LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust

In 1991, LuEsther T. Mertz established a trust to support 14 organizations that had benefited from her largess during her lifetime. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust officially began the challenge of continuing LuEsther’s charitable legacy in 1995, providing the named beneficiaries with endowment, capital and programmatic support. The named beneficiaries work primarily in the fields of theater and dance, parks and open space, the environment, and civil liberties. In addition, through the LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund at the New York Community Trust, the Trust has occasionally supported theater/dance and parks/open space initiatives and programs.

Mertz Gilmore Foundation staff administer the grantmaking for the Trust, which is by invitation only.