Background
John D. Rockefeller, Sr., established The Rockefeller Foundation in 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. The foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalisation’s benefits are more widely shared.
Mission
The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity. 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.
Geographic focus
Global
Programme areas
We are embarking on four new interrelated issue areas:

• Revalue Ecosystems: Promoting nature’s capacity to sustain human well being and meet growing demands. While recognizing the importance of traditional preservation or conservation efforts, The Rockefeller Foundation’s goal is to seek new and further approaches to environmental intervention and accountability by integrating them into economic and social systems in order to preserve the fundamental resilience of the planet as the essential support system for humankind.

• Advance Health: Overcoming emerging challenges and enduring barriers to better nutrition and healthier lives. In addition to supporting strategies that scale up traditional prevention and treatment, The Rockefeller Foundation supports innovative strategies that incentivize individuals and communities to address these challenges by improving health-systems and individual well-being in order to promote and maintain health, not just fight disease.

• Secure Livelihoods: Expanding opportunity and promoting inclusive markets in the changing global economy. The livelihoods of large groups of people are being threatened by extreme economic stresses caused by migration from rural areas to urban centers, unemployment from the youth bulge in Africa, a growing elderly population and increasing unemployment and underemployment globally. The Rockefeller Foundation promotes new approaches to economic goals, development and management to foster sustainable growth models in which prosperity is more widely shared.

• Transform Cities: Catalyzing equity and resilience in the world’s most dynamic places. The majority of people on the planet now live in cities, creating new vulnerabilities to health and economic well-being, and placing greater stresses on individuals, communities and regions. The Rockefeller Foundation promotes opportunities for those whose well-being is most threatened, by reforming current institutions, and inventing new structures and interaction and bottom-up governance to achieve equitable growth.