Population Council

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FounderJohn D. Rockefeller III
HeadquartersNew York
Leaders• Julia Bunting
• Ann K. Blanc
• James Sailer
Interestspopulation reduction, eugenics
Interest ofJohn Davison Rockefeller III
Sponsored byBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation
Membership• Darcy Bradbury
• Peter Brandt
• Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
• Julia Bunting
• Ronald F. Geary
• Mina Gerowin
• Victor Halberstadt
• Jonathan Kagan
• Salim S. Abdool
• Nyovani Madise
• Lauren A. Meserve
• Wanda Olson
• Terry Peigh
• K. Sujatha Rao
• David Serwadda
• Jonathan Shakes
• Theo Spencer (USA)
• Jeffrey M. Spieler
• Fransje W van der Waals
• Kaye Wellings
Founded by world's richest family to reduce population

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the reproductive rate among poor people ('to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources'). The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities for this purpose in developing countries.

The Council works with governments and finances civil society organizations in research and programs in more than 50 countries, with a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.


Founded by John D. Rockefeller III in 1952, The Population Council's primary aim was to equip and staff itself as the organization uniquely qualified to be called upon by governments at a later date to initiate personnel training for population programs, a "foot in the door" tactic to control this policy area.

Over the last 70 years, it has used the Rockefeller's extensive network and influence over the World Bank and other international institutions to make grants and loans to poorer countries conditional on following the U.S. elite's population reduction plans.


Its first president (1952-1959) was Frederick Osborn, earlier one of the founding members of the American Eugenics Society in 1926, an organization founded to promote eugenics in the general public. After the horrors of the German Nazi regime created popular revulsion for eugenics, Osborn moved the AES headquarters into Population Council, changed selling angle, and represented a reformed presentation of eugenics. He is credited by later eugenicists with providing the American eugenics movement with a program that abandoned the race- and class-focus of the earlier period and tied eugenics closely to science.

In his 1951 book Eugenics, Osborne complained that with America's incleasing survival rates, "Natural selection by death has almost come to a halt," and wrote: "The eugenic problem is to find means by which the people with the genetic potential most fit to survive in and contribute to our complicated society will tend to have the largest families, while at the same time those with a poorer genetic potential will have smaller families."[1]

Its third president (1968-1974) was Bernard Berelson, who worked hard on communication research. One of his innovations was an audiovisual kit for delivering family planning messages to nonliterate communities.

The Jaffe Memo

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The Jaffe Memo was written by Frederick S. Jaffe in 1969 to Bernard Berelson while he was president. It included a table that summarized many proposals from various sources regarding population control,[2] such as:

  • fertility control agents in water supply
  • payments for abortions
  • compulsory abortions
  • compulsory sterilizations for out of wedlock pregnancies
  • compulsory sterilizations after two children
  • encouraging homosexuality
  • forcing women to work
  • child taxes
  • no welfare payments after first 2 children
  • permits to have children
  • discouragement of private home ownership

The table was included in a report by a Planned Parenthood official that worked for Jaffe, that said "The report was prepared in behalf of Planned Parenthood's Population Education Staff Committee as a basis for discussion of and action on the U.S. population problem by the Planned Parenthood national organization."[3] Berelson and Jaffe would work together on the 1972 Rockefeller Commission Report.[4] Many of the ideas discussed in the memorandum were incorporated into the Rockefeller Report.


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Chris EliasSenior Associate19902000Later Event 201, Gates Foundation



Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationVery influential and rich foundation established to take leadership of global health.
Rockefeller Foundation
The Ford FoundationIn addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.


Known Participant

1 of the 20 of the participants already have pages here:

Victor HalberstadtA professor of economics, with a minimal Wikipedia page, who has attended all Bilderberg meetings since 1975.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Why The Population Bomb Is a Rockefeller Babyarticle1970Steve WeissmanIn the decades previous, birth control had been largely small potatoes. Once the Rockefellers joined the family, however, family planning became a very different kind of business.