The Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) was incorporated in 1967 by Martha, John, Laurance, Nelson, and David Rockefeller. Its principal beneficiaries are leftwing environmentalist organizations. Several RFF Board members formerly worked for the now-defunct San Francisco-based TechRocks company, which provided information-technology support and development for a number of anti-corporate, non-profit organizations. One RFF representative sits on the steering committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group.
(a) The Environment Program "emphasizes public education [about] the risk of global warming, conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaningful implementation and enforcement of the nation's environmental laws, and public participation in national environmental policy debates.” In practice, this program supports numerous organizations committed to the anti-capitalist agendas of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is "not clean air and clean water, [but] rather ... the demolition of technological/industrial civilization."
(b) The Institutional Responsiveness Program seeks "to help provide organizations with the means to affect the policies and actions of public and private institutions.” Examples of past grants in this area include “a campaign to make tobacco companies accountable for the health effects of smoking”; “support for efforts to ensure that government records are open to the public"; “funding to aid groups to gain access to workplace-giving programs”; and “grants to promote greater accountability of financial institutions to small investors.”
(d) The Economic Justice for Women program "seeks to provide women with equitable employment opportunities and to improve their work lives." This program is founded on the premise that women in the United States are routinely and systematically discriminated against -- socially, professionally, and economically. RFF has initiated "a national advocacy, research, and public education effort aimed at achieving pay equity" -- a campaign based upon the axiom that women are paid less than men for doing equal work.
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