Topic: Issues in Philanthropy
Encouraging cross-cultural knowledge in an interconnected postwar world by shaping new interdisciplinary programs and retooling traditional academic fields.
A short-lived environmental research program in the 1970s was an early foray into climate change funding.
Working to change US medical education was one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s biggest endeavors in the 1910s and 1920s, extending from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to Beijing, China.
One philanthropist’s interest in reforming prostitution created a scientific organization focused on connecting sex and crime.
The Rockefeller Foundation evolved to bring the arts and humanities together, from classical archaeology to contemporary museums.
Although known for its work in science, medicine, and health, the Rockefeller Foundation supported a surprising number of performing arts activities.
A 20-year-long project, funded by Rockefeller philanthropies, took technologies enabling astronomy to an unprecedented scale.
Incorporated in 1923 with funding from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the IEB built a major scientific network in Europe and the US in only five years.
A massive program in nursing education extended to 53 schools across the globe. But it never became a top priority of the foundation that supported it.
At midcentury, Rockefeller Foundation staffers hoped new technologies might find solutions to complex problems.