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Merck for Mothers

Merck for Mothers is Merck’s $500 million initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life. Applying Merck’s business and scientific resources, we collaborate with partners to improve the health and well-being of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. To date, Merck for Mothers has supported efforts in nearly fifty countries to help women have healthier pregnancies and safer deliveries, including in the U.S. Merck for Mothers’ approach is to support the design of innovative models to improve maternal health outcomes, testing of their effectiveness and feasibility and, if successful, to advocate for them to be scaled. For more information, visit www.merckformothers.com.

Merck for Mothers
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Co-Funders

The Burke Foundation

The Burke Foundation is a private foundation based in Princeton, New Jersey. It funds transformative maternal health and early childhood initiatives to foster the healthy development of families and in underserved communities in New Jersey. The Burke Foundation focuses on three key areas: healthy pregnancies and births, nurturing positive parent-child relationships, and high-quality early care and learning. Learn more at www.burkefoundation.org.

The Burke Foundation

The Community Health Acceleration Partnership

For nearly a decade, a devoted collection of philanthropists – Jeff Walker, English Sall and Austin Hearst – has sought to deliver creativity, clarity and energy to the field of community health, so as to help countries develop sustainable, integrated, effective community-health systems. Their dedication led to the formation of the Community Health Acceleration Partnership (CHAP). Through strategic engagement and catalytic investments, CHAP works with partners to build stronger community-health systems, both globally and in the United States. For more information, visit www.chap.health.

The Community Health Acceleration Partnership

Fondation CHANEL

Fondation CHANEL was created in 2011 to improve the economic and social conditions of women and adolescent girls around the world. It operates in over 30 countries worldwide, including a strong engagement in the United States on the intersecting issues of economic security, health and social protection and women’s leadership. For more information, visit www.fondationchanel.org.

Fondation CHANEL

George Kaiser Family Foundation

George Kaiser Family Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing equal opportunity to young children in Tulsa through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. Learn more at www.gkff.org.

George Kaiser Family Foundation

The Nicholson Foundation

The Nicholson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. The Foundation’s primary goal is to improve outcomes in health and early childhood. The Nicholson Foundation’s strategic approach is to transform service delivery systems by informing policy and developing sustainable models that better serve vulnerable populations. For more information, visit www.thenicholsonfoundation.org.

The Nicholson Foundation

Rhia Ventures

Rhia Ventures is a women-led social investment organization that seeks to create a vibrant market for women’s sexual, reproductive and maternal health in the US. Rhia fosters market development through three complementary areas of work: direct investment via its for-profit investment Fund; market-level research and technical assistance to the Fund; and field-level and corporate advocacy and engagement. Rhia's work will not be done until all women and pregnant people in the U.S. enjoy strong, equitable maternal and reproductive health outcomes. For more information, visit www.rhiaventures.org.

Rhia Ventures

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Yellow Chair Foundation

Yellow Chair Foundation funds local, national and global social justice organizations tackling problems at their root and shifting systems toward a more equitable future. The foundation focuses on providing flexible, core, long-term support in order to build more resilient and sustainable non-profit ecosystems addressing the foundation’s target issues which include: maternal health, climate change, educational equity and public interest journalism.

Yellow Chair Foundation

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