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The Rockefeller Foundation Publishes First Book in Its Centennial Series—Beyond Charity: A Century of Philanthropic Innovation

As part of its Centennial activities, The Rockefeller Foundation took a bold step today towards sharing its expertise with the world through the release of the first book in its Centennial Series, Beyond Charity: A Century of Philanthropic Innovation, and the launch of the Rockefeller Archive Center’s online exhibit, 100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation, a project funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant.

Beyond Charity shows how the evolution of the Foundation’s innovative practices have helped to shape the direction and pattern of philanthropy over the course of one hundred years. The book, which includes a foreword by President Bill Clinton, is one of six books the Foundation will release over the course of its Centennial year, with each book providing important case studies for people around the world who are working “to promote the well-being of humankind.” Upcoming books in the series focus on lessons learned from the Foundation’s work in the fields of agriculture and health, and three others explore the Foundation’s work in Africa, Thailand, and the United States.

100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation brings together some of the most important records held at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The online exhibit enables visitors to explore the work of one of America’s oldest philanthropies as it confronted global and domestic challenges in health, agriculture, education, and many other fields.

“We hope Beyond Charity and 100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation provide insights from our history that can guide us and our partners and all those interested in philanthropy as we move into our second century,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “By charting a century of innovation, these resources offer a fascinating window into the history of global philanthropy.”

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100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation can be accessed by visiting:

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation aims to achieve equitable growth by expanding opportunity for more people in more places worldwide, and to build resilience by helping them prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Throughout its 100 year history, The Rockefeller Foundation has enhanced the impact of innovative thinkers and actors working to change the world by providing the resources, networks, convening power, and technologies to move them from idea to impact. In today’s dynamic and interconnected world, The Rockefeller Foundation has a unique ability to address the emerging challenges facing humankind through innovation, intervention and influence in order to shape agendas and inform decision making. For more information, please visit

The Rockefeller Archive Center
The Rockefeller Archive Center is an independent operating foundation that preserves and makes available for research the archival collections of members of the Rockefeller family, institutions and organizations founded by Rockefeller family members (including The Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, General Education Board, Rockefeller University, Population Council, Asia Society, and many other organizations). It is the archival repository for the records of the Ford Foundation as well as for other philanthropic and service organizations such as the Commonwealth Fund, Russell Sage Foundation, Foundation for Child Development, W.T. Grant Foundation, Markle Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Foundation Center. The Center also holds extensive collections of the personal papers of trustees, officers, faculty, and associates who were affiliated with these institutions. For more information, please visit

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Erissa Scalera, The Rockefeller Foundation, (212) 852-8430,