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Merck Family Fund


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

Merck Family Fund

P.O. Box 870245

Milton Village, MA United States 02187-0245

Telephone: (617) 696-3580


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $58,918,657

Total giving: $2,502,460






Incorporated in 1954 in NJ

Purpose and Activities

To restore and protect the natural environment, and to strengthen the social fabric and physical landscape of the urban community. Primary areas of interest are: 1) Protecting and restoring vital eastern U.S. ecosystems and promoting sustainable economic practices; and 2) Strengthening the urban community, concentrating on green and open space programs and youth organizing in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, and New York City.

Program Area(s)

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

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI to an organization which is the fiscal sponsor of a program that is dedicated to creating financing solutions for small and mid-sized farms, limited-resource farms, and those using ecologically sound practices.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Community improvement
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $58,918,657 (market value)

Gifts received: $17,878

Expenditures: $3,899,567

Total giving: $2,502,460

Qualifying distributions: $3,203,177