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’s work in Health and National Security focuses on how to catalyze change across the sectors to improve American’s lives. 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:
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 both of these areas cannot be met without applying advancements in technology, and that the development of new technologies must be guided by carefully deliberated policies.
The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age has comprised a 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.
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.
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 and promoting innovation among a broad spectrum of experts in government, industry, and the non-profit sector.
Markle and its collaborators produce numerous educational reports, multimedia and interactive presentations, articles, and briefs of interest to a wide range of individuals and organizations, including but not limited to the following:
A searchable and sortable list of publications and presentations is available in the Publications section of this Web site.
The Markle documents posted on this Web site 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 Web site 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 [email protected] for permissions, attribution language, or additional information.
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.
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.
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