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.
The David Rockefeller 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 proposals and initiatives for transforming U.S. detention and incarceration policy; and Environment addresses new ideas, initiatives and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership.
Since the inception of these programs in 2001, the Fund has awarded grants to more than 140 organizations. Please see the Programs tab above for more detailed information on each program area.
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, as well as collaborative grant-making by the family.