LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

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About the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund was established in 1970 as a special trust in memory of Dr. LeRoy C. Merritt. It is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees’ opinion, are:

  • Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of ; or
  • Denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world’s written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights.
If you are in need of assistance, please click here to submit an application.  If you have any questions, please contact the Merritt Fund at (800) 545-2433 x4226 or at merrittfund@ala.orgThe Merritt Fund is governed by a board of three trustees who are elected by donors.
To donate to the Merritt Fund, visit the donations page.  To add a link to the Merritt Humanitarian Fund to your website, visit the Merritt Fund Committee of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table.  
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Three-Year Report:  In lieu of an annual report, the Merritt Fund compiles and releases a report on the state of the organization every three years.  Here's the 2009-2011 report.  See past reports.

*New! American Libraries magazine article: "Merritt Fund Aids a Colleague in Distresss" (pdf - uploaded by permission of American Libraries)

Upcoming Events

The Merritt Fund trustees will meet on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Past Events

June 23, 2012 - "Reception for a Cause," 2012 ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
April 11, 2012 - Free webinar: "Moving Difficult Conversations Toward Positive Outcomes: Coping with Challenges in the Library Workplace."  Co-sponsored by the Merritt Fund, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and ALA JobList Placement Center. (Note: this webinar will be recorded and subsequently made available as a webcast.)

The MERRITT FUND 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA took place June 28, 2010 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Click here to see photos from the event!  Check out Carol Brey-Casiano's video interview about her experience with the Merritt Fund and the 40th Anniversary Gala.  Read ALA Council's resolution honoring the Merritt Fund's 40th Anniversary (passed January 10, 2010). 

Promotional Video

Click here to watch a video about the work of the Merritt Fund!

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OIF Staff Liaisons to the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4223
Fax: 312-280-4227

Barbara Jones
Merritt Fund Secretary
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4222
Fax: 312-280-4227

Kim Diehnelt
Merritt Fund Program Coordinator
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4223
Fax: 312-280-4227