The trustees and staff of the Rockefeller Family Fund mourn the death of David Rockefeller, who, with his siblings, founded the RFF fifty years ago. In his grace and kindness, his avidity for life and his passionate determination to make the lives of others better, in the global scope of his imagination and concern, he was an inspiration to us all. Philanthropy was a true vocation for him, which he expressed not only through large and bold gifts but through countless small, local ones, and through the thoughtfulness and decency he brought to every encounter. We hope to emulate his qualities in our own work, and we're both humbled by and deeply grateful for the support he always showed us.
Just ten years ago, coal-fired power plants produced 50% of US electricity. Now that figure is down to 29% as of July 2016. According to IEEFA, the market--not regulation--is responsible for the decline. Cheap natural gas and low-priced renewables combined with advanced technologies are replacing an aging coal fleet.
In March, Vermont's Governor signed the legislation which will guarantee the right to earned sick leave to more than 60,000 residents. It joins Connecticut, California, Massachussetts, and Oregon, as well as 24 cities that have passed paid sick days laws.
On November 8, voters in Arizona overwhelmingly approved Proposition 206 – a ballot initiative to establish earned sick leave and increase the minimum wage! Read more about this important success for working women and their families here.