Merck Foundation Suspends Funding to the Boy Scouts of America

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 5:00 pm EST


December 5, 2012, Whitehouse Station, NJ – Merck Foundation has suspended all funding to the Boys Scouts of America (BSA).  The Merck Foundation will consider funding the BSA again when the organization's inclusion criteria has been expanded.

The BSA's policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines.  The Foundation re-evaluated funding for the BSA when the organization restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation.  Merck Foundation has notified the BSA of this decision.

As part of the broader review of funding decisions in 2013, the Foundation is currently assessing all current and future funding commitments to ensure that it is not funding organizations with policies contrary to its own.

About The Merck Foundation

The Merck Company Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation.  Established in 1957 by Merck, a global healthcare leader, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations.  Since its inception, The Merck Company Foundation has contributed more than $700 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit

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