Recognizing the challenges to many of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s program priorities presented by the political climate, the board of trustees has approved an increase in the Fund’s grants budget by nearly 12 percent for 2017, Fund President Stephen Heintz announced today.
The board of trustees affirmed RBF’s strategic approach to global engagement and directed the additional funds be used to support the Fund’s work with our grantee organizations to protect and strengthen the vitality of our democracy. The Fund will seek opportunities to address new threats to an inclusive democracy in the United States and to defend people, organizations, principles, and policies that are at risk, while also striving to advance further progress on longstanding RBF program goals.
“The RBF believes that philanthropy is important to the health of a vibrant democracy. We’re grateful that our trustees have taken this step to bolster our resources at a time of increasingly rapid change,” Heintz said. “The Fund will immediately begin to look at additional ways we can advance the work of our grantee partners that is crucial for building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful future.”