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 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.
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 Give ALA and find Merritt Fund listed under the ALA Divisions and Offices tab, then go to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.


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.

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

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. 4226

James LaRue
Merritt Fund Secretary
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4222

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