News & Updates

Four people wearing headphones sit at a museum exhibition, looking at images and listening to sound from its historic archive.

At the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, RBF staff and trustees experienced the soundscape of a civil rights-era lunch counter sit-in.

History, Democracy, and Justice: Reflecting on a Trustee Trip to the American South

The movement leaders we met with emphasized the need for long-term investment in a vision of a post-patriarchal, pluralistic democracy to advance the goals of economic, racial, and environmental justice.
An artist's rendering of the corona virus
An artist's rendering of the corona virus.

Update on the Corona Virus

Given the swiftly evolving spread of COVID-19, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has made the difficult decision to close our offices, including The Pocantico Center, beginning Wednesday, March 11, until further notice.
The book cover of Democracy Unchained, by David Orr (Editor), Andrew Gumbel (Editor), Bakari Kitwana (Editor).

Democracy Unchained, How to Rebuild Government for the People is available now from The New Press.

Philanthropy and Democracy

An excerpt from the new anthology "Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People," released today by The New Press. Are those who have profited from our current economic system in a position to challenge its fundamental, undemocratic premises?
An overhead view of a desk with laptops, papers, and a document being passed from one person to another.

Reflecting on DEI in Our Investment Practices

Informed by a new report from the Knight Foundation, several foundations have begun to explore how we can better support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the investment space.
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.

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