In Service to Community

For over six decades, the France-Merrick Foundation has devoted its primary efforts to supporting the people, sectors and organizations that make up the diverse communities of the Baltimore region.

Like the tree in our logo, the Foundation branches out to touch many facets of life to help grow, strengthen and support vibrant and healthy communities. Starting with the founders’ deep commitment to civic engagement, leadership and community, support for a wide range of efforts has endured and evolved with a changing landscape.  Click here to learn more about our areas of focus.

While the Foundation continues to observe and respond to a rapidly changing world, our vision for Baltimore remains the same. Our four core values serve to inspire our actions and guide our funding and partnership decisions as we work with our grantees and partners to fulfill our mission.


We envision an equitable, vibrant and sustainable Baltimore community where people and places thrive.


The France-Merrick Foundation invests in non-profit organizations to enrich the quality of life across Baltimore and beyond through grantmaking and collaborative efforts.

Core Values


We recognize that our impact is greater when we work with others. We value collaborative relationships because they allow us opportunities to listen, learn, leverage and lead.


We commit to broadening our knowledge, perspectives and experience, by listening to and learning from past grantees and other partners and opening ourselves up to new ideas and relationships.


We work to make a lasting positive impact on our community through compassionate, informed, and future-oriented stewardship. We strive to be adaptive and effective in our efforts to influence the complex issues we care about.


We act with a high standard of integrity that respects the vision of our founders, guides humble and ethical decision-making and reflects our commitment to inclusive actions and equal opportunities.