The John Merck Fund

Program Areas

Grantee Profiles

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    Health and the Environment

    Learning Disabilities Association of America

    The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national leader in translating the science on toxic chemicals and neurodevelopmental disorders into collective action to reduce exposures, especially among pregnant women and children.

  • N2N leadership pose in front of a solar panel at a retreat near Holyoke, MA
    N2N leadership pose in front of a solar panel at a retreat near Holyoke, MA
    Clean Energy

    Neighbor to Neighbor

    Neighbor to Neighbor has brought community voices to the table to ensure one of the first “just” transitions from coal to solar in the nation at the Mount Tom power plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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    Developmental Disabilities

    Scott S. Hall, PhD, Stanford University

    “Social-environmental factors have profound effects on neurodevelopment and behavior. We need to address the child’s social environment if treatments are to be successful.” – Scott S. Hall, PhD, Stanford University

  • Photo credit: Kingdom Creamery
    Photo credit: Kingdom Creamery
    Regional Food Systems

    Vermont Farm to Plate

    In the past decade, Vermont’s local food sector has boomed. Local food sales have increased 32%, food system employment has increased 11.6%, and local food purchases have increased by 6.9%. This success is due in part to the flourishing Farm to Plate network.

Why we’re going out of business

Children with developmental disabilities, victims of climate disruption, families suffering from air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, and communities without access to healthy food should not have to wait for small incremental progress. That’s why we adopted a “spendout” strategy in 2012.

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