The following questions are frequently asked about the Markle Foundation:


Who established the Markle Foundation and why?

John and Mary Markle established the Foundation in 1927, "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among the people of the United States, and to promote the general good of mankind." Over the years and with each successive leader, the focus of the Foundation's work has evolved without ever straying from John and Mary Markle's original vision of creating a better world through the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.

Markle Interactive Timeline 

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What is the common link between Markle’s work in the Economic Future Initiative, Health, and National Security?

Markle’s work in the Economic Future Initiative, Health, and National Security focuses on how to catalyze change across the sectors to improve the lives of American. Technology often provides an important means to this end.

When technology is woven into the fabric of institutions that serve and protect people, information becomes a powerful tool for addressing critical public needs and empowering individuals to improve their lives.

Markle works with collaborators from both the public and private sectors in pursuit of these primary goals:

  • To find opportunities to promote scalable solutions for job creation and skills acquisition to enable all Americans to participate and flourish in a networked economy.
  • To advance health information technology to improve people’s lives.
  • To mobilize information and information technology to advance national security while protecting civil liberties.

In each of these areas, we know that the effective and appropriate use of information technology can—and does—improve people's lives. We also know that our nation's goals in these areas cannot be met without applying advancements in technology, and that the development of new technologies must be guided by carefully deliberated policies.

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How is Markle a catalyst for change?

To harness the power of people and technology, the Markle Economic Future Initiative is collaborating with committed individuals from diverse sectors and political perspectives who share a singular belief that courageous, connected, responsive leadership and collective action can stimulate the revitalization of the middle class and the American Dream.

Connecting for Health has been a public-private collaborative of government, industry, technology, consumer, and health care leaders. This collaborative has worked to catalyze the widespread changes needed to realize the full potential of health information technology, while protecting patient privacy and the security of personal health information.

The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age brought together a diverse panel of security experts from the past six presidential administrations, as well as numerous thought leaders from both the private and public sectors.

Markle Task Force members' expertise has encompassed technology, government, industry, policy development, and civil liberties. Many of the Markle Task Force's recommendations for building a trusted information environment have been incorporated in federal legislation and executive order.

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Why is the public-private collaboration so important?

Markle has demonstrated that bringing together the knowledge and experience of the public and private sectors can provide a formula for addressing previously intractable public problems. This strategy has proven successful in finding common ground and building consensus as well as promoting innovation among a broad spectrum of experts in government, industry, and the non-profit sector.

This collaborative approach has been the driving force behind three important Markle initiatives, and the work of these initiatives has gained widespread acceptance, as evidenced by the enactment of major federal laws and the development of new technologies over the last 15 years.

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What kind of deliverables does Markle produce? Who are the intended audiences?

Markle and its collaborators have helped introduce key legislation and policy. The Markle Connecting for Health public-private collaboration has developed foundational practices for sharing personal health information in a way that preserves privacy and security. These policy and technology practices are embodied in the Markle Common Framework, and are endorsed by a wide range of experts and organizations. In addition, the Blue Button, allowing patients to download and share their personal health information, was conceived at a Markle Connecting for Health meeting. In national security, through a series of reports, numerous congressional testimonies, visualizations, extensive outreach activities and other work, the Markle Task Force created and advocated recommendations that were integrated in the 9/11 Commission Report and eventually in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 2004 and the Protect America Act of 2007.

Since launching its work in 2013, the Markle Economic Future Initiative is exploring strategies for leveraging the forces of globalization and technology to enable Americans to participate and flourish in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy.

Markle produces educational reports, multimedia and interactive presentations, articles, and briefs of interest to a wide range of individuals and organizations. These include policy-makers and regulators at the local, state, and federal level, as well as decision-makers in the public sector (e.g., government agencies and the organizations they contract to provide services to the public). In the private sector, these include business leaders, technology developers and implementers, and industry experts (e.g., health care providers and insurers, energy companies, homeland security contractors). In addition, Markle’s work is also intended for use by legal experts, public interest advocates and representatives, academics, researchers, analysts, and think tanks.

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What are Markle's policies for the re-use of content found on Markle websites?

The Markle documents posted on this website exist to serve our mission to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge. You are free to read the documents online or download them for your own reference. You may also create links to our materials on your own website or social networks.

If you are interested in reprinting, redistributing, or referencing any portion of our work in your own publications, please contact us at for permissions, attribution language, or additional information.

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Can I apply to receive a grant from the Markle Foundation?

We have found that the most effective way for us to leverage our resources is to structure and operate our own projects in cooperation with our partners, instead of working as a traditional grant-making organization. Therefore, we do not accept unsolicited grant applications.

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How can my organization become a partner in one of your current projects?

Markle's approach entails convening multi-sector groups of leaders and innovators from technology, government, public interest organizations, and business to bring about the technical and policy changes needed to enable breakthroughs in the public interest. We seek out partners who can make valuable contributions toward achieving our common goals.

Please review the descriptions provided on our Economic Future Initiative, Health and National Security pages, or contact us at for more information.

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Where can I find Markle's 990 IRS tax forms?

The forms are available here: Tax Forms

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