Annual Reviews: 1980-1989

1989 Annual Review

Colin G. Campbell is recognized for successfully completing his first year as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s new president in the 1989 annual report. Campbell offers his first message, highlighting ways in which the RBF's One World program responded to political, social, and economic changes and challenges across the globe.

1988 Annual Review

Chairman David Rockefeller Jr. and President Colin G. Campbell both took office this year and made the transition into their respective leadership roles. An introductory essay in the 1988 annual report highlights strides made by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in areas of public education, arts education, and sustainable agriculture. 

1987 Annual Review

Chairman David Rockefeller, one of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's founders, offered a special message in the 1987 annual report as he prepared to retire.  Chairman Rockefeller, who was succeeded in office by his son, David Jr., reflected on his family's long tradition of philanthropy dating back to the first efforts of his grandfather who used his wealth to establish three institutions of higher learning.

1986 Annual Review

The 1986 annual report centers on East Asia and its growing significance in the world economy Dr. Han Sung-joo, a professor at Korea University, Seoul and the 1986 Rockefeller Brothers Fund Distinguished Fellow, examines East-West relations and the changing balance of world power.

1985 Annual Review

The 1985 annual report explores the attitudes, behaviors, and motivations behind charitable behavior. The article highlights a national survey, underwritten by the Rockerfeller Brothers Fund, which researched the giving habits of more than a thousand people. The objective was to discover how individuals across the country can be stimulated to incorporate the practice of giving into their lives.

1984 Annual Review

The 1984 annual report features an essay by Dr. Francis M. Deng, the first Rockefeller Brothers Fund Distinguished Fellow. The article focuses on the process of nation-building in Africa and the inherent ability of its people to be resourceful in overcoming their own political, social, and economic challenges.

1983 Annual Review

Educating and informing the public and decision makers about the necessity of preserving America’s farmland is the focus of the 1983 annual report. The featured article notes that much of the nation's prime farmland is being acquired and developed for non-agricultural use without concern for long term consequences.

1982 Annual Review

The 1982 annual report features a series of vignettes entitled "Three Grants," which gives a thorough examination of how grants awarded by the Rockefefeller Brothers Fund have helped three organizations to further their missions.

1981 Annual Review

The 1981 annual report includes an essay highlighting the ways in which Rockefeller Brothers Fund support has helped New York City grow and evolve through its changes, challenges, and periods of crisis, in areas such as housing and community development, public education, social welfare, and cultural affairs.

1980 Annual Review

The new millennium is the focus in the 1980 annual report, exploring the consequences world trends may have on the population, natural resources, and the environment.