What We Fund and Do Not Fund

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The Rockefeller Brothers Fund supports charitable projects in the United States and abroad that seek to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations should be tax-exempt or seeking support for a project that would qualify as educational or charitable. The Fund’s grantmaking is organized around three thematic programs: Democratic PracticePeacebuilding, and Sustainable Development, and two place-based programs: China and Western BalkansThe Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture program, focused on New York, nurtures a vibrant and inclusive arts community in the Fund’s home city.

While the Fund works in a variety of geographic contexts, international grantmaking is primarily focused in its two international pivotal places: China and the Western Balkans.

The RBF awards a limited number of Philanthropic Stewardship and Special Opportunities grants that support nonprofit infrastructure organizations and help to further the Fund’s mission, but does not accept unsolicited applications in these areas.

For information about the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s support for conferences at The Pocantico Center, view the Center’s eligibility guidelines.

What We Do Not Fund

Support for Individuals

We do not provide grant support to individuals, including funding for education, health care, and travel to or attendance at conferences.

Meetings, Publications, and Films

We do not generally support meetings, publications or films, including documentaries, through its grantmaking, unless directly related to a Fund-supported project. Learn more about the use of The Pocantico Center for conferences.

Phased-Out Programs

The Fund strives to be a strategic funder in carrying out its mission. As such, we evaluate our grantmaking regularly and phase out lines of grantmaking as appropriate. No funding is available for phased-out programs. For more information about the RBF’s past grantmaking, visit the Past Programs page or see the Grants Search.

Capital Expenses

We do not award grants for capital expenses, including the construction and renovation of buildings.