The RFC was created to echo the type of support that Robert and Michael received from the extended progressive community after their parents were killed. Many of our grants are for artistic or creative programs: art, dance, drama, music because we recognize the healing power of art.

These opportunities for creative expression can provide a safe harbor for young people in difficult circumstances and, as we’ve seen throughout our history, art can also inspire movements in dark times.

As one beneficiary who received a grant for music lessons explained, "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."