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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Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot,' the Foundation says in its mission statement.
The expansion in India is supported by a USD 250,000 grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to The/Nudge Project by End Poverty and will be used for capacity building across admissions, program delivery, product research and tech-driven data management systems.
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This historical examination of public health services in Jamaica relies extensively on primary records held by the governments involved and the archives of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Recent research, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and issued by the Dalberg Institute, identifies access to real estate as the primary barrier to expanding the BPO sector in Ghana, and thus hinders creation of new jobs for an increasingly unemployed youth population.
Six state and local governments--Colorado/Denver, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina--will receive technical assistance to develop new social impact bonds as winners of a national competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School's Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab.
West-Scantlebury joined the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007 because "the organization's mission and values match my own," she said.
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NEW YORK -- The Rockefeller Foundation recently unveiled the names of the individuals and institutions that will be honored as part of its first annual Innovation Awards ceremony on July 27, 2011 in New York.
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