About the Milbank Memorial Fund

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience. Founded in 1905, the Fund engages in nonpartisan analysis, collaboration, and communication on significant issues in health policy. It does this work by:

  • publishing high-quality, evidence-based reports, books, and The Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health policy;
  • convening state health policy decision makers on issues they identify as important to population health;
  • and building communities of health policymakers to enhance their effectiveness.

Mission Statement

Mission
The Milbank Memorial Fund improves the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience.

Vision
We envision communities made healthier using the best evidence and experience.

Values
Objectivity and Non-partisanship

  • We base all our work on the best possible evidence and experience—gathered, evaluated and synthesized—regardless of affiliation or ideology.

Collaboration and Community

  • We believe effective policies and programs emerge when individuals and groups with diverse views and backgrounds work together in a fashion marked by civil discourse and integrity that promotes trust. Improving population health must take into account the needs of entire populations, not just those with access to resources.

Sustainability and Accountability

  • We are stewards of resources, always mindful of the effect of our programs, our investments and our conduct on future generations and the intent of our founder, Elizabeth Milbank Anderson. We work on important issues with achievable goals—where the evidence is strong and the practice is not.

Leadership and Excellence

  • We believe leadership that is future-oriented, aware of the needs of many, inquisitive, principled, and pragmatic, is essential to improving population health.