The John Merck Fund
2 Oliver St., 8th Fl.
Boston, MA United States 02109-4901
Telephone: (617) 556-4120
Type of Grantmaker
Established in 1970 in NY as a trust - The late Serena S. Merck founded the John Merck Fund, a New York charitable trust named for her son, in 1970. For the first sixteen years, the fund worked exclusively to support research into children's developmental disabilities. Beginning in 1986, it added programs in other fields that also were of concern to Mrs. Merck and her late husband, George W. Merck. The fund announced on Oct. 17, 2011 that it will spend all of its assets over the next ten years to spur progress in clean energy, environmental health, development of a New England regional food system, and treatment of developmental disabilities