Across the United
States, activists are
under attack.

They're struggling to wage peace,
preserve civil liberties, safeguard
the environment...

...combat racism, poverty and
homophobia...

and organize on behalf of immigrants,
prisoners, workers & others whose
lives are under threat.

Children in this country are suffering
right now because their parents
who are involved in social justice
movements have been the targets
of harsh repression.

With your help, the RFC can support and nurture the vulnerable children of these courageous families.

About the RFC

The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, public foundation that makes grants to aid children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. We also assist youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities. Donations to the RFC are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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RFC News

"Dear Rfc,"

Every day the RFC receives correspondence from our community. Two recent notes that accompanied modest donations, are wildly different in almost every way, from tone, to content, to what about the RFC resonates with the writers. But they each illuminate powerful reasons why many thousands of people - across several generations and with varying points of connection - care so deeply about our work helping today's children of targeted activists. Read them on the RFC blog here.

New Grants for Children of Human & Civil Rights Activists

In the fall of 2015 four new families received their first RFC grants. Including the seven new recipients in the spring, almost a dozen families and targeted activist youth joined the RFC community last year. Several of their stories are highlighted on the RFC blog, here.

A Message from Holly Near and Angela Davis

As we wrap up this 25th anniversary year that has included our ongoing salute to "artists as activists," Holly Near and Angela Davis share a message via video, here, about why they are such staunch RFC supporters. Along with participating in a number of our events over the years, Holly and Angela are also long-time members of our Advisory Board. We're proud and grateful that they continue to be part of our community that stands with the children of targeted activists, and with youth activists targeted for their own organizing.

RFC Receives Highest Charity Navigator Rating

As supporters consider making year-end contributions, we're pleased to announce that we've received "4 Stars," the highest mark that the widely-respected, independent rating service Charity Navigator awards. This trusted source confirms what our donors already know: the RFC uses our resources extremely efficiently, to maximize the aid we are able to provide to the children of targeted activists, and to youth targeted for their own organizing.

"Thank you for the work you do."

"Thank you for the work you do. Donation attached." (Received with a contribution this week.) Sometimes, short and sweet, says it best. To learn how our work has enriched the lives of the vulnerable kids and youth we aid, read Jenn Meeropol's year-end message to our community, here. And please consider making a tax-deductible gift so that we can continue helping the children of resistance in 2016.

RFC t-shirts and posters for sale

RFC and Rosenberg commemorative posters and t-shirts are now for sale on our Merchandise page. Items include vintage Cuban posters celebrating Ethel and Julius, RFC logo shirts, and posters and shirts from past RFC Carry it Forward and Celebrate the Children of Resistance events.

Guest blog from an RFC beneficiary

A recent college grad who received RFC grants while he was in school, reflects on the fact that the financial support was hugely important, but some of the other things he gained by being part of the RFC community, have had an even more significant impact on his life. Learn what it was that influenced him so profoundly, in his guest post on the RFC blog.

See our "Art, Activism & the RFC" film

On October 17th, artists, activists, and members of the RFC community from around the country came together to celebrate 25 years of our work supporting the children of resistance. The evening spotlighted "Artists as Activists" and the many ways that art has been woven into the history of the RFC and the Rosenberg/Meeropol family.  Gina Belafonte, Erin McKeown, Ellen Meeropol, and the A Besere Velt chorus were part of the live event. We also premiered a short film we produced with RFC Advisory Board members Angela Davis, Holly Near, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Mike + Ruthy, and Peter Mulvey; plus Pamela Means, The Nields, and my father (RFC founder, Robert Meeropol), talking about the intersection of art and activism, which you can view on the RFC blog here.

Jenn Meeropol, on Ethel Rosenberg's 100th Birthday

The week of Ethel Rosenberg's centennial has been momentous. In her final blog in a series reflecting on her grandmother at this milestone, RFC executive director Jenn Meeropol shares her thoughts on why issues that impacted Ethel's arrest, trial, and conviction, are still highly relevant for the activist families the RFC is helping today. Read Jenn's blog here for the details.

Two Honors Bestowed on Ethel Rosenberg in NYC on 100th Birthday, Sep 28

On September 28, 2015, the 100th anniversary of Ethel Rosenberg's birthday, she received two posthumous honors from New York City (where she lived her entire life, until being sent to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY, where she was executed). In a ceremony on the steps of City Hall, New York City Council Members gathered with three generations of Ethel's descendants, to issue a stunning proclamation in her honor, noting among other things, that the "government wrongfully executed" her. In addition, Gale Brewer, the Manhattan Borough President, proclaimed it to be "Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice in the Borough of Manhattan." Visit the the RFC Press Releases page and our social media for full text of the proclamations, statements from Rosenberg sons Robert and Michael Meeropol, and more.

Meet Our Community

"Thank you for the grant to cover my son's academic & sports activities. As I'm sure you know, it is difficult working for social change. To me, the grant is a gift and a form of validation and encouragement."

-Targeted activist parent

"At this time of economic havoc and as an 83 yr old living on a fixed income, I had to make some painful decisions about how I would allocate my donations. The one thing I did not have to think twice about was my commitment to the RFC, to which I had been one of the original donors."

-RFC Supporter

"Thank you for making it possible for our family to attend the Children of Resistance commemoration. We are proud to be part of the RFC's 'beloved community'. Thanks again for your support, material and spiritual."

-Targeted activist parent of RFC beneficiaries

"We were so excited when we learned that you had decided to give grants for our music lessons. It has been difficult to pay for them since our father lost his job. Thank you for recognizing how our dad was singled out for his stand against war, and for realizing music's importance to our family."

-RFC beneficiary siblings

"As an artist committed to social justice and civil liberties, I am deeply gratified to stand with the family of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Angela Davis, and a new generation of political activists to forge an unbreakable link between the struggles of the past and of the present."

-Eve Ensler, RFC Advisory Board member

"In the 1950's my father went to jail for being a member of the Communist Party. As a teenaged girl it was important to know that someone outside our own family cared what happened to us, knew that we needed emotional as well as some financial support. I know from my experience that the work you are doing is very important."

-RFC supporter

"What the RFC does is totally unique, lending financial and in many ways spiritual support to the people who lay everything on the line for the betterment of our world.  It gives us a great sense of pride to be aligned with such a noble and vital organization."

-Mike & Ruthy Merenda, RFC Advisory Board members

"RFC is exactly what we need to do in other realms of our organizing- building long term infrastructure that makes it EASIER for ordinary people to be in the movement, to have relationships while they are in the movement, to have a fulfilling life while they are in the movement, and so on..."

-Member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

"Thank you for the grant you gave me. I hate that my father is in prison, but I'm glad there's an organization like you who not only understands, but goes even further to help."

-RFC beneficiary

"Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist."

-Angela Davis, RFC Advisory Board member

"I want to express my thanks to the RFC for granting me a Carry It Forward award. Books are so expensive. The grant has really helped, so I can not worry and focus on my activism!"

-Targeted activist youth RFC beneficiary

"My daughters have suffered in silence throughout our ordeal. Even so, they have been our unrelenting cheerleaders. Your organization's generosity will allow them to be kids again."

-Targeted activist parent
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