About the Fund

Mission Statement

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

RBF Programs

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has six grantmaking programs that reflect the board and staff’s assessment of the challenges facing today’s increasingly interdependent world. Three programs—Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development—are fields of work that are issues of enduring global concern. These thematic programs identify places where breakthroughs are needed or opportunities to contribute to global progress are particularly compelling. They typically maintain a focus on the United States along with work internationally to strengthen the vitality of democracy, secure just and durable peace, and advance solutions to climate change. Three pivotal place programs—New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans—pursue program goals in our three fields of interest as appropriate to these specific contexts. They aim to build local capacity and generate lessons and innovations of significance to their immediate regions and beyond. We believe a combination of thematic and place-based approaches is needed to achieve enduring change.

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.