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Meyer Memorial Trust


Last profile update: 04/04/2018
Last grant data update: 03/23/2018

At A Glance

Meyer Memorial Trust

(formerly Fred Meyer Charitable Trust)

425 N.W. 10th Ave., Ste. 400

Portland, OR United States 97209-3128

Telephone: (503) 228-5512


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






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

Purpose and Activities

The trust works with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.