Judith Rodin

October 22, 2009, US News & World Report — Feeding Africa. Bracing the world for climate change. Rebuilding New Orleans. The Rockefeller Foundation's goals were lofty enough before the stock market collapse wiped out a quarter of its roughly $4 billion endowment. But Judith Rodin, the foundation's president, is unbowed. "We have a 100-year history, and we've seen the Great Depression and x number of recessions," she says matter-of-factly. "And our emphasis has always been on tackling the big problems, which have only gotten bigger."

NEW YORK, October 20, 2009 — The Rockefeller Foundation and
the newly formed Cities of Service coalition today announced the opening of
the application period for the first-ever "Cities of Service Leadership
Grants." Funded exclusively by the Rockefeller Foundation, the grants will be
awarded to ten cities, on a competitive basis, whose mayors have committed to increase the amount and impact of service in their communities. Each recipient city will receive $200,000 over a two-year period for the specific purpose of hiring a Chief Service Officer, an individual who will lead local efforts on behalf of their city's mayor to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase volunteerism. Today's announcement comes just five weeks after 17 mayors from around the nation convened in New York City to form the Cities of Service Coalition and six months after Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will result in the greatest federal investment in service and volunteerism in 75 years.

New York, NY, October 14, 2009 -- Today the Rockefeller Foundation’s President Dr. Judith Rodin announced the 18 winners of the Foundation’s 2009 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition – and with it a $2.7 million grant to support local New York City art and artists. Each of these 18 New York City-based organizations will receive a two-year grant of up to $250,000, underscoring the Foundation’s commitment to creative expression and innovation, and the impact and influence creativity has towards social progress.

Summer 2009, Stanford Social Innovation Review — Judith Rodin heads the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s oldest, most influential, and innovative foundations. Many of the 20th century’s big breakthroughs—Social Security, the Green Revolution, the discovery of DNA, and family planning—can be traced to early funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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