The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG) invests in the future of the United States by cultivating public service leaders and catalyzing globally engaged talent for the federal workforce.
With an emphasis on foreign policy, international relations, and national security, RFG supports graduate academic fellowships, government internships, professional development, and career networking.
The foundation also funds initiatives that highlight the importance and impact of public service, and the dynamic range of opportunities available in the international arena within the federal government.
The Robertson Foundation for Government does not accept unsolicited requests or proposals for funding.
The funds that created the RFG initially were from shares of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which became a leading national grocery store chain known as A&P. Marie Robertson was an heiress to the A&P fortune. Among their many philanthropic endeavors, Marie and her husband Charles Robertson donated A&P stock to support training that fosters future public service leaders for the federal government, with an emphasis on foreign affairs, international relations, and national security.
Public Service is a noble calling and we need men and women of character to believe that they can make a difference in their communities, in their states and in their country.
George H. W. Bush
While an American company, A&P was a wholesaler and retailer of tea and coffee from around the world, transported via ships traveling across the globe. The RFG logo links that past world-wide connection to the foundation’s focus on cultivating future U.S. government leaders who are informed with international perspective.
The four segments within the globe symbolize the pillars of RFG’s activities to support public service leadership:
- Graduate academic fellowships
- Government internships
- Professional development and educational programming
- Networking and partnerships that promote public service
Together, these elements help catalyze careers in service to the nation.
RFG stands against injustice and racism
The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG) was created with a mission to support the United States government to defend and extend freedom throughout the world. The foundation condemns all acts and systemic policies and practices that oppress, create barriers to equal opportunity, and foster disparities.
Democracy and freedom cannot be accomplished and flourish when the human rights and civil liberties of any individual or group of people are not upheld, respected and honored. RFG supports peaceful protests in the furtherance of racial justice.
Racism and discrimination are unacceptable in any place and in any form in a nation that espouses the right to life and liberty for all. The disproportionate death toll and negative economic impacts among communities of color from the coronavirus pandemic, and the killing of unarmed Black citizens and ongoing violations of the rights of people of color illuminate the historic and pervasive reach of prejudice and racism in the United States. RFG acknowledges the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and those before them whose lives have ended unjustly.
The foundation reaffirms its commitment to support and promote policies, practices and education that enhance the federal government to ensure freedom and security for people of color and all Americans. RFG will work to cultivate leaders who act responsibly and foster hope and encourage the best of institutions and citizens to live up to the principles of America and equitably address challenges for the strength of our nation and the world. RFG applauds the efforts of civil servants at all levels of government who seek to address the failures of American society to live up to its ideals, to preserve constitutional rights, and empower government institutions that make the realization of those ideals possible.
Diversity, justice and inclusion are integral to true democracy and a safe and civil society. RFG will explore and engage in expanded action to further these dimensions vital to achieve government of, by and for the people – all people.