Topic: Philanthropic Strategies

Photo of Hillcrest, the home of the Rockefeller Archive Center

New Research: Malaria Control in Palestine, Japanese Women’s Intellectual Networks, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and Human Rights

New RAC Research Reports draw from the holdings of the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and more.

Margaret Mead’s Call for Less “Orthodox” Grantmaking

How a famous anthropologist challenged her own funder to take more risks.

Profiles of Women in Philanthropy

In honor of Women’s History Month, we highlight thirteen individuals from our collections to show the range of contributions women have made in the field of philanthropy and in the world at large.

“Highest Standards”: Elite Philanthropy and Literary Black Voices during the Civil Rights Era

Against a backdrop of white, establishment concepts of literary excellence, one foundation struggled to appreciate Black voices.

Photo Essay: Radburn, New Jersey – the Town for the Motor Age

How philanthropy helped architects and planners create a new kind of suburban community.

Black Education and Rockefeller Philanthropy from the Jim Crow South to the Civil Rights Era

Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.

Rebuilding a Cathedral: The Media, American Money, and French Heritage

Stepping in to save French monuments without stepping on French pride.

The Fairy Godmothers of Women’s Studies

Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.

Photo Essay: Supporting Minority Enterprise in the late 1960s

In 1968, the Ford Foundation began to make social investments using a new tool borrowed from the for-profit world, the Program-Related Investment.

The Origins of the Rockefeller Foundation Equal Opportunity Program

How a simple grant request seeded the launch of a full program addressing inequality.