News & Updates

Abby M. O'Neill, pictured here in 1983. Photo courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

The Fund Mourns the Loss of Abby O’Neill, Former Trustee and Board Chair, 1928–2017

The trustees and staff of the RBF mourn the passing of our former trustee and board chair, Abby M. O’Neill, who was elected as a trustee of the Fund in 1958, the first member of her generation to serve as a Fund trustee and, later, the first woman to serve as board chair.
RBF Board Chair Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, Founding Trustee David Rockefeller, and President Stephen Heintz in 2015. (Todd Shapera Photography)

On the Loss of David Rockefeller, 1915–2017

With deep sadness, the trustees and staff of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund mourn the passing of our founder, David Rockefeller, who launched the RBF in 1940 with his four brothers, and devoted his remarkable life to creating a better world.

RBF President Stephen Heintz Announces Increase of 2017 Program Grants Budget

Recognizing the challenges to many of the RBF's program priorities presented by the political climate, the board of trustees has approved an increase in the Fund’s grants budget by nearly 12 percent for 2017, Fund President Stephen Heintz announced today.

The Fund Joins as a Signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

The RBF is pleased to become a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI’s members collaborate to implement and promote a set of voluntary principles that integrate environmental, social, and governance factors into their investment analysis.

The RBF at 75: Reflecting on Risk and Failure

We marked the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s 75th anniversary last year and continue to reflect on common themes from our history through a series of essays. As a sector, philanthropy can afford to take risks that private investors and government programs cannot. What have we learned about trying to maintain an "experimental disposition" over the years?

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