Funders Launch National Conversation on A ‘Common Purpose’

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

At Independent Sector’s annual conference, Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, revealed that RBF and six other major foundations — including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Carnegie Corporation of New York — are funding a "National Purpose Initiative" to engage hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Americans, online and face-to-face, in order to create a shared agenda of national priorities by 2016.

“A dream stolen” were the words used by Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), when he opened the Monday afternoon plenary session of Independent Sector’s annual conference in New York City...