News & Updates

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?

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

The RBF at 75: Lessons from Family Philanthropy

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. The RBF is often held up as an example of a family foundation that has thrived in the decades after its inception. What lessons can its history offer?

2016 Grantee and Applicant Perception Report from CEP

Earlier this year, the Center for Effective Philanthropy surveyed the RBF’s grantees and applicants to gain insight into their perception of the Fund’s performance. This process allows core constituencies the opportunity to provide us with feedback on our work and we are committed to responding to their suggestions.
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RBF Trustee Hugh Lawson at the second annual World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Investing Forum, October 5, 2016.

RBF Trustee Hugh Lawson Delivers Keynote Address at Sustainable Investing Forum of World Resources Institute

Hugh Lawson delivered the keynote address at the second annual World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Investing Forum and spoke about his experience integrating ESG principles into portfolios at Goldman Sachs, as well as the Fund's mission-aligned investment practices.

Case Study: Activating the Fund’s Endowment for Extra Impact

The story behind the evolution of the Fund’s Mission-Aligned and Impact Investment strategies is the subject of a case study by The ImPact. The study offers actionable insights that families and organizations can use to align their investments with their values.

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