Rockefeller Family Fund

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The Rockefeller Family Fund is a philanthropic organization that describes itself as "at the cutting edge of advocacy in such areas as environmental protection, advancing the economic rights of women, and helping citizens hold public and private institutions accountable for their actions. The Fund is best known for its creative and leveraged grantmaking, its role as a catalyst in the nonprofit as well as the funding communities, and its record of public policy innovation. The RFF was incorporated in 1967 by Martha, John, Laurance, Nelson, and David Rockefeller. The board of trustees is comprised of members of the Rockefeller Family." [1]

Public relations and lobbying

In July 2009, the Rockefeller Family Fund "retained former Attorney General's John Ashcroft's lobbying venture to work Congress on its behalf," reported O'Dwyer's. The Ashcroft Group is representing the Fund on the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill and "the Clear Act (Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal), which is a favorite of Republicans. President Obama wants to strip funding for that bill. That cash is used to reimburse local governments for outlays connected with the round-up and detention of illegal immigrants." [1]

Grantmaking program areas

As of 2008: [2]

  • Citizen Participation and Government Accountability
  • Economic Justice for Women
  • The Environment
  • Institutional Responsiveness



Accessed April 2010: [3]

Trustees (2006)

Honorary Trustee David Rockefeller

Finance Committee (2006)

Contact information

437 Madison Avenue
37th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 812-4252
Fax: (212) 812-4299

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "Rockefellers Reach Out to Ashcroft," O'Dwyer's PR Daily (sub req'd), July 7, 2009.
  2. RFF Grants, Rockefeller Family Fund, accessed January 2008.
  3. Trustees, Rockefeller Family Fund, accessed April 13, 2010.
  4. RFF Board, Rockefeller Family Fund.

External resources

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