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Meyer Memorial Trust

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Purpose and Activities

Meyer Memorial Trust was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, founder of a chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1982, Meyer has awarded roughly $700 million in grants and program-related investments to more than 3,200 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 2016, we’ve focused our grantmaking to better align with our mission: to work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. The man behind the Meyer Memorial Trust, Fred G. Meyer, was a man ahead of his time. The values that guided him — to innovate, take risks, embrace diversity, adapt to changing circumstances, contribute to economic development and parity, and develop the power of the mind — continue to create and inform the culture of the foundation he established, influencing what we do and how we do it. Today, we see our role as working to dismantle barriers to equity in education, housing and the environment and to improve community conditions so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential. We fulfill our mission using a mix of strategic, proactive and responsive investments, including grants, loans, initiatives, commissions for research and support for policy advocacy and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies.


Trust established by will in 1978; obtained IRS status in 1982 in OR - Born in 1886 into a family of Brooklyn grocers, Mr. Meyer traveled west in 1905, working his way through the wheat fields of the Dakotas and Montana, and the gold fields of Alaska. After building a door-to-door coffee business in Oregon, he established a coffee retail outlet in a downtown street market that he subsequently managed. Next, he invested everything he had in an "all package" grocery store. At the time of Mr. Meyer's death five decades later, the Fred Meyer chain of stores employed more than 13,000 people on annual sales exceeding $1 billion. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement


Meyer Memorial Trust

Independent foundation




2045 N Vancouver Ave Portland, OR United States 97227

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