JDR 3rd Fund


The JDR 3rd Fund was incorporated in 1963 "to stimulate, encourage, promote, and support activities important to human welfare." The Fund allowed its founder, John D. Rockefeller 3rd (president of the fund from 1963 until his death in 1978), to address his varied interests in fields not served by such organizations as the Population Council and the Asia Society. The Fund was engaged in three major programs. The Asian Cultural Program (1963-1979), led by Datus C. Smith, Jr. and Porter A. McCrary, promoted East-West cultural understanding. The Arts in Education program, established in 1967, aimed to make the arts an integral part of education at all levels. Another major program, the Youth Task Force, was established in October 1970 to promote collaborative efforts between youth and business and professional leaders. Led by Jerry J. Swift, the Task Force sponsored a program of local dialogues between the two groups and underwrote a series of surveys by Daniel Yankelovich, Inc. investigating the attitudes of young people, which resulted in several publications. Other projects of the Fund included the Bicentennial Project, the teaching of English in Japan, domestic volunteer service in Indonesia, and the study of the impact of private philanthropy in American life. The Fund was dissolved in 1979, but its Asian Cultural Program was continued by a new organization, the Asian Cultural Council.

active dates: 1963 – 1979
active dates

: 1963 – 1979