As a foundation dedicated to protecting and advancing human welfare, we are working proactively to address the rising concerns about the coronavirus and monitor and assess the rapidly changing environment in our headquarters of New York and around the world.
A message from our president
During these stressful, uncertain times, our interdependence on each other has become crystal clear. Ford Foundation President Darren Walker shares his reflections on the current crisis and sheds light on how philanthropy is offering hope and long-term solutions amidst it all. Read more.
Supporting our grantees
The work of the individuals and organizations we support matters now more than ever. We are working closely with them to understand their needs during this challenging time and provide them with the required support and flexibility to navigate the evolving situation. Read more.
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Our global offices
The Ford Foundation offices in Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, New Delhi, Jakarta, Mexico City, Cairo, Johannesburg, New York, and Lagos will be closed until further notice. Our China office is open.
The Center for Social Justice, the public garden, and our art gallery will be closed until further notice. Learn more about our New York office closure.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been an exemplar of leadership in this time of crisis, someone to whom other state and local officials are looking for guidance. On Friday, the governor took the crucial step of ordering the release of 1,100 people from New York’s jails and prisons. But he must do more. If we don’t act fast, we jeopardize the lives of many. Worse yet, we risk creating a uniquely deadly incubator for the virus.
The new $75 million fund will provide grants and loans to New York City-based social services and cultural organizations to support them in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund has raised more than $95 million from 500 donors, with $44 Million already awarded to support 276 critical New York City nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When crises strike, every moment wasted navigating red tape can cause detriment to the most vulnerable communities. That’s why we spearheaded a philanthropy pledge, bringing together more than 400 major funders to commit to flexible funding to support our nonprofit partners as they support the individuals and communities most impacted by COVID-19.
Low-wage workers and their families have been hard hit by COVID-19. Millions are unemployed, while those on the frontlines are working harder and longer hours than ever. The new Families and Workers Fund, with a goal of raising $20 million and initial commitment of over $7 million, provides direct cash support and advances policy responses that are fast acting, long lasting, and informed by people most affected.
The Disability Inclusion Fund, an initiative supported by Ford and leading philanthropies, launched a $200,000 rapid response fund to support the needs of people with disabilities impacted by the coronavirus.