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Grateful for Seven Dollars

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In August 2017 an envelope with no return address arrived at the RFC office. Inside were two pieces of blank, lined paper and seven $1 bills. There was no note or identifying information other than a… Read More

2023 Year-end Report from Jennifer Meeropol

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“This is my first letter to many of you as the Executive Director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

2023 Fall Granting: "All we can do is..."

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Guest blog by Cleo Rohn, RFC granting coordinator
Angela Y. Davis

"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

Grants

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.

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Pie Chart Depicting Grants Awarded by Activism Type

Number of Children
188
Number of Grants
94
New Grants
9
Renewals
85
Total Grants Amount
$220,306.00

Application Deadlines:
March 21 & October 13

If you know of a child whom we might help, please let us know. We want all who qualify for our support to have the opportunity to receive it.

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Recent Grants

Students Fight for Justice in Higher Education

$5000 for Targeted Activist Youth (TAY) Development grants for five college students ages 21 to 23 who were beaten and charged with felonies for peacefully protesting the profound inequities in their state’s education system.
Racial Justice
FL

Families Fight to Regain Stability

$4500 for educational and therapeutic support for three children, ages five, 10 and 13, from two activist families who have faced years of rippling effects of FBI targeting and persecution for anti-racist organizing.
Racial Justice
GA, IN

Father Falsely Accused

$3600 to support STEM education for three children, ages 13 to 21, whose father spoke out against the Iraq war, was falsely accused of terrorist activity and was hunted by the FBI in an attempt to silence him.
Civil Liberties
OH
Girls playing music

"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
Rosenbergs in the park, circa 1942

Despite massive, worldwide protest, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed on June 19, 1953, at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. They were convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Espionage in one of the most hotly-debated trials in U.S. history.

Strange Fruit word cloud including "TIME Song of the Century" and a quote by Bruce Springsteen

The “Song of the Century” according to Time Magazine in 1999, was written by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan) in the late 1930s. The stark and haunting anti-lynching anthem, which Meeropol originally wrote as a poem entitled “Bitter Fruit” before changing the name and setting it to music, was first performed by Abel’s wife Anne at teacher’s union meetings. Billie Holiday made an iconic recording in 1939, and numerous other artists have since released their own versions. Strange Fruit still inspires a vast array of art and culture around the world today.

Pete Seeger

At the RFC, we celebrate the power of art and artists to spark conversation and move people to action, while also creating beauty and community. We know that was true during the Harlem Renaissance and the Red Scare and the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements and it’s still true today.