From the first grant—to the American Red Cross more than a century ago—through to today’s vast array of initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation has built a reputation as a trailblazer that convenes unlikely partnerships and sparks innovations for transformative change. This series features the foundation’s contribution to overcoming obstacles, meeting equality, and unleashing potential of every life!
The Rockefeller Foundation is among the most respected and deep-rooted of American philanthropies yet has retained a sense of fleet-footedness, as seen by The Foundation’s swift response to the COVID-19 crisis. As from its earliest days more than a century ago, The Rockefeller Foundation is serving as a crucial catalyst, convener and innovator, helping the private sector and government do more to ease the pain of the pandemic.
All told, the Foundation has given more than $17 billion in current dollars to support thousands of organizations and individuals worldwide.
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Sean Penn, actor and co-founder of CORE partners with local governments and organizations to provide free COVID-19 testing sites across the country. CORE Response’s longstanding mission is to administer sustainable community programs for facing disaster and saving lives. With funding provided by The Rockefeller Foundation, Sean Penn & the team at CORE assembles testing sites in underrepresented neighborhoods.Watch
COVID-19 is the global pandemic that will be remembered for generations to come. It has destroyed nations and will shape the future of society. The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of providing funding to CORDS, a network of global organizations working in 28 countries to end pandemics. CORDS is driven to provide more stable disease surveillance, finding outbreaks faster and responding to them faster. We are still recovering but are stronger than ever with initiatives such as this one.Watch
The Rockefeller Foundation is providing funding to three organizations that have played an integral role in fighting hunger throughout schools and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban School Food Alliance, GENYOUth and Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen are helping provide millions of meals to communities, and this funding adequately covers the extra operation costs that otherwise would be paid for by the organization.Watch
Benefits Data Trust provides financial solutions to people and business owners during times of crisis when the demand is high. The United States unemployment rate has reached 14.7% - the highest it's been since The Great Depression - and Benefits Data Trust explains how we can use this experience to learn and grow our nation’s benefits system when economic instability hits next.Watch