John and Mary R. Markle established the Markle Foundation in 1927 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among people of the United States, and to promote the general good of mankind." Our mission has evolved over the past century to our present day focus on working to realize the potential of  information technology to address previously intractable public problems, for the health and security of all Americans.

Leadership Timeline

Markle's Leadership Timeline provides an overview of our rich history and shows how the foundation's areas of focus have evolved.

Interactive Leadership Timeline

Past Initiatives

Information about our legacy initiatives, which include Better Health through Information Technologies, Policy for a Networked Society, and Interactive Media for Children, is provided under our Past Initiatives section.

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The Markle Special Collection of public policy research documents is hosted by PolicyArchive, a project of the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The documents in this collection cover a broad range of topics that focus on the intersection of policy and information technology.

More about the Markle Special Collection at PolicyArchive

Rockefeller Archive Center

The Markle Collection at the Rockefeller Archive Center includes a rich collection of documents, photographs, and letters spanning more than nine decades of Markle Foundation history. 

More about the Markle Collection at the Rockefeller Archive Center