Innovative Venture Philanthropy

  • We invest our human, financial, and intellectual capital to achieve unparalleled results
  • Our philanthropic investments are focused on social change and result in families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives.

Thriving Communities

  • Strengthening communities for individuals to thrive and prosper
  • Supporting growth and services for all

Investing in Futures

  • Expanding access to high quality early care and education for all children
  • Supporting efforts to forge successful life outcomes through early education during the most critical years for brain development

Art & Culture

  • Investing in development projects that have deep-rooted impact in cultural education and expression.
  • Actively engaging diverse audiences to bring art access to all individuals

Supporting the Future of Israel

  • Honoring our family's legacy, heritage, and cultural beliefs by investing in community betterment globally
  • Exploiting the opportunities and untapped potential of the Negev region of Israel
Equitas ensures law enforcement and the justice system are fully informed, empowered and engaged to proactively address the needs of people with mental disorders and hidden brain challenges in the criminal justice system.
Early Learning Ventures, is a groundbreaking endeavor engaging the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to address the operational challenges facing early care and education.
Merage Israel supports development in the Negev region of Israel through a series of entrepreneurial and business development projects, educational and cultural programs, infrastructure investments and tourism promotion.
The Merage Foundations are a consortium of grant-making and operating foundations representing three generations of David & Laura Merage’s family. Our philanthropic investments are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives.

News & Media


Last week in Denver: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Jun 20 2017

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) returned to its home-base in Denver last week. Established in June 2012, the GLR campaign was founded with the coveted title of All-America City, with 124 communities signing on as Charter Members of the GLR Community Network. Last week, June 13-14, the 2017 Funders Huddle gathered local, state, and […]

Jonathan Merage Receives Media Attention

Jun 15 2017

Jonathan Merage was featured in the recognized magazine Weatherwise in April of this year. Kimbra Cutlip, freelance writer for the magazine, sought out Jonathan due to the unique story behind his philanthropy. Unlike the other foundations under the Merage Foundations umbrella, Jonathan chose to focus on projects that researched severe storms and found ways to […]