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Encyclopedia > Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), (Philanthropy for an Interdependent World), is the principal philanthropic organisation created and run by members of the Rockefeller family. It was set up in New York City in 1940 by the five Rockefeller brothers: John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop and David. The Rockefeller family (originally Roggenfelder), founded by John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922), is an American industrial family of German origin, that made a fortune in the oil business during the latter part of the 19th century primarily through their Standard Oil Company. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... It has been suggested that William Whitney Rockefeller be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 - July 11, 2004) was a financier, philanthropist, and conservationist. ... Winthrop Rockefeller (1 May 1912 – 22 February 1973), a member of the prominent United States Rockefeller family, was a politician and philanthropist who served as the first Republican governor of Arkansas since Reconstruction. ... David Rockefeller (born June 12, 1915) is a prominent American banker, philanthropist and world statesman. ...


The Fund manages four major programs: Democratic Practice, Sustainable Development, Peace and Security, and Human Advancement. Its four principal operational locations are New York City, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, and Southern China. It also acts as an incubator for in-house projects that later evolve into free-standing institutions - a case in point being The Climate Group, launched in London in 2004. Alternative meaning: In geology, North China (continent) and South China (continent) were two ancient landmasses that correspond to modern northern and southern China. ...


Its central mission is to promote social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world; through its grantmaking, the Fund supports efforts to expand knowledge and shape public policy; and its programs are intended to develop leaders, engage citizens and strengthen institutions through durable social partnerships. A major affiliate foundation is the Asian Cultural Council, formed by John D. 3rd in 1963, which supports cultural exchange in the arts between America and Asia; as well as providing fellowship grants to primarily Asians artists, scholars and students.


The current president of the Fund is Stephen B Heintz and its chair is Richard Rockefeller, the fifth child of David Rockefeller.


In April 1957, the trustees of the Fund established the Ramon Magsaysay Award - named after the former Philippines President - with the concurrence of the then Philippine government. A nonprofit Foundation was set up to administer the awards, the RMAF, and seven prominent Filipinos were elected to the inaugural board of trustees (it now has nine). Awards are issued in six categories to all Asians for achieving distinction in their policy area and for selfless public service. The Ford Foundation supported this Award programme with a grant to establish the most recent award, Emergent Leadership, in 2000. The Ford Foundation is a charitable foundation based in New York City created to fund programs that promote democracy, reduce poverty and promote international understanding (see mission statement). ...


The Fund was initially set up by a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1951; then, in 1960, it received a major bequest from his estate. In 1952, the five brothers began to include on the board of the Fund trustees who were not members of the Rockefeller family. In 1954 they included their sister Abby Rockefeller Mauzé. In 1958, the first of a number of daughters and sons of the founders joined, and the first of their children became trustees in 1992. Since the establishment of the Fund, three generations of family members have served as trustees. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Abby Rockefeller Mauzé (November 9, 1903 - May 27, 1976) was the first child and only daughter of John D. Rockefeller Jr. ...


On July 1, 1999, the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation of Stamford, Connecticut, merged with the RBF, substantially increasing its assets. The Fund’s total assets at the end of 2004 were $742,176,000. Its headquarters are located on the 37th Floor, 437 Madison Ave, New York.

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The Pocantico Conference Center

The Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is located in the central Park area at the heart of the Rockefeller estate in Westchester County, north of New York City (see Kykuit). The Center was created when the Fund leased the area from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1991. Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Kykuit was built for John D. Rockefeller in 1913 by the architects Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano. ...


Since its opening in 1994, the Center has hosted 482 meetings with 13,223 attendees, on subjects directly related to the RBF's program objectives, including dialogues held by outside organizations.


Some recent (2005) Conference subjects have included:

(See External Links for a full list of the 2005 Conferences.) Mary Robinson (Irish name Máire Mhic Róibín; born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... The Carnegie Corporation was founded by the will of Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ... The Rockefeller Foundation is a charitable organization based in New York City. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... The Council on Foreign Relations The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an American foreign policy think tank based in New York City. ... The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based foundation whose annual meeting of top business leaders, national political leaders (presidents, prime ministers and others), and selected intellectuals and journalists is usually held in Davos, Switzerland. ... The [United Nations Foundation] was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes. ...


Presidents

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 - July 11, 2004) was a financier, philanthropist, and conservationist. ...

Trustees

Advisory Trustees Logo of the World Bank The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, in Romance languages: BIRD), better known as the World Bank, is an international organization whose original mission was to finance the reconstruction of nations devastated by WWII. Now, its mission has expanded to fight poverty by means... The Trilateral Commission is a private organization, founded in 1973 at the initiative of the heads of the Council of Foreign Relations and of the Bilderberg Group, among them David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. ... Neva Rockefeller Goodwin (born 1944) is the third child of David Rockefeller, grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ... New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , also nicknamed the Big Board, is the largest stock exchange in the world in dollar volume and second largest by number of companies listed. ... Goldman Sachs offices at the Fraumünsterplatz in Zürich (the light-colored building on the left) The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ... We dont have an article called Asia Society Start this article Search for Asia Society in. ... The Council on Foreign Relations The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an American foreign policy think tank based in New York City. ... David Rockefeller Jr. ... American International Group, Inc. ... This is a list of ambassadors from the United States. ...

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ... The United Nations Association is an international charitable trust which styles itself as an independent authority on the United Nations. ... Richard D. Parsons is the present CEO and Chairman of the Board of the largest media company in the world, Time Warner, Inc. ... Time Warner Inc. ... David Rockefeller (born June 12, 1915) is a prominent American banker, philanthropist and world statesman. ... Steven C. Rockefeller (born 1936) is a son of former United States Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller and his first wife, Mary Rockefeller. ...

Further reading

  • Nielsen, Waldemar, The Big Foundations, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
  • Rockefeller, David, Memoirs, New York: Random House, 2002.

See also

The Rockefeller family (originally Roggenfelder), founded by John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922), is an American industrial family of German origin, that made a fortune in the oil business during the latter part of the 19th century primarily through their Standard Oil Company. ... David Rockefeller (born June 12, 1915) is a prominent American banker, philanthropist and world statesman. ... David Rockefeller Jr. ... Neva Rockefeller Goodwin (born 1944) is the third child of David Rockefeller, grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. ... The Ford Foundation is a charitable foundation based in New York City created to fund programs that promote democracy, reduce poverty and promote international understanding (see mission statement). ... The Carnegie Corporation was founded by the will of Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. ... The Rockefeller Foundation is a charitable organization based in New York City. ... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity. ... The [United Nations Foundation] was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes. ... The United Nations Association is an international charitable trust which styles itself as an independent authority on the United Nations. ... The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the largest multilateral source of grant technical assistance in the world. ...

External links

  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) Official Website.
  • Pocantico Conference Center: Full list of 2005 Conferences
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF): History of the Awards.
  • RBF 2004 Annual Report (pdf)
  • RBF 2003 Annual Report : Philanthropy for an Interdependent World (pdf)
  • Undue Influence website Lists some of the trustees of the RBF (information is not up-to-date) and the positions they hold.
  • Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) Outlines the collection of archived papers of the history of the RBF.

 
 

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