News & Updates

RBF staff and trustees stand in front of the Jubilee Center, a former church, with Alicia Garza of Black Futures Lab and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, in Montgomery, AL.
RBF staff and trustees traveled to Montgomery, AL, with Alicia Garza of Black Futures Lab and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.

Earned Knowledge: The Intersection of Learned Knowledge and Lived Experience

The enduring challenges we face today require us to elevate lived experience and value it with the same enthusiasm and passion that we have historically valued learned knowledge.
Four wind turbines on a grassy plain

(Image by American Public Power Association on Unsplash)

The RBF Approach to Carbon Offsets

The RBF tracks its annual electric and transportation energy use and counteracts the calculated total greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsets.
Photo courtesy of the D.C. Public Library/Dr. Darrell C. Crain, Jr., Photograph Collection.

2018 Annual Review: President's Message

How can foundation philanthropy disentangle itself from the vast infrastructure of economic inequality that gave birth to it? How can we help correct the economic balance so that capitalism serves democracy—not the other way around?
A chart of the RBF's endowment value from 2016 through 2018.

In 2018, a generous gift from the estate of David Rockefeller raised the Rockefeller Brothers Fund endowment from approximately $960 million to over $1.2 billion.

2018 Annual Review: Finance

Each year, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is required by law to distribute five percent of its endowment for charitable purposes.
A cast of performers hang from scaffolding that supports giant lighted letters reading, "We Are."
Dokufest, an annual festival in Kosovo, took “As We Are” for its 2018 theme to encourage audiences to reflect on the world we live in today through film, art, and music. Photo by Elmedine Arapi.

2018 Annual Review: Grantmaking

Grantmaking is at the core of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s mission. The Fund awarded 322 grants in 2018, totaling $34.1 million.

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