The Merck Foundation—a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation established in 1957—is funded entirely by the company and is Merck’s chief source of funding support for qualified nonprofit charitable organizations.

Since its inception, the Merck Foundation has contributed more than $740 million to support initiatives that address important societal needs in a manner consistent with Merck’s overall mission to help the world be well. The Foundation supports organizations and innovative programs that are aligned with our three focus areas: health, education and community. We also share the outcomes, lessons learned and best practices from our initiatives to contribute knowledge and help advance progress in these areas.

In 2012, the Foundation conducted a strategic review of its giving history and program portfolio. This review resulted in a refined set of giving priorities designed to strengthen the impact of the Foundation’s giving while more closely aligning our programs with areas of global need, where Merck has significant expertise and capability.

While the Foundation will maintain its focus on health, education and communities in which the company operates, its programs will support a more narrowly defined set of strategic priorities.


We strive to improve healthcare quality and capacity as well as increase access to care for underserved populations in select disease areas of global need—HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease—through strategic collaborations and program investments. Key initiatives include:


We seek to enhance the quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education at the graduate and post-graduate levels, and contribute to advancing women and minorities in the sciences. Key initiatives include:


We provide financial support and share the expertise of Merck employees through grant and volunteer programs that address critical health and social issues in communities where Merck has a presence. Key initiatives include: the Neighbor of Choice program, the Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health, Partnership for Giving (P4G) and Join My Village.

Last Updated February 28, 2014