The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation
with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods
of poor and excluded people throughout the world. It is a philanthropic
organization endowed by John D. Rockefeller and chartered in 1913.
has four specific goals:
our primary focus is on people who are poor and excluded. Poor people,
in the United States and elsewhere, tend to suffer disproportionately
from ill health, inadequate education and housing, and from environmental
degradation. Their life expectancies and the quality of their lives
are reduced by factors that are understood and preventable. We recognize
that the advancement of humanity rests ultimately on the inclusion
of the poor in the process.
we are a truly global foundation, in the sense that we have global
awareness and global values.
we aim to improve peoples lives and livelihoods. This focus
reveals that we must not deal with problems in isolation. Food,
health, jobs and culture are all intertwined in peoples lives.
our work relies heavily on knowledge. We base our programs on science,
technology, research and analysis. We face difficult and complex
challenges. We will be judged by how effective Foundation grantees
are at overcoming formidable constraints and finding solutions to
difficult problems. This goal requires us to harness the best talent
and the most appropriate knowledge.
Foundation has identified four thematic lines of work: Food Security,
Health Equity, Creativity and Culture, and Working Communities.
These four are supported and supplemented by a fifth cross-cutting
theme of Global Inclusion.
Foundations endowment currently exceeds $3.5 billion. The
Foundations budget for 2000 will be in excess of $186 million.
For more information, visit www.rockfound.org
Foundations role in GAVI
Foundation is a partner in GAVI. Rockefellers
support of GAVI contributes to the Foundations goal of advancing
global health equity by pursuing the reduction of avoidable and
unfair differences in the health status of populations.