The 1984 annual report features an essay by Dr. Francis M. Deng, the first Rockefeller Brothers Fund Distinguished Fellow. The article focuses on the process of nation-building in Africa and the inherent ability of its people to be resourceful in overcoming their own political, social, and economic challenges.
Educating and informing the public and decision makers about the necessity of preserving America’s farmland is the focus of the 1983 annual report. The featured article notes that much of the nation's prime farmland is being acquired and developed for non-agricultural use without concern for long term consequences.
The 1982 annual report features a series of vignettes entitled "Three Grants," which gives a thorough examination of how grants awarded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund have helped three organizations to further their missions.
The 1981 annual report includes an essay highlighting the ways in which Rockefeller Brothers Fund support has helped New York City grow and evolve through its changes, challenges, and periods of crisis, in areas such as housing and community development, public education, social welfare, and cultural affairs.