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The Rockefeller Foundation Overview

New York, NY
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Grantmaking Foundations
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
The Rockefeller Foundation, established in 1913, is one of the oldest private charitable organizations in the US. It supports grants, fellowships, and conferences for programs that concentrate on identifying and alleviating need and suffering worldwide. These programs (or ... Read more

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The Rockefeller Foundation – Why Work With Us?

From our very first grant—to the American Red Cross—through to our present-day initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation has legacy of trailblazing new fields, convening unlikely partners, and sparking new innovations that lead to transformative change. We count founding the modern field of public health, eradicating and developing vaccines for diseases such as yellow fever and malaria, funding urban visionary Jane Jacobs, and catalyzing a Green Revolution as some of our greatest achievements of the 20th century.

Over the last decade, under the leadership of former President Judith Rodin, we have built on this legacy, advancing our work across health, agriculture, and cities and their interdependencies with ecosystems and livelihoods. An early pioneer in resilience-building, we have invested more than a half-billion dollars in helping communities of all kinds generate dividends from investing in economic, climate, and social resilience.

All told, the Foundation has given more than $17 billion in current dollars to support thousands of organizations and individuals worldwide.

Our vision is to create an environment that fully supports and leverages the collective differences and similarities of all Rockefeller Foundation employees in order to ultimately promote the well-being of humanity.

At The Rockefeller Foundation, diversity and inclusion are more than concepts. They are the guiding force behind our thoughts and our actions. We define diversity as valuing and leveraging the collective differences and similarities of our staff. For our purposes, inclusion is an extension of that concept, meaning the creation of an environment in which each individual is empowered to use their voice to constructively and fully contribute to our success.

Recognizing that a diverse, inclusive, and talented workforce is the key to excellence, we strive to ensure that diversity and inclusion and talent management function as one. That is why we aim to fully integrate each of these elements into every aspect of our corporate culture in three critical areas: recruitment, employee development, and diversity measurement.

For the first time, we are publicly sharing our staff and board diversity numbers, which we feel is an important way to be transparent about our progress, and hold ourselves accountable for realizing our goals.

Our staff members are our strength. The Foundation is committed to hiring a knowledgeable, passionate and diverse workforce. Joining The Rockefeller Foundation means joining a team dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of poor and vulnerable people around the world. To achieve that mission, the Foundation focuses its resources and energies on initiatives in four issue areas, selected because they are critical global challenges. We support work that helps people tap into the benefits of globalization and strengthen their communities’ resilience to risks.

The Rockefeller Foundation Reviews

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    "Inspiring organization tackling pressing global issues"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY


    - Quickly gain exposure to a range of different issue areas, geographies, and intervention models - Opportunity to partner with some of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the sector - Deep organizational commitment to impact, innovation, and embracing new ways of working - Impressive, skilled, and supportive colleagues who are deeply passionate about the work - Opportunities to travel to regional offices and work with grantees in the field - Good comp and benefits for the social sector


    - Work across the Foundation's offices and with partners around the world so should be comfortable with nontraditional hours - Flat organization, promotion cycle slower than in private sector; title may not always be reflective of depth / breadth of responsibilities

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY) in July 2019.


    Don’t hold your breath for timeliness. I ended up taking another position to hear back after more than a month of silence after 3 interviews, asking if I was still interested. Job has been posted for 6 months now. Makes you wonder if the position is necessary. Obviously the organization will loose great candidates because of its inefficiency. Just because you have a prestigious name doesn’t mean you can treat possible future employees with disrespect.

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