The Schmidt family founded Stiftung Mercator GmbH in Essen and Stiftung Mercator Schweiz in Zurich, endowing the foundation with funds from their own assets.

In 2021, Stiftung Mercator approved 51,2 million euros in funding for a total of 78 projects. Since beginning its activities, the foundation has made around 860 million euros worth of grants available to about 1900 projects.

The Meridian Stiftung is the proprietor of Stiftung Mercator GmbH; there and at the Cambiata Foundation, Zurich, which it founded, the assets for non-profit activities are invested and managed.

Here you will additionally find the financial information from our 2021 Annual Report which provides the statistics for our grant allocations and payments of recent years, as well as our annual financial statement.

A database containing all grant allocations since the beginning of 2008 can be found here.