John D. Rockefeller established the Foundation in 1913 “to promote the wellbeing of mankind throughout the world.” From its earliest years, the Foundation has been both a grant-making and a direct operating institution. Major programs have included the China Medical Board (1913-1929) and the International Health Board (1913-1951). During the 1950s and 1960s the Foundation provided significant support for agricultural development, helping to promote what came to be known
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) was established in 1940 by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. – John III, Nelson, Winthrop, Laurance, and David (they were later joined by their sister Abby) – as a vehicle by which they could share advice and research on charitable activities and coordinate their philanthropic efforts to better effect. The Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. The RBF’s grantmaking is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice,
The Rockefeller Family Fund was established in 1967 by Martha, John, Laurance, Nelson, and David Rockefeller to span, according to its first annual report, the philanthropic interests of the third and fourth generations of the John D. Rockefeller family – the Brothers and the Cousins generations. For almost forty years, the Rockefeller Family Fund has worked at the cutting edge of advocacy in such areas as environmental protection, advancing the economic rights of women,
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $250 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, it traces its antecedents to John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy, “as if it were a business.” With thoughtful and effective
The Rockefeller University was founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. It was the first institution in the United States devoted solely to applying scientific research to better understand the underlying causes of disease and develop new treatments. Today, the University is one of the world’s foremost centers for biomedical research and graduate education in the life sciences. The University comprises 70 laboratories and a
The Rockefeller Archive Center was established in 1974 to assemble, process, and make available for scholarly research the papers of the Rockefeller family and the records of various philanthropic and educational institutions founded by the family. In 1984, the Center began to collect non-Rockefeller philanthropic records, which presently include the archives of the Commonwealth Fund, the Culpeper Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the John and Mary Markle Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.
In 1882, John D. Rockefeller established Rockefeller Family and Associates, one of the original family offices, to preserve his family’s assets and to manage his philanthropic endeavors. Rockefeller Financial had its beginnings in this office and today is an independent full-service wealth- and asset-management firm.