New York City


Livability and Resilience in the Global City

On October 19, 2012 The Rockefeller Foundation’s Associate Director for NYC Opportunities Fund, Edwin Torres, spoke at the 2012 MAS Summit for Livability in New York City on the topic of Livability and Resilience in the Global City.  In this video he explains the work we do to build resilience in New York City in relation to our work across the globe. 

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Common Justice Recognized with Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services

Common Justice

The Rockefeller Foundation NYC Opportunities Fund grantee Common Justice was recognized with the Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services from the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Every year, OVC recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services.The Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services recognizes a program, organization, or individual who has helped to expand the reach of victims' rights and services.

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Global Capital of Creativity

The Rockefeller Foundation has contributed to New York City since our founding in 1913. During the ensuing nine decades, our predecessors supported a number of artistic, scientific and social advances—and institutions like Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art—that continue to benefit the people of New York’s myriad communities.

Today, New York’s streetscapes serve as more than a setting for our work. Our city inspires and informs an active appreciation for and investment in the strength of cities and the significance of cultural innovation around the world.

The Rockefeller Foundation exercises unwavering commitments to urban experimentation, civic responsibility and creative expression in our hometown.

Local Institutions We’ve Supported

Today, through our New York City Opportunities Fund, the Foundation sparks bold solutions to local challenges, encourages innovation within the cultural and civic sectors, and builds on our legacy of support to key local institutions:

  • Asia Society examined the way social changes have affected the great Indian traditions of mysticism, monasticism, music and dance through readings and performances based on William Dalrymple’s book, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Teachers College created Let Freedom Swing, a free study guide and curriculum to stimulate student interest in two of America’s greatest creative contributions—jazz and democracy.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Stillspotting NYC, an exploration of the concept of stillness in a restless urban landscape through a series of walking tours of ‘still spots’ that surround the more than 8.3 million residents of New York City.
  • MoMA will publish a catalogue for the exhibition Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, which will feature the designs proposed by 5 interdisciplinary teams for the redesign of New York’s shoreline in response to climate change projections. The catalogue will outline and evaluate the teams’ research and design processes for potential adaptation by other cities in the United States and worldwide.
  • The New Museum will hold the Festival of Ideas for a New City, a multi-institutional partnership that seeks to provide a platform for new thinking, the adopting of sustainable solutions and promoting the value of creative capital to improve everyday life in New York City. The Festival will run May 7- 8, 2011.

Our Three Primary NYC Projects

NYC Cultural Innovation Fund

The Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, launched in 2007, supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation. The Foundation awards two-year grants, ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.


Jane Jacobs Medal

In 2007, the year after the visionary urban activist Jane Jacobs died, the Rockefeller Foundation launched the Jane Jacobs annual award and medal to honor her work and to reaffirm the Foundation’s commitment to New York City.


Opportunity NYC

The Rockefeller Foundation is the leading funder of Opportunity NYC, which recognizes the day-to-day challenges faced by low-income people.


Cultural Innovation Fund


The Rockefeller Foundation is excited to share our updated approach to supporting creative expression in 2013, our Centennial year. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

From the Archives
Securing a Place for Culture

Securing a Place for Culture

Support for cultural projects did not come early or easily to the Rockefeller Foundation. Science and health dominated funding priorities. The arts and humanities struggled to find a secure place with the Foundation. 

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United States

Keys to Urban Progress

American cities are undergoing massive demographic shifts. Effectively managing this change is critical to national progress.

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