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 as the Green Revolution in Latin America and Asia. In December 1999, the foundation adopted a new global mission to focus on poor people around the world who have been excluded from the benefits of globalization. Today, the Foundation promotes Smart Globalization by focusing its resources on five related issue areas: Basic Survival Safeguards, Global Health, Climate & Environment, Urbanization, and Social & Economic Security, and it funds a portfolio of initiatives that work across these areas, linking and interlinking, to achieve meaningful and measurable impact.
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, Sustainable Development, and Peacebuilding. Though the Fund pursues its three program interests in a variety of geographic contexts, it has identified several specific locations on which to concentrate cross-programmatic attention. The Fund refers to these as "RBF pivotal places": subnational areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to the Fund's substantive concerns and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world. The Fund currently works in three pivotal places: New York City, the Western Balkans, and Southern China.
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, and helping citizens hold public and private institutions accountable for their actions. The Fund is best known for its creative and leveraged grantmaking, its role as a catalyst in the nonprofit as well as the funding communities, and its record of public policy innovation. The board of trustees is comprised of members of the Rockefeller Family.
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 philanthropy as its only mission, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and as a whole has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA’s diverse staff of 37 is led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across multiple issue areas.
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 community that includes 2,000 faculty, clinicians, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff, all working on a 14-acre campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Rockefeller University Hospital, founded in 1910, serves as an essential link between laboratory investigation and bedside observation, with patients participating in clinical studies derived from basic research conducted at the University. Rockefeller scientists have made seminal contributions to biology and medicine, including the landmark finding that DNA is the substance of heredity. Over the years, 23 scientists associated with the University have received Nobel Prizes, and 21 have earned the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.
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.