Rockefeller Foundation


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Rockefeller Foundation,

philanthropic institution established (1913) by John D. RockefellerRockefeller, John Davison,
1839–1937, American industrialist and philanthropist, b. Richford, N.Y. He moved (1853) with his family to a farm near Cleveland and at age 16 went to work as a bookkeeper.
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, Sr., to promote "the well-being of mankind throughout the world." During its first 14 years the foundation received $183 million from Rockefeller. He was aided in the early years of the foundation's activities by his son John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Frederick T. Gates. Gates was instrumental in channeling its early philanthropic activities into medical research and education and public health. Outstanding contributions in the form of funds, research, and fieldwork were made by the foundation in the battle against hookworm, malaria, yellow fever, and other diseases throughout the world. Rockefeller Institute (later Rockefeller Univ.Rockefeller University,
philanthropic organization in New York City, founded 1901 as the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research by John D. Rockefeller for furthering medical science and its allied subjects and to make knowledge of these subjects available to the public.
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), a center for medical and biological research, was established; it became important in the reform of medical education in the United States. The foundation also helped finance relief measures after World War I. The consolidation (1929) of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial (with its $58 million endowment) with the Rockefeller Foundation marked the organization's expansion into new areas of research including the natural and social sciences, humanities, and agriculture. The foundation financed the preparation of the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences (1932) and has helped support such independent research agencies as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Brookings Institution, and the Social Science Research Council. The foundation focused its worldwide philanthropic activities on hunger, overpopulation, health care, equal opportunity, cultural improvement, and the environment, but in 1999 the organization revised its mission to concentrate almost exclusively on helping the world's poor. By 1999 its endowment was estimated to be $3 billion. Other philanthropic foundations maintained by members of the Rockefeller family are the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (est. 1940), and the Rockefeller Family Fund (est. 1967). The Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music (est. 1962) was dissolved in 1982.
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joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2006 and he began serving as Board Chair in December 2010.
Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.
The grant will enable close collaboration to bring the Bank s Initiative to five cities over three years, which will include cities selected as part of the network for 100 Resilient Cities Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation .
100 Resilient Cites was created by an initial $100 million commitment by The Rockefeller Foundation as part of its Centennial last year, recognizing the trends of urbanization and globalization that characterize this century.
30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation announced today two appointments to the 100 Resilient Cities team, to help spearhead increased urban resilience around the world.
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The recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, Subotnick's works have been performed by major orchestra and chamber ensembles throughout the world.
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