Sabrina Merage Foundation

The Sabrina Merage Foundation was established in 2008 to build bridges between diverse societies through educational programs for young people to promote tolerance and diversity.

Through strategic social venture partnerships and cutting-edge initiatives, the Foundation brings people together to mitigate anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry that breed hatred and misunderstanding throughout the world.

The Foundation focuses on programs and organizations that center around:

  • Education
  • Tolerance
  • Awareness

Through the lens of these three objectives, the Foundation finds progressive solutions to address the problems of intolerance faced by adolescents and young adults.

To this end, the Sabrina Merage Foundation deploys its resources in collaboration with partners to achieve significant results and sustained impact, ultimately leading to a more peaceful world.

 
 
 

 

David & Laura Merage Foundation

Founded by Sabrina's parents David & Laura, The Merage Foundation's mission is to promote self-sufficiency through education and community development.

The Merage Foundation's philanthropic investments are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives.

We believe that education is the gateway to optimal life outcomes, and the majority of our initiatives are tied to increasing educational opportunities. In Colorado, we are launching Early Learning Ventures to transform the early childhood education industry.

In Israel, we see education as the main vehicle for achieving our goal of improving quality of life, and we are investing in the most advanced educational facilities, technologies and methodologies in Negev communities.

In the Art and Community program area, we continue our commitment to education. With the founding of RedLine, a vibrant community art incubator supporting the creative expression of emerging and mid-career artists, we are providing an innovative approach to art education. Our investments in Jewish Life are centered on cultural heritage education and promoting acceptance of cultural and religious differences.

To Learn More About The David & Laura Merage Foundation, Please Visit: www.merage.org

 

 
 
 

Meet The Foundation...

 

Sabrina Merage

Sabrina Merage founded the Sabrina Merage Foundation in 2008 with the intention of building bridges between diverse societies through educational programs for young people. She is passionate about the issues of religious, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and promoting tolerance of these issues in schools and college campuses throughout the world. Sabrina focuses much of her philanthropic efforts on uniting communities and paving the way for individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect, teach, and learn from one another. She spends much of her time doing community work and sits on numerous committees and boards with the hope of affecting change through education.

Sabrina Merage works as a part of the Private Equity Direct Investment Division of Consolidated Investment Group (CIG), her family office investment firm which invests across numerous asset classes including real estate, public equities, and funds. Sabrina's team is tasked with making direct investments and acquisitions of branded packaged food companies. Additionally, Sabrina recently announced the launch of Echo Capital Group, the venture capital investment firm with the Millennial edge. ECHO is focused on early stage investments in consumer product companies founded by young, driven entrepreneurs who are developing exciting concepts for the uniquely individual Millennial demographic. ECHO’s mission is to elevate innovative companies in the consumer product space to a whole new level through equity investments, board leadership, and strategic support. The Merage family and numerous members of the CIG team come from a long history in frozen food manufacturing through nearly 30 years of running Chef America, best known for creating Hot Pockets.

Sabrina has been invited to speak at conferences all over the country for family members and advisers alike, and has been featured in magazines and business articles for her work with CIG and through the Sabrina Merage Foundation.

 

Sue Renner

Sue is Executive Director of the Merage Foundations and oversees the grant making and operations for the Merage Foundations, and is spearheading the development of the Foundation's Early Learning Ventures initiative to increase the stability and productivity of Colorado's ECE sector through market-based interventions. Prior to joining the Merage Foundation in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of Early Childhood Connections, a non-profit corporation providing early intervention supports and services to over 1,000 infants and toddlers and their families each year in the Denver-metro region. Sue also worked as a Senior Program Manger with the Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies where she was responsible for launching Colorado's T.E.A.C.H. program, a public-private venture to provide early care and education professionals with college scholarships.

Sue's experience includes volunteer leadership roles with several community development, family support and early care and education organizations. In her tenure as President of the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council she established several new initiatives including the Developmental Surveillance Project, a successful venture to engage pediatricians and parents in the early identification of developmental delays. Ms. Renner received her BS in Human Development from California Polytechnic University, and her MS in Child and Family Development from Colorado State University.

Email Sue - srenner@merage.org 


Carli Franks

Carli is the Strategic Marketing Manager for the Merage Foundations where she oversees all press relations, communications, website, social media, and marketing efforts to elevate the great work of the foundations and partners. Carli has more than 9 years of experience in marketing and communications in both the association and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Merage Foundations, she was a Marketing Manager at SmithBucklin in Chicago where she worked on operational teams to support a variety of professional associations in the healthcare, technology and business trade environments. In this role, she managed teams of marketing and communications professionals to develop and execute marketing strategies relating to events, membership recruitment, program launches and website development.

Carli also worked at both the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross in event planning, fundraising and marketing roles.

Carli is currently an Executive Board member of her college Alumni Board at North Central College where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications and Organizational Leadership in 2005.

Email Carli - cfranks@merage.org

 

Chad Robertson

Chad is the Program Administrator for the Merage Foundations, and is responsible for supporting all grant-funding initiatives.  After 8 years of teaching high school English in NYC, Florida, and Colorado, the partnerships he developed with education-related non-profits revealed the tremendous impacts that can be achieved outside of the classroom.  Dedicated to social justice, Chad refocused his career in order to contribute to organizations that effect profound social change. Chad received his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rollins College.

Email Chad - crobertson@merage.org