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The David Rockefeller Fund, Inc.

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Purpose and Activities

The fund currently has four primary program areas: Community, Arts, Criminal Justice, and Environment. The Community grants program (referred to as the Citizenship Program from 1990 to 2009) continues to support more than 80 local non-profit organizations annually with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. Since its inception, the Community Program has awarded grants totaling over $3.35 million. The Arts Program focuses on access and engagement; Criminal Justice promotes a more humane and fair criminal justice system; and Environment addresses climate change and local sustainability efforts. Between 2001 and 2009, the Fund awarded grants totaling over $3.8 million to more than 70 organizations in the Arts, Criminal Justice, and Environment program areas. Please see Programs for more detailed information. 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 grantmaking by the family.


Established in 1989 in NY - 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 his philanthropic legacy. The fund's work provides a learning environment where family members are able to engage in dialogue and grantmaking around shared topics of interest. David Rockefeller is a former banker, political appointee, globalist, and the current leader of the Rockefeller family. He has served as Chairman of such notable institutions as the Council of Foreign Relations, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Legion of Merit, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. David Rockefeller has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.


The David Rockefeller Fund, Inc.

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475 Riverside Drive, 900 New York City, NY United States 10115

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