Rockefeller Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Rockefeller is one of the largest foundations in the United States, and one of the oldest players in global development philanthropy. It's organized around the "[d]ual goals of building greater resilience and advancing more inclusive economies."

IP TAKE: Grantseekers coming to the foundation for support need to think big and have something catalytic to offer if they want a shot at getting their hands on Rockefeller’s money. 

PROFILE: The Rockefeller Foundation has been around since 1913 and supports organizations that "[p]romote the well-being of humanity throughout the world." The foundation's current initiatives include Health, Food, Power, Jobs, Resilient Cities and Innovation address the "[r]oot causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change."

The Rockefeller Foundation also makes investments to for-profit firms working in any of its main areas of focus through its Impact Investing and Innovative Finance program.

Rockefeller grants vary widely in amount, ranging anywhere from around $50,000 to over $10 million. Past global development grantees include GiveDirectly, which received funding for its direct electronic cash transfer program; and International Development Enterprises, which received a grant for its work developing solutions to complex problems aimed at improving the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable populations.

To gain a better understanding of the types of organizations Rockefeller supports and at what level, explore its grants database. The database allows you to search recent grants by initiative and keywords. This is a transparent and relatively accessible funder. However, due to its global reputation, grantmaking is competitive. 

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