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Published in sequence throughout the Rockefeller Foundation’s centennial year in 2013, the six books in this series provide important case studies for people around the world who are working “to promote the well-being of humankind.” Three books highlight lessons learned in the fields of agriculture, health and philanthropy. Three others explore the Foundation’s rich history and current programs in Africa, Thailand and the United States. As a package, the books explore pressing contemporary issues in philanthropy that are illuminated by the lessons of history.
Beyond Charity: A Century of Philanthropic Innovation
The creation of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913 was in itself a marked innovation in the development of modern philanthropy. Foundation staff, trustees and grantees had to learn by doing. The topical chapters in Beyond Charity explore the evolution of the Foundation’s practice from the board room to the field office. For professionals or volunteers entering the field of philanthropy, each chapter offers an opening essay that highlights abiding issues in the field. The vivid stories and fascinating characters that illuminate these themes make the history come to life.
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Innovative Partners: The Rockefeller Foundation and Thailand
For nearly a century, the Rockefeller Foundation and its Thai partners have been engaged in an innovative partnership to promote the well-being of the people of Thailand. From the battle against hookworm and other diseases to the development of rice biotechnology and agriculture, the lessons learned from this work offer powerful insights into the process of development. On the occasion of its centennial in 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation has commissioned a history of this innovative partnership.
Food & Prosperity: Balancing Technology And Community In Agriculture
John D. Rockefeller recognized in his early philanthropy even before the creation of the Foundation that agricultural productivity is key to increasing overall wealth and health in the poorest of rural communities. Embracing the promise of science, they focused on the discovery of new technologies to enhance food production. But technology was never enough. New techniques and tools had to be adapted to local cultures and communities. This engaging book explores lessons learned from the Foundation’s efforts to improve this most basic, but still so complicated, arena of human endeavor.
Health & Well-being: Science, Medical Education And Public Health
Philanthropists who seek to improve health often find themselves torn between efforts to identify cures for disease and projects that strive to improve the social conditions that lead to better health. As this remarkable book shows, over a hundred years, the Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to balance these sometime competing objectives have fundamentally shaped the fields of public health and medicine along the way.
The Voices Of Africa: Human Capital And Development
In every society, development depends on investment in institutions and individuals. Wickliffe Rose, an early leader in the Rockefeller Foundation, called this “backing brains.” But developing human capital is a risky proposition. This intriguing history explores the challenges and triumphs in the Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to invest in the people of Africa over the course of a century.
Democracy & Philanthropy: The Rockefeller Foundation And The American Experiment
Many argued in 1913 that Rockefeller wealth seemed poised to undermine the democratic character of American institutions. Under the shadow of public concern, the trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation launched programs to strengthen American political institutions, promote equal opportunity in a plural society and reinforce a shared sense of national identity. The relationship between democracy and philanthropy has been constantly tested over the last century. Democracy & Philanthropy offers insights and anecdotes to guide the next generation of American philanthropists.