News & Updates

A chart of the RBF's endowment value from 2017 through 2019.

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.

2019 Annual Review: Finance

Given the enormous and complex challenges facing today’s increasingly interdependent world, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has worked over the last decade to align the remaining 95 percent of its financial portfolio with its programmatic interests in democratic practice, peacebuilding, and sustainable development.
The RBF staff stand on the stairs outside a building for a group photo.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund 2019 staff retreat.

2019 Annual Review: Staff & Trustees

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to maintain the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and accountability and are committed to recruiting a diverse board of trustees and staff.
Arturo Aguilar. Photo courtesy of the Seattle International Foundation.

Arturo Aguilar to Lead New Rockefeller Brothers Fund Grantmaking Program in Central America

After years of research and planning, in late 2019 the RBF selected the region encompassing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the focus for a new “pivotal place” program. Aguilar will work with civil society organizations and other stakeholders to shape the program to address the most pressing issues facing the region. The program is expected to begin grantmaking in earnest in mid-2021.
A photo of the letters that were mailed to households inviting them to complete the census online

RBF Joins More than 500 Funders to Call for a Full, Unimpaired Census Count

The letter reflects an unprecedented consensus among national, state, and local grantmakers and philanthropic institutions.
Photo by Aaron Burden.

Philanthropy's Obligation to Democracy

Less than 2 percent of philanthropic dollars spent in the past decade have been dedicated to efforts to advance voting, promote civic participation, strengthen government, support the news media, and pursue other work that ensures our democracy is functioning well.