The Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City has announced that it will boost its 2017 grantmaking budget by nearly 12 percent.
According to the fund's board, the decision to increase the grants budget affirms the fund's strategic approach to global engagement and its work to protect and strengthen the vitality of democracy. To that end, RBF will seek opportunities to address new threats to inclusive democracy in the United States and defend people, organizations, principles, and policies that are at risk while striving to make further progress on its longstanding program goals.
"The RBF believes that philanthropy is important to the health of a vibrant democracy. We're grateful that our trustees have taken this step to bolster our resources at a time of increasingly rapid change," said RBF president Stephen Heintz. "The fund will immediately begin to look at additional ways we can advance the work of our grantee partners that is crucial for building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful future."