About Us

Merage Foundations – Three Generations

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. The Merage legacy demonstrates a strong commitment to their communities, their Jewish heritage, and their family. The family has a deep belief in giving back and sharing their strength and resources to improve the lives of others. The David and Laura Merage Foundation and the Andre and Katherine Merage Foundation were established in 2002, with a focus on venture philanthropy.

As we have launched the third generation of Merage foundations with the formation of the Jonathan Merage Foundation and the Sabrina Merage Foundation we see this spirit driving their organizations’ mission and values.

Venture Philanthropy

We believe in the power of venture philanthropy and invest in new, sometimes unproven social impact innovations to see if they can work not only in one place, but across the whole society. We mobilize our resources, business acumen, creativity, leadership and financial capital to catalyze the idea, and create the conditions for success. We partner with those who share our ethical fiber and high standards of performance and we hold ourselves accountable for achieving ambitious results. Our commitments are deep and lasting, because we know that big ideas often start small and need sustained incubation. Lastly, we are a trustworthy organization with no gamesmanship and no bureaucracy. Our partners can count on our work and they can count on us.

To leverage our organizational assets and further our mission, we utilize the following grant-making approaches in each of our investment portfolios: