Our Mission

The mission of The Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) is to unify, inspire and activate the marketing research community to focus its collective resources to educate children and youth worldwide.

Education is a powerful thing. It is the most influential element for bringing positive and lasting change. Unfortunately, many children don’t have access to it. The marketing research industry is compiled of highly intelligent individuals who want to use their education to inspire others. That’s why the Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) was created. The MREF is an international foundation dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for children worldwide.

The MREF is a high-profile, industry-wide initiative that involves researchers from every level of the marketing research industry across the globe. The foundation uses financial and human resources to provide the tools necessary to give children access to a quality education.

MREF funds go to projects that promise to improve education worldwide, seeking to unite researchers from around the world to help, whether through teaching, building a school, installing computer libraries or simply reading to children.


To date, the MREF has donated more than $125,000 to organizations in the United States and Haiti, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families. 

We’re proud to have provided grants to the organizations listed below. Each of them is committed to improving the lives of children in their community.


The Joseph School, Cabaret, Haiti, is a primary and secondary school providing Haitian children with the opportunity to receive a world-class education. The mission of The Joseph School is to educate the future leaders of Haiti. The MREF is proud to support the class of 2029 and help them through their 12 years of education at The Joseph School. The annual donation will help provide school supplies, curriculum, uniforms and shoes, along with transportation to and from school and two meals a day.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Brooklyn, N.Y., helps disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth and advance toward self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement and support services.

Operation Spark, New Orleans, offers an immersion programs that prepares low-opportunity individuals for employment in the technology sector in the Greater New Orleans area. Students completing the immersion program undergo the best training available in software development to become highly skilled engineers. Operation Spark officially launched as a non-profit on August 5, 2014. Through boot camps, teacher training and Studio Spark Apprentice programs, Operation Spark anticipates impacting 25,000 youth over the next five years!

Children of Promise (CPNYC), New York, embraces children of incarcerated parents and empowers them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system. CPNYC’s innovative model transforms the lives of children impacted by parental incarceration through academic support, one-to-one mentoring, mental health, arts enrichment, family engagement, social justice initiatives and recreational activities. To this day, CPNYC remains the first and only after-school program and summer day camp in New York City specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of this forgotten population.

12Plus is an organization that partners with high schools in underserved communities in Philadelphia to foster learning environments that empower students toward a successful post-secondary pathway. 12Plus offers a wide range of programming, including transition support, college readiness, college access, college persistence and leadership development.

Children of Hope School, Thomazeau, Haiti, offers primary education to 250 children, most of whom would never have the opportunity to attend school otherwise. Each child is also fed a meal. As this is often the only meal they get, it can be the deciding factor between a child staying at home, being sent to an orphanage or put into child labor.

Success Center San Francisco (SCSF) provides vocational support and opportunities to at-risk youth and adults by empowering marginalized or disconnected community members through education and employment. SCSF provides GED preparation combined with contextualized learning through job-readiness workshops, job training programming and job placement services.

Bricolage Academy is a charter school located in New Orleans that focuses on advancing educational equity and creating innovators. Bricolage opened to its flagship kindergarten class in 2013, expanding to Bricolage Middle School in 2018. The school’s mission is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to be innovators who change the world. LEAP 2017 results showed Bricolage as the highest performing open enrollment school in New Orleans.

SouthSide Early Childhood Center in St. Louis, Mo., nurtures, educates and inspires children and families in a diverse and inclusive environment, promoting healthy development and a strong foundation for success. Their vision is that children who develop a life-long love of learning flourish within a supportive family environment and contribute positively to their communities.

Old Town Academy K-8 Charter School, in San Diego, Calif., is a project-based learning charter school with a focus on core knowledge, project-based learning and digital literacy. In 2015, it educated 252 students who were admitted based upon state regulations, which emphasize economic diversity.

Maywood Fine Arts Association’s (MFA) mission is to provide affordable quality arts and fitness education to enrich and transform the lives of children and families in Maywood, Ill., and surrounding communities. The goal of MFA is to strengthen the community by combating drug activity, gang involvement and teenage pregnancy. Providing healthy after school and weekend activities encourages children to reach their full potential through arts and fitness education. Beyond arts and fitness instruction, MFA serves over 3,500 children through outreach programs.