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Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 04/10/2018

At A Glance

Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 900

New York City, NY United States 10115-0066

Telephone: (212) 812-4200


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Politics






Incorporated in 1940 in NY - The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is a private, family foundation helping to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. It was created in 1940 by the sons of the late John D. Rockefeller, Jr.-John 3rd, Nelson, Winthrop, Laurance, and David-as a vehicle by which they could share advice and research on charitable activities and coordinate their philanthropic efforts to better effect. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. made a substantial gift to the Fund in 1951, and in 1960 the Fund received a major bequest from his estate. Together, these constitute the original endowment of the Fund.

Purpose and Activities

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund promotes social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Through its grantmaking, the Fund supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy. The Fund's programs are intended to develop leaders, strengthen institutions, engage citizens, build community, and foster partnerships that include government, business, and civil society. Respect for cultural diversity and ecological integrity pervades the Fund's activities. In keeping with the Fund's desire to align its investments with its mission, it has made the decision to divest from fossil fuels.