News & Updates

A male and female ballet dancer spin against the lush natural background on the outdoor stage at Kykuit.
Photo by Fred Charles.

2018 Annual Review: The Pocantico Center

The Pocantico Center hosts conferences and meetings, artists residencies and performances, and public and community programs that support the Fund’s philanthropic activities. It also offers public access through forums, lectures, and educational programs focused on the Pocantico Historic Area’s buildings, gardens, and collections of decorative and fine art. Public tours of Kykuit are offered from May through mid-November each year, drawing 32,954 visitors in 2018.
Actors on stage stand behind a number of condoms inflated like balloons.

Members of Qendra Multimedia utilized experimental theatre techniques to voice the perspectives of a wide variety of characters in a small Kosovo town—as well as the observations of one well-situated tree. (Photo by Jetmir Idrizi.)

Qendra Multimedia’s ‘55 Shades of Gay’ Grapples with Social Reform in Kosovo

The envelope-pushing satire about the challenges and paradoxes of inclusion in the Balkans made its U.S. premiere in March.

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.”
A census worker visits residents to increase awareness about the Census, verify addresses, and answer questions in 2010.
Credit: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office

RBF Joins New York Foundations Calling on Governor Cuomo to Support Census Outreach

Private investment alone cannot provide the resources to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.

California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. addresses the audience at the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018.
Credit: Nikki Ritcher Photography.

Global Climate Action Summit: Actions and Possibilities

Sustainable Development program director Michael Northrop catalogues the surprising breadth and depth of local, regional, and corporate actions announced at the first subnational climate summit.

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