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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Ghana s Minister of Communications Edward Omane Boamah said, We were pleased that the Rockefeller Foundation shared our vision regarding Ghana s ICT potential.
NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, today unveiled the names of the individuals that have been chosen as the winners of the Foundation's 2012 Innovation Challenges.
With the purchase of five floors of 420 Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Foundation announced it will move its New York operations - the home office of the organizations -- to an 87,500square-foot office condominium in the Fifth Avenue property.
NEW YORK -- The Rockefeller Foundation announced today the two recipients of the inaugural Jane Jacobs Medal.
4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Urban Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation released an evaluation of the first phase of Rebuild by Design.
The research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation is issued by the Dalberg Institute who identifies access to real estate as the primary barrier to expanding the BPO sector in Ghana.
NEW YORK, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, announces that it will be hosting its annual Innovation Forum tomorrow in New York City as part of its Centennial initiative honoring its 100 - year - old mission to promote the well-being of humanity.
NEW YORK -- The Rockefeller Foundation today announced the appointment of a new trustee, John W.
Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced today a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership that lays out a bold new vision for building resilience to chronic stresses and increasing shocks in communities across Africa and Asia.
NEW YORK, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, today unveiled the names of the individuals and institutions that will be honored as part of its second annual Innovation Awards ceremony on June 26, 2012 in New York.
children's programming station, PBS Kids Sprout (a Comcast Company), as well as non-profit organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and The Rockefeller Foundation.
NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation announced that the 2014 application process of its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge has officially opened.