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The Gerber Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Gerber Foundation

(formerly The Gerber Companies Foundation and The Gerber Baby Food Fund)

4747 W. 48th St., Ste. 153

Fremont, MI United States 49412-8119

Telephone: (231) 924-3175


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $75,995,598

Total giving: $3,283,515





Additional Contact Information

Additional e-mail (Catherine A. Obits):


Incorporated in 1952 in MI with funds from Gerber Products Co. - The foundation was established in 1952 as the Gerber Baby Foods Fund by Daniel Gerber, Sr. and Gerber Products Company. The name of the foundation was changed to The Gerber Companies Foundation in 1985 to more accurately reflect the status of the company with its many subsidiaries. In 1994, the foundation became a separately endowed, private foundation when Gerber Products Company merged with Sandoz Ltd. In 1997, the name was changed to The Gerber Foundation.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for infants and children by focusing on their nutrition, care, and development.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Daniel Gerber, Sr. Medallion Scholarship

This scholarship was created for students graduating from one of the five school districts in Newaygo County, MI, and was established to recognize and honor academic excellence among graduating seniors. Students must have a GPA of 3.71 or higher to apply (higher of weighted or unweighted). The scholarship provides $9,200, in aggregate, to be applied to tuition, fees, and books over the course of the student's undergraduate studies.

Environmental Hazards

The foundation is interested in applied research that evaluates the effects of environmental hazards on infants and young children. Projects include research that documents the impact of, or ameliorate effects of, environmental hazards on the development of infants and young children. Projects may include the effect of smog on the development of asthma in young children or the impact of pesticides on growth and development.

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to Newaygo and Muskegon, MI county high school seniors for attendance at accredited colleges or universities, vocational or technical training program.

Newaygo County Career Tech Center Scholarships

Scholarships for specific programs at the Newaygo County Career Tech Center to assist with purchase of required equipment or tools for post-secondary education programs.

Pediatric Health

This program responds to a foundation interest in promoting health and preventing disease. Projects may include applied research that will reduce the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses. They may also include research that evaluates or improves cognitive functioning in infants and young children or social and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition

This program responds to a long-time interest of the foundation in assuring adequate nutrition for infants and young children. Projects include applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes in infants and young children.

The Gerber Foundation Merit Scholarship

This scholarship was established to recognize academic achievement among graduating seniors from Newaygo and Muskegon Counties in MI. Students must have a GPA of 3.70 or below to apply. The scholarship provides $2,300 to be applied to tuition, fees, and books for a course of study at a postsecondary institution. .

West Michigan

As the birthplace of Gerber Products Company and the Gerber Foundation, a small pool of funding is available for grants in the Newaygo and Muskegon County, Michigan areas, to include Lake and Oceana Counties. Grants are geared towards projects serving youth from 0-18. Typically small (under $10,000), grants are generally limited to one-year commitments.

Fields of Interest

  • Infant care
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
Population Groups
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $75,995,598 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,687,029

Total giving: $3,283,515

Qualifying distributions: $3,488,030

Giving activities include:

$2,983,515 for 427 grants (high: $303,671; low: $75)

$300,000 for 70 grants to individuals (high: $9,200; low: $2,300)

Estimated financial data for year ending 2015-12-31:

Assets: $76,000,000

Grants: $3,500,000