18 Facts About Rockefeller Foundation


Rockefeller Foundation is an American private foundation and philanthropic medical research and arts funding organization based at 420 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

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Rockefeller Foundation has had an international reach since the 1930s and major influence on global non-governmental organizations.

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Rockefeller Foundation has a controversial past, including support of eugenics in the 1930s, as well as several scandals arising from their international field work.

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Rockefeller Foundation became a close and key advisor to Junior through the Ludlow Massacre, turning around his attitude to unions; however the foundation's involvement in IR was criticized for advancing the family's business interests.

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Rockefeller Foundation established the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health, two of the first such institutions in the United States, and established the School of Hygiene at the University of Toronto in 1927, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom;.

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Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease was a Rockefeller Foundation-funded campaign from 1909 to 1914 to study and treat hookworm disease in 11 Southern states.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation are currently the subject of a $1 billion lawsuit from Guatemala for "roles in a 1940s US government experiment that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis".

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Rockefeller Foundation spent almost $3 million between 1925 and 1935, and funded other German eugenicists, Herman Poll, Alfred Grotjahn, Eugen Fischer, and Hans Nachsteim, continuing even after Hitler's ascent to power in 1933; Rudin's work influenced compulsory sterilisation in Nazi Germany.

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Josef Mengele worked as an assistant in Verschuer's lab, though Rockefeller Foundation executives did not know of Mengele and stopped funding that specific research before World War II started in 1939.

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Rockefeller Foundation continued funding German eugenics research even after it was clear that it was being used to rationalize discrimination against Jewish people and other groups, after the Nuremberg laws in 1935.

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In 1936, Rockefeller Foundation fulfilled pledges of $655,000 to Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, even though several distinguished Jewish scientists had been dropped from the institute at the time.

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The Rockefeller Foundation did not alert the world about the racist implications of Nazi ideology, but furthered and funded eugenic research through the 1930s.

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Rockefeller Foundation funded the relocation of scholars threatened by the Nazis to America in the 1930s, known as the Refugee Scholar Program and the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars.

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Rockefeller Foundation supported the early initiatives of Henry Kissinger, such as his directorship of Harvard's International Seminars and the early foreign policy magazine Confluence, both established by him while he was still a graduate student.

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In 2021, Dr Rajiv J Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, released a statement condemning eugenics and supporting the anti-eugenics movement.

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The Rockefeller Foundation is currently reckoning with our own history in relation to eugenics.

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Rockefeller Foundation owns and operates the Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.

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Rockefeller Foundation supported the art scene in Haiti in 1948 and a literacy project with UNESCO.

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