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MMT began a hiatus from some grantmaking on March 15, suspending our Responsive Grants and Grassroots Grants programs to reorganize our grantmaking into priority focus areas over the next eight or nine months. We will no longer award grants to organizations for work done in Clark County, Wash., but have dedicated $1.5 million to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington in support of its community grantmaking.
First called the Fred G. Meyer Charitable Trust, this foundation was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, who built the chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. When Mr. Meyer died in 1978 at the age of 92, his will established the charitable trust, bequeathing it nearly two million shares of stock in Fred Meyer Inc. In 1982, most of the designated funds were transferred from the estate and the charitable trust began operating. All stock in Fred Meyer Inc. was sold prior to the transfer.
There is no relationship between the company and the charitable trust. In 1990, the name was changed to Meyer Memorial Trust to make the distinction between the business and the foundation more clear.
Meyer Memorial Trust was the largest private foundation in the Pacific Northwest until 1995. It is still among the largest 100 foundations in the nation.
When the Meyer Memorial Trust celebrated its 20th anniversary, we did a lot of reflecting on our first 20 years. Because foundations face so little scrutiny from outside, we thought it would by useful to us and others to take a candid look at the first two decades of our development. We include the results of that analysis here. READ MORE
Meyer Memorial Trust has not printed an annual report since 2004 because our website made them obselete. The website includes all the information our annual report did, and a whole lot more. It's constantly updated, so there's no need to wait a year before learning what MMT has been up to lately. We do, however, find real value in our past reports, so we've archived them below. Each year is a separate PDF file that has been scanned using optical character recognition software, so the files below are searchable.
Note: this annual report was a transition piece, bridging the old paper report with the website. It's a three dimensional experience, so while we've scanned the individual parts, we're afraid it won't be the same as holding one in your hands. We have a few of these left, so if you want one, please submit an email here to request one.