach Out and Read, Boston, MA, in 2012. For Supporting Military Families
  • $125,000 to Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Smithsonian Community Grant Program
  • $100,000 to Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight
  • $50,000 to Partners for Livable Communities, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Institutions as Fulcrums of Change: Creative Re-imagining of Community Assets to Meet the Challenges of the Next Decade
  • $50,000 to Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn, NY, in 2012. For Affordable Housing, Workforce and Economic Development in South Brooklyn
  • $50,000 to Studio in a School Association, New York, NY, in 2012. For Art and Healthy Living
  • $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, in 2012. For Volunteer Project Fund - Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Meal Program