This year, Ford is featured on Fast Company’s annual ranking of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for its innovative efforts to strengthen the organizations we support and invest in social change -- including our $1 billion commitment to impact investing.
Vox reports that on issues like guns, immigration, health care, and climate change, Americans are increasingly putting pressure on businesses to act when they believe government will not. Commenting on this phenomenon, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told reporter Emily Stewart he recognizes that “when presented with government that is not responding to the desires of the citizenry, citizens are looking for other ways to change public policy.” But when it comes to real solutions, he said, it’s complicated: “It’s problematic to believe that the private sector can be a proxy for government, and so we need our government to be responsive to the citizenry.”
Ford reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report, which documented the failings of the media to address the civil unrest in 1967 in Detroit, Newark, and elsewhere. Below is a rundown of media coverage from outlets including PBS NewsHour, WDET and others.
This op-ed originally appeared in El Tiempo on February 2, 2018. The following version has been translated from the Spanish.
Inside Philanthropy features an interview with Hilary Pennington on her leadership at the Ford Foundation and the biggest issues facing civil society.
In this Times Picayune op-ed, Darren Walker highlights the role of innovative partnerships in New Orleans's recovery.
In the linkage between inequality and climate change, questions of land tenure are key.
Darren Walker announces the appointment of a foundation program officer based in Detroit—working alongside communities and leaders to ensure that the people of Detroit are shaping how their neighborhoods are developed.
Announced on Monday, this year's Pulitzer winners included Ford Foundation grantees in several categories.
Various media outlets cover the Ford Foundation's commitment of $1 billion of our endowment toward mission-related investments.
NPR examines the Bard Prison Initiative, which pairs graduates with employers to give them yearlong professional positions, and the Ford Foundation's participation in the program.
The Washington Post covers Darren Walker's lecture at the Kennedy Center, and Arts Advocacy Day sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Opinion pieces highlighting the importance of arts funding are also featured in the Hill and the Houston Chronicle.
On this episode of the weekly Fortt Knox podcast, Darren Walker talks to Jon Fortt about the importance of empathy and understanding in creating meaningful change.
Ford Foundation president Darren Walker is one of 170 new inductees into Fast Company's Most Creative People list.
in this Town & Country op-ed, Darren talks about Princess Mabel of the Netherlands and her quest to end child marriage.
In a special program about the American dream, Diane Sawyer chronicles the new reality of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever but struggling to stay in the middle class.
The Ford Foundation's Hilary Pennington and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Fay Twersky discuss how the feedback movement helps nonprofits build better, more effective programs.
NY1's Budd Mishkin profiles Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his journey from humble beginnings to his role as a leader in philanthropy.
The lab, which has 12 residents, is a partnership between CFC Media Lab, NFB, and JustFilms | Ford Foundation.
This is the 25th year that the Greater Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has hosted the National Philanthropy Day awards, honoring top volunteers, donors, and funders.
Eric Doppstadt talks about his 27 years at the foundation and the value of long-term investing in ensuring it can continue working toward social justice.
Watch the discussion from the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, moderated by Dina Habib Powell, head of impact investing at Goldman Sachs, and president, Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Watch the video about how technology is changing the way philanthropy tackles the world's issues and how the Ford Foundation is working with technologists to advance social change.
Ana Marie Argilagos, a senior advisor for Ford Foundation's equitable development work, spoke with Citiscope about the impact of the upcoming Habitat III conference for ensuring sustainable global development.
Nonprofit Quarterly examines how issues of inequality disproportionately affect communities of color and how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help alleviate these issues and empower communities.
Scholarships need to do much more to reduce the growing inequality in higher education.
As part of a commemorative Washington Post issue on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, director of Creativity and Free Expression Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the stories, and story, of a people.
In this op-ed, Hilary Pennington discusses the promise of higher education, and the role of scholarships in combating inequality.
In a conversation with Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer, Darren Walker explains how short-termism in business can exacerbate income inequality and how the Ford Foundation is working to alleviate the many forms of inequality around the world.
In a conversation with Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer, Darren Walker explains how the 2016 Olympics have brought millions of dollars of investment to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but these benefits have not reached the country's most overlooked populations.
Co.exist takes a look at #ReasonsForHope, a campaign led by 39 philanthropies that encourages Americans to fight despair and work together to create more dignity, justice, and equality.
The Washington Post breaks down funding for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens next month. Since 2006, Ford has made several contributions to the museum—the largest for galleries focused on African American life after the civil rights movement.
Southern Africa regional director Nicolette Naylor compares the horror of the Orlando massacre with the reality faced by LGBTI people across the African continent every day.
In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Hilary Pennington proposes that the nonprofit sector create new models for recognizing individual leaders without compromising the collective efforts, movements, and environment of inclusion that they are trying to build.
GeekWire spoke with Ford Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Berners-Lee and filmmaker Jessica Yu about the documentary film, foreveryone.net. The film explores the creation of the web, and Mr. Berners-Lee's greatest fear for its future.
This is not the first time Detroit has risen from the proverbial ashes.
As one of Time's most influential people, Darren is changing the language of philanthropy, from “them” and “they” to “us” and “we.”
The 11-year-old organization makes grants to artists.
Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz talks to Darren about how the foundation is addressing the drivers of inequality.
Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America.
Our technology program officer earned a place on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of influential change makers.
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s “disruptive optimism” will spur solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.
In this op-ed, Darren considers the origins of modern philanthropy and how we can rethink the traditional “gospel of giving”—and indeed, why we must.
At our Rights Now event, the country’s first black attorney general candidly discussed the state of civil rights, voting rights, and #blacklivesmatter.
Darren Walker outlines the foundation's new focus on fighting inequality and offers his take on the role of philanthropy in today's world.
Claudio Fuentes, Director de la Escuela de Ciencia Política, Universidad Diego Portales, analiza la razón por la cual la filantropía chilena es tan limitada.
Supported by the foundation, the initiative is part of an effort to make diversity a priority for these institutions.
Darren Walker talks to Shelterforce about connecting the dots.
Andrew Dosunmu's feature received critical support from JustFilms.