The Mercers' Company
In essence, we are a membership organisation in the business of philanthropy.
During 2017, we have developed a new Philanthropy Strategy which is described here in brief.
The Company and its associated charitable trusts – the Mercer family of charities – are involved in three main types of philanthropic activity:
- Providing direct charity services, principally almshouses
- Members' philanthropy, through their time, skills, knowledge and networks
- Grant making and social investment
Our new grants programmes are being finalised and we will be able to tell you more by the end of January 2018.
Mercers believe in nurturing aspirations and investing in opportunities to create positive change so that everyone has the potential to lead a fulfilling life
People living in communities with some of the biggest challenges in the UK
(particularly in parts of London where there is significant inequality, and in those areas of the East and North East England where we have longstanding relationships)
Use our assets wisely and creatively for positive change in people’s lives, now and in the future
Make the most of our longevity and independence
Build strong relationships and partnerships
Make knowledgeable decisions based on evidence and clarity of purpose
Young People & Education
Getting a good start in life is essential and our programmes include some support for the very youngest children. Our experience is in helping children achieve their potential through school and in communities and extends to helping young people through challenging transitions in their lives.
Older People & Housing
We recognise that many people need extra support in older age but can also bring huge benefits into communities through their experience, wisdom and time. Our strategy recognises both the challenges and assets of ageing.
Church & Communities
We want to support church, faith and secular community based organisations, enabling more people to come together to deliver positive change, strengthening both personal and community connections and nurturing resilience.
Our programme priorities are informed by four cross cutting themes:
Learning and education for young people have been central in our work for centuries and will continue. We will also nurture lifelong learning for all
We will develop leadership and good practice in the sectors we care about most, to build and strengthen more effective organisations
Resilience and emotional wellbeing are integral to a ‘good life’; we will nurture creative and cultural opportunities that foster wellbeing, particularly in communities where they are hard to come by
Family and friendship is at the heart of Mercers' life. Our strategy places a high value on helping people build stronger connections, overcome isolation and build new relationships, making ‘Love thy neighbour’ a practical reality through social action
The Mercers’ Company grants programmes are being finalised and we will be able to tell you more by the end of January 2018. For now we hope that this high level framework will help you decide if there’s likely to be a good fit between our aims and yours.