Alida Rockefeller Messinger

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Alida Ferry Rockefeller (born 1948) is an American philanthropist. She is the youngest daughter of John Davison Rockefeller III (1906–1978) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (1909–1992), and a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family. Her brother is former Senator John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born 1937). According to an account in the New York Times, Alida was only five years old when her father began to teach her about philanthropy.[1] She said:

"My father and mother's greatest fear was that their four children might take their wealth for granted and grow up spoiled and arrogant..... They wanted us to learn early that with wealth comes responsibility."[1]

She is a major donor to conservation[2] and environmental organizations. Her Alida R. Messinger Charitable Trust also funds conservation and environmental groups, as does the Rockefeller Family Fund, founded in 1967, of which she is a trustee.

Messinger also contributes financially to the Center for Public Integrity. She gave over a million dollars to democratic-leaning 527 organizations in 2004.[3]

She married Mark Dayton in 1978, who became Governor of Minnesota in 2011. They had two sons together, Eric and Andrew, before divorcing in 1986. She has one daughter with her current husband William Messinger.

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  1. ^ a b "Philanthropy for the 21st Century". The New York Times. November 5, 1989. Retrieved 2010-01-11. ... Alida Rockefeller Messinger, 40, says she was only 5 years old ... 
  2. ^ Will Evans (September 9, 2008). "Profile: League of Conservation Voters". NPR. Retrieved 2010-01-11. Funders: In 2008, League of Conservation Voters' non-federal 527 received $275,000 from Alida Messinger; 
  3. ^ Dotty Lynch And Steve Chaggaris (July 23, 2004). "Washington Wrap". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-01-11. .....the following contributors have donated $1 million dollars of more to various democratic-leaning 527s..... Alida R. Messinger, trustee for the Rockefeller Family Fund, has contributed $1,177,000 this election cycle.