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Mission Statement

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

RBF Programs

Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. The RBF's grantmaking is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development. Though the Fund pursues its three program interests in a variety of geographic contexts, it has identified several specific locations on which to concentrate cross-programmatic attention. The Fund refers to these as "RBF pivotal places": subnational areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to the Fund's substantive concerns and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world. The Fund currently works in three pivotal places: New York City, Western Balkans, and Southern China. Discerning and communicating the impact of our grantmaking and other program activities are essential to fulfilling our mission and commitment to stewardship, transparency, and accountability. The RBF carefully monitors performance—both institutional effectiveness and program impact. To learn more, visit Foundation Performance.

The Pocantico Center

In 1991, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund leased from the National Trust for Historic Preservation the portion of the Rockefeller estate bequeathed to the Trust by Nelson Rockefeller. Subsequently, through the generosity of members of the Rockefeller family, the Fund created The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in the estate's Coach Barn as an extension of its grantmaking activities.