Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. The foundation has identified four themes, or subject areas of work: creativity & culture, food security, health equity, and working communities. A cross-theme of global inclusion supports, promotes, and supplements the work of the four themes.

The Rockefeller Foundation was founded in 1913. During the emerging years, scientists and scholars worked to solve many of the worlds and the country's ills. Plagues such as hookworm and malaria have been brought under control; food production for the hungry in many parts of the world has been increased; and the mind, heart, and spirit have been lifted by the work of foundation-assisted artists, writers, dancers, and composers.

But other plagues continue: World hunger persists, particularly in Africa, as the imbalance among food, health, and growing populations threatens many countries, and in America the problems of cities and schools demand attention. The tasks of today are as vital and daunting as they were when John Davison Rockefeller's foundation formally came into being.

His bent for philanthropy began early in life. In his teens, from sums earned in his first job, he allotted money for his Sunday school and other activities of his Baptist church. By 1860, Rockefeller's philanthropy included regular contributions to churches, Sunday schools, and an orphanage.

In 1909, Rockefeller established the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission for Eradication of Hookworm Disease to cure and prevent the disease, particularly in the southern United States. Rockefeller was prepared to begin the Rockefeller Foundation in 1909, even signing a deed of trust to turn over 72,569 shares of Standard Oil of New Jersey stock worth $50 million. But delays and difficulties in seeking a federal charter for the foundation, desired by Rockefeller though never obtained, resulted in a lapse until 1913, when the foundation was officially incorporated in the state of New York.

Since its inception, the Rockefeller Foundation has given more than $2 billion to thousands of grantees worldwide and has assisted directly in the training of nearly 13,000 Rockefeller Foundation Fellows.

Purpose of Site:
The purpose of the newly redesigned Rockefeller Foundation Web site is to disseminate information about the foundation's global grantmaking and research initiatives.

The site hosts an exhaustive collection of foundation news and information about all the programs it supports, highlighting its global health initiatives, particularly in Africa. The site is well-organized and easy to navigate.

Outstanding Feature:
The outstanding feature of the foundation's Web site is the "Programs page." This page presents highly detailed descriptions of all of the foundation's programs. Of particular interest here is the Global Inclusion (GI) program description. The foundation's GI initiatives help to broaden the benefits and reduce the negative impacts of globalization on vulnerable communities, families, and individuals around the world. GI activities are based on the belief that, in both a moral and a practical sense, if globalization does not work for everyone, even the least among us, ultimately it will not work for our common future.

The Health Equity Program page is another highlight of the site. The goal of the Rockefeller Foundation Health Equity Program is to advance global health equity by pursuing the reduction of avoidable and unfair differences in the health status of populations. The Rockefeller Foundation has pursued scientific approaches to world health throughout its history — from eradicating hookworm to modernizing medicine and public health. The foundation's accomplishments are many, including support for research leading to the discovery of penicillin and of the yellow fever vaccine, for which a staff member won a Nobel Prize. The foundation's Health Equity strategy seeks to counter health-product market failures with advocacy, capacity building, and support for specific product initiatives. Much of this work is being done through public/private partnerships patterned after the foundation created the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. This year, for example, a new alliance for accelerating tuberculosis drug development was born. This page also contains links to related topics/articles archive and grantseeker information.

President: Gordon Conway
Main Office:
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10018
Tel: (212) 852-8412
Organization: rockefeller foundation


July 5, 2018