The RBF at 75: Lessons from Family Philanthropy

  • John 3rd, Winthrop, Nelson, and Laurance Rockefeller in the family’s New York Office, 1938. Photo courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

We marked the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s 75th anniversary in November 2015 and continue to reflect on common themes from our history through a series of essays.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is often recognized as an example of a family foundation that has thrived in the decades after its inception. As new generations of the family have joined its leadership and its mission has evolved over the years, how might the ingredients of its success be described? What lessons can it offer?

12 Lessons from Family Philanthropy

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