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RBF Joins 120 Philanthropic Leaders Calling to Uphold American Democracy During Tense Election

“Repairing the fabric of our democracy will require extraordinary stewardship by leaders across society.”

2019 Annual Review

It was a remarkable year at the RBF that brought to fruition long-term projects, initiatives, and plans that will lay the foundation for our continued efforts and evolution over the next decade and into a new era that has already begun.
John D. Rockefeller’s 1908 Orangerie, which will be transformed into the David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center to open in 2021. Photo by Fred Charles.

2019 Annual Review: Introduction

In my 19 years at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, never before has the present tense in which I write this introduction to the Annual Review seemed so epochally removed from the year on which it reflects.
The RBF made a $12.5 million impact investment in Renewable Resources Group (RRG), which launched California Harvesters in 2018 to provide a better environment for farmworkers while meeting labor demands. Photo courtesy of RRG.

2019 Annual Review: A Broader Vision of Our Assets

The journey we have taken to deploy our endowment investments for greater sustainability has led us to a broader realization that the impact of our institutional decisions and practices can bolster and extend the social change efforts of our grantees.
Afghan Women’s Network empowers its members to participate in Afghanistan’s political processes and efforts to secure justice and peace. Photo courtesy of Afghan Women’s Network.

2019 Annual Review: Grantmaking

As a result of a generous bequest from the estate of David Rockefeller, the Fund’s 2019 grantmaking budget increased by more than 10 percent over the previous year.