The year 2013 marks one hundred years since John D. Rockefeller established The Rockefeller Foundation. To commemorate the occasion, we are launching a Centennial initiative that will celebrate the richness of our past work and look ahead to the development of innovative approaches to address the global shocks and deepening stresses of the 21st century.
This milestone occurs at a time of seismic change in the world. From water shortages to energy volatility to financial instability, we are witnessing more frequent and complex crises that increasingly threaten vulnerable populations.
Dispensary for the treatment of hookworm in Greenbrier, Tennessee, in 1914.
Our Centennial is an unprecedented opportunity to raise the effectiveness of our work and find solutions to these crises. To achieve this, we are hosting convenings throughout the world that focus on a number of global imperatives, publishing a series of books that draw on our past to provide lessons for philanthropy in the future, and engaging with people through new digital platforms to encourage discussion on a variety of different issues and allow people to participate in the Centennial from all over the world.
With each program element, we seek to reframe problems, find new solutions, broaden our reach and leverage our networks in new ways. Most importantly, we are committed to supporting the best ideas that emerge from our Centennial through grant-making or in tandem with our global network of partners.
For more information on the various elements of the Centennial, to learn more about our legacy, and to share what you think the future of philanthropy will look like in the next 100 years, please visit our Centennial website today.