News & Updates

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.
New York City birdseye view
Photo by Anthony Quintano, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

RBF Grants $1.5 Million to Help NYC Museums Build Back Better

The initiative will support a range of exhibitions, programs, residencies, and other projects that provide greater visibility and opportunities for artists who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, as well as for women and LGBTQ artists.
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.
Afghan Women’s Network, a grantee of the Peacebuilding program, empowers women to participate in the political process to secure justice and peace. Photo courtesy of Afghan Women’s Network.

Peacebuilding Program Adopts New Guidelines to Confront Evolving Challenges

The Peacebuilding program team took inspiration from a wide range of peacebuilders. Some are internationally acclaimed figures, others are the less well-known but equally inspiring partners whom the Peacebuilding staff is privileged to work with and learn from.
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.