From our very first grant—to the American Red Cross more than a century ago—through to today’s vast array of initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation has built a reputation as a trailblazer that convenes unlikely partnerships and sparks innovations for transformative change. Our list of greatest achievements is long. We founded the modern field of public health, developed vaccines to help eradicate diseases such as yellow fever and malaria, funded urban visionary Jane Jacobs, and catalyzed a Green Revolution.

 

Peking Union Medical College Nursery, Beijing (China)

We are adding to this legacy under the leadership of Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah, a longtime leader in promoting public health and addressing global challenges. The Foundation is focused on four core commitments: to end energy poverty, achieve health for all, nourish the world, and expand economic opportunity. We are pursuing these goals through innovative partnerships and through impact investments that find new ways to leverage private capital for social good.

The Rockefeller Foundation is among the most respected and deep-rooted of American philanthropies. And yet we have retained our fleet-footedness, as seen by The Foundation’s swift response to the COVID-19 crisis. As from its earliest days more than a century ago, The Rockefeller Foundation is serving as a crucial catalyst, convener and innovator, helping the private sector and government do more to ease the pain of the pandemic.

All told, the Foundation has given more than $17 billion in current dollars to support thousands of organizations and individuals worldwide.

A Closer Look Through The Years

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2020
2020
People wearing masks walking down the street.

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches Covid-19 Action Plan to Reopen Workplaces, Protect Lives

2020

The Rockefeller Foundation commits $20 million in COVID-19 assistance to strengthen global pandemic preparedness and support vulnerable communities.

2020

The Rockefeller Foundation launches the $36.5 million U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative to transform economic stability and mobility for nearly 5 million low-wage workers in America and leverage over $1 billion in private capital by 2025.

2020

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation announces data.org as a platform for partnerships that will continue to build the field of data science for social impact.

2019
2019
Tara Uja Minigrid Plant, Parsa, Bihar.

With Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid Ltd. is formed to provide clean power to nearly 5 million Indian households, directly impacting the lives of 25 million people over the next decade.

2019

The Food System Vision Prize invites organizations, universities, institutions, companies, cooperatives, and partnerships from around the world to create compelling and progressive visions of the world’s system by 2050. A Prize of $2 million will be distributed among 10 winners.

2019
Healthcare professional holding an iPad.

The Rockefeller Foundation and leading global health partners announce Precision Public Health, a $100 million initiative to empower community health systems and frontline health workers with the latest data science innovations and aims to prevent 6 million deaths in 10 countries by 2030.

2019

The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty (GCEEP) is formed to help drive a new agenda to provide electricity to hundreds of millions in pursuit of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 7.

2019
"Atlanta Made" painted on the exterior of a building.

The Rockefeller Foundation announces the Opportunity Zones Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities and ensure delivery of sustainable benefits for more than 30 million low-income Americans living in designated Opportunity Zones.

2019

MacArthur Foundation commits $150 million to help address critical social challenges, joining The Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network in the new Catalytic Capital Consortium and calls for more flexible impact investments and collaboration.

2018
2018
CZI head-shot.

From Missoula to San Juan, 10 organizations receive $1 million each to expand their community-led approaches to improve economic opportunity in their neighborhoods and beyond.

2018

The Rockefeller Foundation announces the inaugural class of a new Fellowship, designed to support work on a range of projects across the fields of health, power, innovative finance, governance, economic opportunity, and the life sciences.

2017
2017

Leading philanthropists, including Richard Chandler, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jeff Skoll, Romesh and Kathy Wadhwani, and The Rockefeller Foundation announce Co-Impact, a global collaborative for systems change, with $500 million in planned initial funding for multi-year investments in health, education, and economic opportunity.

2017
Street of Puerto Rico.

The Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation commit $5 million to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria and to work with Puerto Rico’s philanthropic, business, government, and NGO sectors to rebuild as a stronger, more resilient island on a path to a sound future.

2017

The Rockefeller Foundation proudly joins the universal health coverage coalition and signs the Global Compact at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, formalizing its support for UHC2030, which lays the groundwork for achieving health for all.

2017
Dr. Rajiv Shah head-shot.

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joins The Rockefeller Foundation as its thirteenth president.

2016
2016
Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The Rockefeller Foundation partners with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create the Hamilton Education Initiative, based on the Broadway musical Hamilton. By 2019, the five-year partnership allowed 250,000 underprivileged high school students to participate in educational programs that integrate the arts with American history and to attend a performance of Hamilton.

2015
2015
Women working with an electric powered rice huller.

Smart Power for Rural Development Initiative launches, bringing access to reliable energy from green sources to 1 million Indians in 1,000 villages in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to promote economic development in rural areas.

2013
2013
The Rockefeller Foundation announces a $1.2 million grant supporting local efforts to establish Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.

The Rockefeller Foundation announces a $1.2 million grant supporting local efforts to establish Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.

2013

Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the release of the report “On Norms and Agency: Conversations about Gender Equality with Women and Men in 20 Countries” represents the largest qualitative data set ever collected on the topic of gender norms and their role in development.

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