The Rockefeller Brothers Fund's (RBF) Sustainable Development program advances global stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The RBF first began grantmaking on climate change in 1984 and has consistently maintained an interest in climate change through this period. Developments in politics, science, philanthropy, and the climate movement have provided a dynamic backdrop for the Fund's work to combat climate change over the past 25-plus years. The Sustainable Development program's funding strategies have both reflected and responded to these elements and, in several instances, had a role in shaping them.
The paper examines lessons learned from the last several years to help guide the next phase of the Sustainable Development program's work.