David Rockefeller Fund


Statement on the Passing of David Rockefeller

With the deepest sadness, the Trustees and staff of the David Rockefeller Fund note the passing of our co-founder, David Rockefeller, on March 20, 2017 at 101 years of age. For more than 37 years, Mr. Rockefeller served as the Fund’s generous inspiration, mentor and the loving head of his family of trustees.

Our board Chair, Michael Quattrone, said of his grandfather: “My cousins and I mourn the passing of our kind and loving grandfather, David Rockefeller, who served as model and inspiration to us, and the wider Rockefeller family. He embodied the values of reverence for the Earth, stewardship of the arts, and service to humanity. He taught us to leave the world a better place than we found it through hard work, strong and diverse relationships, and generosity.

“In his later years, Grandpa delighted in becoming a great-grandfather, and was devoted to his ten great-grandchildren. He said often, ‘Love is the most important thing.’ We are grateful for his vision of the David Rockefeller Fund as a way to engage his descendants in meaningful work across generations. His generosity and wisdom have made possible a new generation of family members committed to a more just, creative, and flourishing world.” Download Full Statement Here


The David Rockefeller Fund was established in 1989 by David Rockefeller and his wife Peggy to carry out their annual charitable giving in communities where they had homes outside New York City. In 2001, David Rockefeller expanded the Fund and invited his children and grandchildren and their spouses to take a more active role in the Fund with the idea of transferring to them the family’s philanthropic tradition. The Fund’s work provides a learning environment where family members are able to engage in dialogue and grant-making around shared topics of interest.

“Our family continues to be united in the belief that those who have benefited the most from our nation’s economic system have a special responsibility to give back to our society in meaningful ways.” – David Rockefeller

Mission and Vision


We invest in catalytic ideas, people, efforts, and institutions working strategically toward ecological regeneration, justice system reform, and art for social impact.


The David Rockefeller Fund is a family foundation inspired by the vision and generosity of our founders, David and Peggy Rockefeller, to foster and embody a more just, creative, and flourishing world.

The Fund currently has three primary program areas: Arts, Criminal Justice, and Environment. The Arts Program focuses on cultivating, showcasing and disseminating the stories of innovative art for social change; Criminal Justice supports bold new ideas and policy initiatives for transforming U.S. detention and incarceration policy; and Environment supports new ideas, initiatives and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership.

In addition to the program areas outlined above, the Fund underwrites a number of initiatives designed to encourage family members’ individual philanthropic involvement and interests.

Press Release: Download 1/9/17 press release