LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
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 gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; 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.
*New! American Libraries magazine article: "Merritt Fund Aids a Colleague in Distresss" (pdf - uploaded by permission of American Libraries)
June 29, 2013 - "Reception for a Cause," 2013 ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
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).
Judith Krug, founder of the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, passed away on April 11, 2009. For more on her life and accomplishments, click here. To read how her friends, colleagues, and co-workers have paid tribute to her, click here. To donate online visit https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=811. Specify Judith Krug Memorial in "tribute section."
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, Illinois 60611
OIF Staff Liaisons to the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
Merritt Fund Secretary
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4222
Merritt Fund Program Coordinator
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4226