To Our Next 100 Years


A Centennial is, to state the obvious, a momentous occasion.

We wanted to mark it in a meaningful way – by looking to our next 100 years and digging into the thorny issues of this moment, in keeping with our legacy. Those include globalization and urbanization, which inspired our announcing the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. We’re humbled by how others have joined us in commemorating our past century and our future – it has been overwhelming in the best possible way:

To those of you from across six continents and more than 100 countries who signed up to learn more about the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, we’re thrilled.

To those of you who gave us a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, in print or online, or who took the time to write directly: Thank you, we’re glad to give you a shout out right now.

We were overjoyed when New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg declared May 14 as Rockefeller Foundation Day:

And we were delighted to end the celebration by watching the Empire State Building light up in our colors:

Finally, here's a selection of some of the media coverage about our Centennial and the launch of 100 Resilient Cities:

Associated Press. ‘100 years on, Rockefeller Foundation still busy.'  ‘Rockefeller Foundation celebrates 100 years.’ $100M for Cities to Prepare for Disaster.’
Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Rockefeller Foundation Announces $100 Million Project to Make Cities More Resilient.’
Bloomberg. Rockefeller Group Targets Cities With $100 Million Fund’.
Reuters. ‘Could your city become one of the 100 most resilient in the world?’
The Huffington Post. Urban Resilience for a New Century.’ 
The Nation (Thailand). Building urban resilience.’  
Atlantic Cities. ‘Does Every City Need A Chief Resilience Officer?’ 
Chronicle of Philanthropy. ‘Rockefeller Pledges $100-Million to Help 100 Cities Cope With Crises’.
Business Green. ‘Rockefeller Foundation launches $100m resilient cities initiative. A $100 million plan to save our cities from the next Sandy.’  
Crain’s New York Business. ‘Rockefeller Foundation aims for 100 resilient cities.’ Competition Seeks to Establish ‘Chief Resilience Officer’ in 100 Cities Worldwide.’ 
The Non Profit Times, 'Rockefeller Foundation To Fund Urban Resilience.'

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