Mission-Aligned Investing At A Glance

General

  • The mission of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
  • As of September 30, 2019, the market value of the Fund’s total investment assets was $1.22 billion.
  • Each year, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is required by law to distribute five percent of its endowment for charitable purposes.

Fossil Fuel Divestment

  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced it would divest from all fossil fuels in September 2014.
  • As of June 30, 2019, the Fund’s exposure to coal and tar sands is less than 0.05 percent of our total portfolio. (At the time of the RBF’s first comprehensive analysis of its exposure in April 2014, it was 1.6 percent.)
  • As of June 30, 2019, the Fund’s total fossil fuel exposure is estimated to be 1.0 percent. (In April 2014, it was 6.6 percent.)

Impact Investments

  • The Fund defines impact investments as investments that both deliver market-rate returns and generate meaningful and measurable impact toward the Fund’s mission.
  • The Fund has set a portfolio allocation target of 20 percent for impact investments.
  • As of September 2019, the Fund has $165,700,000 committed to impact investments, or approximately 14 percent of its total endowment.

ESG Investments

  • ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance screening criteria.
  • In addition to its impact investments, the Fund has $265,093,600 in ESG investments, comprising approximately 22 percent of its total endowment, as of September 2019.

Further Reading

Inquiries

  • For media and public speaking inquiries, please contact Sarah Edkins Lien, Director of Communications, at [email protected]

News and updates

New Report Shows Divesting Foundations Can Build Value Without Sacrificing Values

The report surveys all philanthropies that have signed the Divest-Invest pledge since 2014.

Assessing Mission-Aligned Investment Efforts: Progress and Challenges

In partnership with Agility and individual fund managers, the RBF seeks to develop and refine approaches to assessing the nonfinancial outcomes of our mission-aligned investing.

A Dialogue about Democracy & Capitalism with Naomi Klein and Stephen Heintz

"The climate crisis is really the forcing mechanism: it is so big, so existential, so serious. But it reveals these bigger issues around humanity—the sense of fairness and justice and equality. Unless we reestablish an ethos of caring and sharing as a way of acting on this planet, we’re not going to solve this crisis.”

News and updates

RBF Progress on Fossil Fuel Divestment

As of June 30, 2019, the Fund’s total fossil fuel exposure is estimated to be 1.0 percent.