Equals Change Blog

Ideas and inspiration for a just world

Hilary, Pennington, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

What happened to the American Dream? Q&A with "Happiness for All" author Carol Graham

The “American Dream”—one of the country’s most foundational principles—has long made a simple promise: Hard work leads to success. But what happens when large swaths of American society don’t buy into it?

Atila Roque

, Director, Brazil

On privilege: Why discomfort is a sign of progress

Privilege is very comfortable. But fighting the kind of inequality that leads to great suffering for so many will require disrupting that privilege, and breaking down some of the barriers that enable and preserve it.

Alfred, Ironside, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Global Communications

Ghada, Abdel Tawab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Informal is the new normal: Why informal employment is here to stay

There are millions of workers around the world who are working and living at the periphery of the formal economy. We call these workers informal workers.

Otto Saki

, Office of Southern Africa

How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help

Around the world, corporations are using Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to silence environmental activists. 

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

My message to graduates: With freedom comes responsibility

Darren Walker reflects on four of his commencement speeches, addressing how around the world, democracy and democratic values are under siege, and our responsibilities to protect democracy. 

Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Morgan Hargrave

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Technology Fellow, Civic Engagement and Government

Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice

The Internet is increasingly automated, sometimes by programs that have ill intentions toward social justice organizations. Learn what you and your organization should be aware of if you use the Internet. 

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Why education in prison matters to democracy

Despite similar crime rates, the US incarceration rate is more than five times that of comparable countries. Out of every 100,000 Americans, 693 are in prison—a number that has multiplied in the past four decades.

Martin, Abregu, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

What strengthening human rights has to do with challenging inequality

The Ford Foundation will continue to be a major funder in this field, supporting human rights actors and practices within all our efforts to overcome inequality.

Kamilah Duggins William, Kelley, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kamilah Duggins, Talent Acquisition Manager

, Talent Acquisition Director

Why the Ford Foundation launched a program for formerly incarcerated people—and how we did it

In 2015, the Ford Foundation decided to "walk our talk" and start a professional development program for formerly incarcerated people. Our HR department explains what the process was like. 

Kamilah Duggins William, Kelley, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kamilah Duggins, Talent Acquisition Manager

, Talent Acquisition Director

How to create a re-entry program in your organization

Ford Foundation shares some lessons for organizations considering starting a hiring program for formally incarcerated people.

Amy, Brown, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Sanjiv, Rao, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Noorain Khan, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Office of the President

What’s your American Dream Score?

Your American Dream Score aims to help us examine the many experiences, systems, and institutions that have helped—or hindered—our path to where we are today, and to jump-start honest discussions about the role of inequality and opportunity in our lives.

Lavar Gibson

Lavar Gibson, Associate

Joi Ito and Jeff Howe’s new rules for our faster, tech-driven world

In their new book, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito and journalist and MIT visiting scholar Jeff Howe lay out new “rules” for surviving and advancing in this age of rapid technological change.

Noha, El-Mikawy, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Middle East and North Africa

An influx of refugees brings not only challenges, but opportunities

The global refugee crisis poses a range of challenges to host countries but also economic and cultural opportunities. Policy solutions that ensure refugees’ dignity and help build their skills, talents, and assets will ensure that migrants can live full lives and contribute to their new communities.

Jocelyn Harmon, Chief Philanthropy Officer, CFED Jeremie Greer, Vice President of Policy and Research, CFED

Jocelyn Harmon, Chief Philanthropy Officer, CFED

Jeremie Greer, Vice President of Policy and Research, CFED

How the US tax code drives inequality—and what we can do to fix it

The US tax code is upside down—spending on tax benefits for wealthy Americans is significantly higher than on federal agency programs that benefit Americans who need help the most. A commonsense tax code would benefit all Americans and minimize wealth inequality.

Ivana, Fertziger, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ximena Warnaars. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

Choosing water over gold: El Salvador bans metallic mining

El Salvador's Congress voted to prohibit metallic mining, putting aside their differences to protect human health and the environment.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Unleashing the power of endowments: The next great challenge for philanthropy

The Ford Foundation is committing up to $1 billion from its $12 billion endowment over the next 10 years to the nascent investment field known as mission-related investing.

Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

The War on Drugs has failed. What’s next?

Attitudes around drug use are changing and the "War on Drugs" has failed—especially in communities of color. Updated policy is needed to create a more humane drug policy. 

Keaton Allen-Gessesse, SERI litigation volunteer and Harvard Public Service Venture Fellow

Keaton Allen-Gessesse, SERI litigation volunteer and Harvard Public Service Venture Fellow

Who owns the story of South Africa’s Marikana massacre?

Bringing the Truth Home tells the story of the 34 miners shot down in Marikana during their strike for a living wage in 2012, attempting to right the prevailing narrative. 

Crysta Jentile, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Crysta Jentile, Communications Associate

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad on freedom, Muslim identity, and the drive to excel

US Olympic medalist and entrepreneur Ibtihaj Muhammad on her experience as a woman of color, a Muslim American, and a female athlete today

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first

Consumer Reports launches open-source consumer privacy effort called the Digital Standard, supported by the Ford Foundation.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

One year after her death, Berta Cáceres's voice lives on

It has now been a year since the courageous environmental activist and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was murdered in Honduras, and those responsible still have not been brought to justice.

Christopher Dekki, Communitas Maruxa Cardama Felix Dodds James Goldstein

Christopher Dekki, Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer, Communitas Coalition

Maruxa Cardama, Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas Coalition

Felix Dodds, Special Advisor, Communitas Coalition

James Goldstein, Research Director, Communitas Coalition

Strong partnerships for a sustainable future: The legacy of the Communitas Coalition

Communitas is the Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Sundance 2017: Celebrating films that help us understand today’s world

JustFilms, part of Ford’s Creativity and Free Expression program, is a longtime partner of the Sundance Institute and supported seven films in 2017.

Hannah Meropol

Hannah Meropol, Tom Ford Fellow

After the global women’s marches, how do we turn a moment into a movement?

The power of the Women’s March can't be sustained without people coming together to resist the sources not only of their own oppression but also of each other’s.

Morgan Hargrave

, Technology Fellow, Civic Engagement and Government

Technologists for social justice: Why Ford is hiring more tech fellows

The Ford Foundation is looking for technologists to join our grant-making teams and help them advance social justice and challenge inequality.

Timothy Flacke

Timothy Flacke, Executive Director, Commonwealth

Prize Savings: Marrying a social sector idea with private sector scale

Each week, nearly one-third of the US population visits a Walmart store. As is the case with nearly half of all Americans, many of these shoppers have $400 or less in savings. In fact, one in six Americans says he or she is unprepared for a financial emergency, and only half feel financially secure. A third say they have no savings at all, according to a recent Pew survey.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

URGE’s Kierra Johnson on the Women’s March and the power of youth

Q&A with URGE executive director Kierra Johnson on how gender, reproductive rights, and sexual health issues impact a person’s life.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

How documentary storytelling can forge connection and create change

How can creative and documentary work help build a fairer and more just society?

Crysta Jentile, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Crysta Jentile, Communications Associate

Why standing up for immigrant rights benefits everyone

We need an immigrant rights movement that decreases fear and expands opportunities for all.

Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

10 tech issues that will impact social justice in 2017

10 pressing tech issues that exist at the nexus of technology and social justice.

Elizabeth Alexander. New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Director, Creativity and Free Expression

Anna Deavere Smith on the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for empathy in education

The Ford Foundation's Elizabeth Alexander speaks with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith about Smith's new play, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, examining the school-to-prison pipeline.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Let America be America again: A New Year’s reflection

In a New Year's message, Darren Walker reminds us that we share a human aspiration to live in dignity.

Margaret, Morton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Fighting hate and inequality by advancing cultural equality

Today’s divisive climate makes it more urgent than ever to lift up vibrant art and creative expression that unifies and humanizes people through stories, art, and cultural practice.

Rebeca Sandoval Helena, Hofbauer, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate

, Director, Mexico and Central America

Recognizing human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America

The Ford Foundation recognizes four grantees that recently received special awards for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing human rights in Mexico and Central America.

Rebeca Sandoval Helena, Hofbauer, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate

, Director, Mexico and Central America

Defensoras de los derechos humanos en México y Centroamérica: ejemplos que nos inspiran

The Ford Foundation recognizes four grantees that recently received special awards for their work and dedication to advancing human rights

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Graham Macmillian, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Reflecting on the Paris climate agreement, one year later

Ford Foundation program officers reflect on the progress made in the past year since the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted, the roles of business and indigenous land rights in combating climate change, and how countries are moving from planning to implementation.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Graham Macmillian, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Listening for change: Why foundations need to pay attention to what grantees are saying

According to a new research report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, 67 percent of foundations say they should listen more to grantees.

Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon, Executive Director, Program on Social Enterprise at the Yale School of Management

Graduation case studies: An opportunity to learn & scale up

CGAP and the Ford Foundation commissioned case studies in Colombia, Peru, Ethiopia, and India exploring the Graduation Approach.

Tracy Van Slyke. Photo credit: Jim Newberry Rinku Sen

Tracy Van Slyke, Director, Culture Lab

Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Race Forward

How to be a better storyteller: Five questions social change makers need to ask

The Culture Lab and Race Forward offer five questions and a tool kit to help social change and media makers become better storytellers. 

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

“Pushout” author Monique Morris on what’s driving the criminalization of black girls in America

Stereotypes and stigma make black female students vulnerable to mistreatment and criminalization in school.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Our duty is to find hope in darkness

Darren Walker writes about finding hope amid the global challenges of 2016.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Indigenous land rights: A cheap and effective climate change solution, just in time

Protecting our forests and restoring indigenous peoples' rights over their land will keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow the rate of global climate change. 

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Derechos indígenas a la tierra: Una solución efectiva y de bajo costo ante el cambio climático, y justo a tiempo

Derechos indígenas a la tierra: Una solución efectiva y de bajo costo ante el cambio climático, y justo a tiempo

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

"America Divided": Putting a spotlight on inequality

America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Libby, Wann. New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Elizabeth Wann, Program Assistant, Inclusive Economies

Domestic workers’ rights and voter suppression: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 5

Ford Foundation staff recap Episode 5 of America Divided and discuss domestic workers' rights and voter suppression

Mayra, Peters-Quintero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ethan, Fray, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Associate, Civic Engagement and Government

Money in politics, immigrant rights, and the opioid crisis: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 4

Ford Foundation staff recap episode 4 of America Divided and discuss the influence of big money in politics and protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants. 

Gavin Silber Lwazi Mtshiyo Hopolang Selebalo

Gavin Silber, Research Consultant, Ndifuna Ukwazi

Lwazi Mtshiyo, Candidate Attorney, Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI)

Hopolang Selebalo, Head of Research, Ndifuna Ukwazi

Why urban policy alone won’t solve South Africa’s inequality problem

South African cities illustrate how urban policies can be effectively implemented but also destructive to the communities they should be serving.

Don, Chen, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Equitable Development

A city upon a hill: How to fulfill the promise of Habitat III

Ford Foundation's director for Equitable Development, Don Chen, explains how the global community can ensure that Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda live up to expectations.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminalizing students of color, immigration reform, and the opioid epidemic: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 3

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 3 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

"When Two Worlds Collide": A victory for Peruvian indigenous leaders, on-screen and off

The documentary When Two Worlds Collide captures the conflict between indigenous communities determined to protect their tribal lands, and government-supported business interests eager to open those lands up to oil drilling, mining, and clear-cutting.

Julio Berdegué Felicity Proctor Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation. Michael Cohen Lena Simet

Julio Berdegué, Principal Researcher, Rimisp - Latin American Center for Rural Development

Felicity Proctor, Research Associate, Rimisp - Latin American Center for Rural Development

, Director, Andean Region

, Program Associate

Michael Cohen, Director, International Affairs, The New School

Lena Simet, Coordinator, Global Urban Futures Project, The New School

What to expect at the Habitat III conference on urban development

The Ford Foundation and its grantees weigh in on the opportunities and challenges of the upcoming Habitat III conference in Quito.

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

, Director, Internet Freedom

"Weapons of Math Destruction": Data scientist Cathy O’Neil on how unfair algorithms perpetuate inequality

Data scientist Cathy O’Neil shows in her revealing book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality, that math and mathematical algorithms are not as neutral and unbiased as we think they are.

 

Alberto, Cerda Silva, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Protecting free speech in the digital age: Q&A with UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression

Alberto Cerda Silva speaks with David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, about how the Internet is changing the right to free speech, press, and expression.

David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

Segregation in housing and education, and moving forward in Flint: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 2

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 2 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

David Robinson, Upturn

David Robinson, Principal, Upturn

Data ethics is a challenge that major foundations can’t afford to ignore

A new report released by Upturn examines how philanthropy can harness data at scale , what risks big data pose to foundations, and how to address these risks.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminal justice reform, the Flint water crisis, and NYC housing: A recap of “America Divided,” episode 1

The first episode of America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores three issues of American inequality: our nation's broken criminal justice system, the Flint water crisis, and housing issues in New York City. 

Margaret, Morton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

The future of the arts is Latinx: Q&A with artist Teresita Fernandez

Despite being the fastest growing ethnic group, Latinxs are the least represented group in the arts. Teresita Fernandez speaks with the Ford Foundation about why Latinxs are critical to the future of the arts. 

John Irons. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Director, Inclusive Economies

New data from the US Census Bureau shows progress on income, poverty, and health coverage

For the first time since 1999, we have seen improvements in incomes, poverty reduction, and health coverage all in one year.

“The web belongs to all of us”: Q&A with the web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, discusses why he created the web, why access to the Internet is a human right, and what it really means for the Internet to be open “for everyone" following a screening of Foreveryone.net, a documentary by Jessica Yu about his great invention. 

Kavita Ramdas, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Advisor, Global Strategy

Poem: Room of Abilities

Ford Foundation's Kavita Ramdas authored a poem inspired by her time with feminist activists from around the globe who are living with disabilities.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Ignorance is the enemy within: On the power of our privilege, and the privilege of our power

Darren Walker on how ignorance can fuel inequality, and learning from our oversights can forge a way towards justice.

Rachel Wimpee

Rachel Wimpee, Ford Foundation Historian and Project Director

A brief history of Ford Foundation's support for scholarships and fellowships

The Ford Foundation has a rich history of supporting scholarships and fellowships that have a focus on social justice, including our International Fellowships Program.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Why gender and sexuality are central to China’s relationships with the Global South

China's growing relationship with and participation in the Global South raises questions about the role of gender and sexuality issues in foreign aid, investment, and development in the region. 

Jacqueline, Burton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

Hábitat III: Los gobiernos locales son claves para lograr las metas de desarrollo internacional

A pesar de que los grandes acuerdos intergubernamentales son negociados y adoptados por los gobiernos nacionales, son las autoridades regionales y locales quienes entienden mejor las necesidades y desafíos locales y son, en última instancia, los responsables de establecer un desarrollo equitativo en sus regiones.

Juliet Mureriwa

Juliet Mureriwa, Learning Officer, Strategy and Learning

#ThisFlag: Zimbabwe’s online revolution

Evan Mawarire's Facebook video lamenting the worsening economic crisis and political repression in Zimbabwe sparked an online revolution, #ThisFlag. Mawarire urged Zimbabweans to reclaim their aspirations and reminded them that the power to change the status quo is in the hands of citizens. 

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Ford’s new office in Bogotá: Q&A with director Javier Ciurlizza

Javier Ciurlizza, the Ford Foundation’s Andean Region representative, discusses the strategy behind the opening of a new regional headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, inequality in Colombia, the historic peace agreement, and what’s ahead for the region.

Anna, Wadia, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

Celebrating the Fight for $15: How raising the minimum wage helps build an economy that works for all

Raising the minimum wage positively impacts all Americans and the broader economy. Workers are making gains in raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing paid sick days and paid family leave, and cracking down on wage theft, but there is still progress to be made. 

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Nueva oficina de la Fundación Ford en Bogotá: Entrevista con el director Javier Ciurlizza

El 5 de septiembre de 2016, la Fundación Ford abrirá una nueva oficina regional en Bogotá (Colombia), la cual se convertirá en la sede central de nuestras labores en la Región Andina. Javier Ciurlizza, director de la fundación para esta región, habla sobre la estrategia que motivó el traslado, así como la desigualdad en Colombia, el histórico acuerdo de paz y lo que le espera a la región en el futuro.

Crysta Jentile, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Michelle Lawrence

Crysta Jentile, Communications Associate

Michelle Lawrence, Communications Intern

How government use of big data can harm communities

Big data drives much of our daily lives, but without proper oversight, the use of data by government agencies can exacerbate existing inequality and harm communities. 

Alberto, Cerda Silva, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Giving megaphones to the disenfranchised: Why Internet rights are human rights

Access to the Internet is critical for freedom of expression in modern societies and for enjoying cultural, social, and economic rights. Government's role in protecting this human right includes not blocking free speech, but also providing the disenfranchised with a voice.

Michael Brennan. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Technology Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Announcing the 2016 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows

The second class of Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows aims to support the next generation of public interest technologists who leverage their technology-related expertise to serve the public good.

Amy, Kenyon, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Inequality is a choice: Rewriting the rules of the American economy

A Q&A with Roosevelt Institute President Felicia Wong on how to create a  US economic system that supports strong growth and shared prosperity for all.

Leticia, Osorio, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

2016 Olympic Games: What Rio doesn’t want the world to see

The 2016 Olympics promised benefits for all of Rio’s citizens, but instead ended up violating human rights, increasing public debt, and further segregating the city's most vulnerable populations. 

Kali Villarosa, Ford Foundation Summer 2016 Intern

Kali Villarosa, Intern, Ford Foundation

Awakening millennials to the fight against HIV/AIDS

While millennials are concerned about what’s going on in the world today, somehow HIV/AIDS, a disease that intersects with issues like LGBT rights, mass incarceration, gender equality, and war, has fallen off their radar.

Thalia Orphee

Thalia Orphee, Intern, Ford Foundation

A real commitment to diversity means having diverse leadership

Despite an increasing emphasis on diversity in organizations and corporate America, leadership roles are overwhelming still white and male.

Sabina Razak

Sabina Razak, Intern, Ford Foundation

We treat success like a competition—but internships aren’t a race

Ford Foundation intern reflects on the current state of internships, are they more about prestige than learning?

Tanya Coke, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

What it will take to heal racial divisions and transform the US justice system

Real change will require hard work by every one of us who values fairness and safety. Activists must be willing to sit down with police and politicians to propose specific solutions. Police officials must listen and find the will to implement them.

Amara Amadiegwu

Amara Amadiegwu, Intern, Ford Foundation

Stefan Norgaard

Stefan Norgaard, Stanford University Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy

Why the Olympics and other major sporting events usually increase inequality in the host city

If we change the approach to development, large sporting events like the Olympics can reduce, rather than drive, inequality.

Delane Kalembo

Delane Kalembo, Program Coordinator, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights

How Africa’s religious leaders are fighting stigma and HIV/AIDS

Reflecting on the International AIDS Conference in Durban, Delane Kalembo speaks to the role that religious leaders and faith-based organizations play in turning the tide on HIV in Africa.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

#ReasonsForHope

Foundation presidents acknowledge the courageous organizations working every day to push past despair and create change. #reasonsforhope

Michael Clemens

Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Why today’s migration crisis is an issue of global economic inequality

The global inequality of opportunity is what's driving the current migration crisis.

Natasha Sharma

Natasha Sharma, Intern, Ford Foundation

Why paid internships are important for first generation students

In a world where building connections is everything, paid internships offer young people of all different economic and social classes the opportunity to prepare for the future without having to sacrifice financial stability.

Emily Akpan, Ford Foundation summer 2016 intern

Emily Akpan, Intern, Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation interns weigh in

Ford Foundation interns weigh in on President Darren Walker's New York Times op-ed "Why Internships Are Not a Privilege."

Victor Tavarez, Ford Foundation intern

Victor Tavarez, Intern, Ford Foundation

Getting unstuck: Why internships matter

Internships help disadvantaged students tap into the advantages that so many of their peers already have.

Jacqueline, Burton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Ana Marie, Argilagos, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Equitable Development

, Senior Advisor, Equitable Development

Habitat III: Urbanization can be a force for tackling inequality

Habitat III—the United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development—will take place in Quito, Ecuador this October.

Clarisa, Bencomo, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

How can cities in the Middle East and North Africa be more inclusive?

Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa must figure out how to make their cities more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable as they grapple with devastating conflicts, mass displacements of people, widespread inequality, and rapid population growth.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Why black lives matter to philanthropy

The Movement for Black Lives has created an opportunity for philanthropy to see and learn from new and dynamic forms of social justice leadership and infrastructure.

Ekanem, Williams, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

How child marriage exacerbates Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic

There is a close link between child marriage and the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Yet the interventions designed to respond to these two issues are often not integrated. 

Margaret, Hempel, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Remembering Alison Bernstein

We remember Alison Bernstein, former vice president of Creativity and Free Expression

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

SCOTUS abortion decision: Why restoring the status quo isn’t enough

Fighting laws like the one invalidated by the Supreme Court means playing defense. 

Justin Sylvester. New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Report: 2015 was the worst year on record for killings of environmental defenders

The worst-hit countries were Brazil, Colombia, and the Philippines, and nearly 40 percent of victims were members of indigenous groups. 

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

Colombia and FARC peace agreement: Fighting inequality starts with a ceasefire

The ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas ends 50 years of conflict and creates an opportunity to make Colombia more safe, just, and equal.

Javier Ciurlizza, New York. 2016. ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Andean Region

El proceso de paz con las FARC en Colombia: del cese al fuego a la lucha contra la desigualdad

El cese al fuego entre el gobierno colombiano y las guerrillas de las FARC crea una oportunidad para aumentar la seguridad y la igualdad. 

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Putting Ford Forward into action

The Ford Foundation's new strategy to support institutions and networks, and to strengthen civil society, ensuring that the courageous people within it have what they need to fight for a more just and equitable world.

Ethan, Fray, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Civic Engagement and Government

How to encourage better and more meaningful political participation in the US

A framework for achieving more meaningful and active voter participation. 

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

A victory for net neutrality: Why the Internet is an essential public utility

Strong net neutrality rules in the US ensure that we will continue to have access to a free and open Internet—one that will remain an engine of free expression, economic growth, and innovation.

Stefan Norgaard

Stefan Norgaard, Stanford University Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy

Why we need to build just and inclusive cities

Just and inclusive cities put people first, and put equity and social justice at the center of policy and design.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Q&A with "Music of Strangers" filmmaker Morgan Neville

JustFilms director Cara Mertes spoke to filmmaker Morgan Neville about his film, The Music of Strangers.

Deborah Wright, Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation

Google’s ban on payday loan ads is important. Here’s what else we need to do

Google’s ban eliminates a major way for payday lenders to entice consumers, but industry and government leaders need to address the underlying reasons why people turn to payday loans in the first place.

Nicole Okai, Communications Associate

What caused the Flint water crisis and what cities everywhere can learn from it

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Lee-Anne Walters, key players in exposing the Flint water crisis, discuss the root causes of the crisis and implications for other cities across America.

Martin, Abregu, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Hilary, Pennington, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

The Return: Talking about the realities of mass incarceration and criminalization in the US

Filmmakers Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, and Kevin Bilal Chatman discuss mass incarceration, and their experiences making the documentary, The Return.

Hilary, Pennington, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Rethinking scholarships as a force for social justice

Unlike traditional scholarships based primarily on academic achievement, social justice fellowships use non-traditional ways to recruit talented individuals and extend higher education opportunities to leaders from marginalized communities.

Frederick, Frelow, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

We need to help struggling students, not push them out of school

New York City school suspensions are down by one third, great news for students, parents, and "restorative justice".

Marla Blow

Marla Blow, Founder and CEO, FS Card Inc.

When financial institutions and tech startups collaborate, low-income consumers win

Tech startups can take risks with new technology, while large incumbent financial institutions have the resources to go to scale, the result can be increased financial inclusion.

Ana Marie, Argilagos, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Advisor, Equitable Development

How can cities challenge inequality and foster inclusive growth

The Ford Foundation and the OECD recently brought together 21 mayors from around the world to discuss what cities can do to tackle inequality and promote inclusive growth.

Minna, Penttila. New York. 2016. Photo credit: Ford Foundation

Minna Penttila, Program Assistant, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Is brown the new white? A conversation about race, politics, and elections in America

America’s racial demographics are changing and there are major implications for elections and the political process.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Why indigenous rights are key to fighting climate change

Indigenous peoples are stewards of their ancestral land, vital to keeping our planet healthy and fighting climate change.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

Por qué los derechos indígenas son fundamentales para combatir el cambio climático

Si bien cada vez se está prestando mayor atención a los derechos indígenas, la mayoría de las personas aún no entienden estas cuestiones y cómo están conectadas con sus propias vidas. Pensé que sería útil explicar los principios básicos en materia de derechos indígenas: qué son, exactamente por qué están siendo amenazadas estas comunidades, y por qué desempeñan un papel fundamental en el abordaje del cambio climático. 

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Behind the Panama Papers: A Q&A with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle

Program Officer Barbara Raab interviews International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle on the Panama Papers.

Deborah Wright, Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation

Let’s start treating our financial health like our physical health

Taking lessons from public health, five ideas that can help Americans improve their financial literacy and wellbeing. 

Steve Phillips, Author, Brown is the New White

Tackling racial wealth inequality in America

Author Steve Phillips offers some bold ideas to address inequality and close America's racial wealth gap

Paul Silva, Strategic Communications Manager

#PopJustice: When pop culture meets social justice

#PopJustice reports show how entertainment and pop culture can advance social change.

David Reiling, CEO, Sunrise Banks

A revolution in small dollar lending

Davis Reiland, CEO of Sunrise Banks on the importance of access to small-dollar lending.

Marc Climaco, New York 2016. ©Ford Foundation

Marc Climaco, Social Media Engagement Strategist

Acclaimed film “Dry” takes on child marriage in Nigeria

Twitter conversation with Nigerian actress and award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Okereke Linus about her film, Dry.

Felipe, Aguero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Felipe Agüero, Former Program Officer

How more accurate census data can shape social justice in Colombia and Peru

Upcoming censuses in Colombia and Peru present opportunities for greater inclusion, for every person to count and be counted.

Felipe, Aguero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Felipe Agüero, Former Program Officer

Cómo una mayor precisión en los datos del censo puede configurar la justicia social en Colombia y Perú

Los próximos censos en Colombia y Perú presentan oportunidades para una mayor inclusión, para que cada persona cuente y sea contada. 

Marc Climaco, New York 2016. ©Ford Foundation

Marc Climaco, Social Media Engagement Strategist

At CSW60, women leaders define what #InequalityIs

We asked the delegates at the UN for the 60th session of the Commission for the Status of Women to tell us what inequality means to them.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Exploring the rise of Misty Copeland in “A Ballerina’s Tale”

An interview with filmmaker Nelson George on his experience documenting Misty Copeland's historic rise to become the world's first black principal dancer at a major international ballet company.

Lawrence Mishel. This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license.

Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute

If we want to improve upward mobility, we must tackle income inequality

Improving upward mobility without addressing income inequality is a dodge, according to Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute.

Lourdes, Rivera, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Rallying outside the Supreme Court to support abortion rights

A group from our Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team traveled to Washington, DC to join a rally with thousands in support of women's reproductive rights.

Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

How can we fight Islamophobia in America?

With increasing xenophobic political rhetoric and brazen incidents of violence against American Muslim, South Asian, and Arab communities, the Ford Foundation hosted a dialogue with leaders to strategize ways to advance inclusion. Here are the highlights from the discussion.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

The work of indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres does not end with her death

Director of Natural Resources and Climate Change David Kaimowitz reflects on the courageous life and work of indigenous rights leader Berta Cáceres

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Are tech companies doing enough to protect customer rights and privacy?

 A Q&A with Internet freedom advocate Rebecca MacKinnon

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A story of southern black women and families living with HIV/AIDS: Q&A with the filmmaker of Wilhemina’s War

An interview with the filmmaker of Wilhemina's War, the story of an African American grandmother living in the rural south and fighting to help her granddaughter survive the health risks and social stigma of living with HIV.

Hank Willis Thomas. 2015-2016. New York. Photo Credit: Peter Hutchens. (c) Ford Foundation LaShawn, Jefferson, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Hank Willis Thomas, Visual artist

LaShawn R. Jefferson, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

What does Black History Month mean in the era of #BlackLivesMatter?

To mark Black History Month, we asked three racial justice advocates to reflect on what it means to commemorate and celebrate black history in a moment when racial justice is at the center of the national conversation.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Following a real-time terrorism sting: Q&A with the filmmakers behind (T)ERROR

Interview with the filmmakers of (T)ERROR on the very real consequences of counter-terrorism surveillance and what we’re willing to sacrifice in the fight against terrorism.

Libby, Wann. New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Elizabeth Wann, Program Assistant, Inclusive Economies

American tipping is rooted in slavery—and it still hurts workers today

While tipping remains a favored practice in the United States, it has created a system of unfair pay that disproportionately affects women and people of color—a system that has roots in America’s ugly history of slavery and racial discrimination.

Michael Brennan. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Technology Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Why the Ford Foundation wants technologists to join the fight for social justice

The Ford Foundation is looking for technologists to join our grant making teams and help them advance social justice and challenge inequality.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Why the Black Panthers still matter today: Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson

Interview with filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his Black Panthers documentary and its relevance to #BlackLivesMatter and racial tensions today.

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

The crisis in Flint is about more than poisoned water

What Flint can learn from a new generation of civic activism and engagement among diverse Detroit communities.

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Vivek, Malhorta, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Vivek Malhotra, Director, Civil and Human Rights

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Our top social justice moments at Sundance

Ford staff recount their most memorable social justice moments from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Lourdes, Rivera, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

43 years after Roe v. Wade, why we (still) need reproductive justice

43 years after Roe v. Wade, reproductive justice is as important as ever, and goes beyond the right to abortion and contraception.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Three business leaders on how capitalism and the 1% can help fight inequality

Paul Polman, Rajiv Joshi, and Martin Whittaker on how capitalism and the 1% can help fight inequality.

Xavier, Briggs, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Markets

At Davos, let’s not have yesterday’s conversation about inequality

As world leaders, CEOs, and intellectuals make their way to Davos for the World Economic Forum, let’s not have yesterday’s conversation about inequality.

Martin Whittaker. 2015-2016. New York. Photo Credit: Peter Hutchens. (c) Ford Foundation

Martin Whittaker, CEO, JUST Capital

How capitalism can be a force for greater good

JUST Capital CEO Martin Whittaker answered five questions about the agenda at Davos and the role of business in building a more fair and equitable world.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Announcing the launch of #InequalityIs

Darren Walker announces the launch of #InequalityIs, a conversation about inequality in all its forms.

Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Laine, Romero-Alston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A social justice State of the Union

Foundation staff weigh in on Obama's final State of the Union, and  his takes on criminal justice reform, raising the minimum wage, climate change, discrimination, and inequality

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Michelle Alexander on racial justice, mass incarceration and Black Lives Matter

Michelle Alexander speaks candidly to Ford Foundation staff about the state of racial justice in America.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

In The New Yorker

The New Yorker profiles Darren Walker and his leadership in rethinking philanthropy and defining a new strategy to combat inequality.

Ekanem, Williams, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

What it will take to end child marriage in Southern Africa

Forty percent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before they turn 18.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Transforming a landmark into a center for social justice

We're transforming our landmark building into a center for philanthropy and civil society.

Heather McGhee, President, Demos

Toward a new understanding of “we the people”

Demos President Heather McGhee asks whether it is enough to bend the arc of justice, or if it needs to break.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Celebrating five years of JustFilms

Cara Mertes reflects on 5 years of JustFilms, and looks ahead to the next phase of immersive storytelling.

Farhana Khera, President and Executive Director, Muslim Advocates

Together, we'll bend the arc of justice

Farhana Khera, President of Muslim Advocates, discusses the need to build coalitions with other movements to bend the arc of justice.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Chinese NGOs name Ford among top donor partners

Ford Foundation awarded the Kumquat Prize by Chinese NGOs.

Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

Nicolette, Naylor, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Southern Africa

Storytellers are change makers

 If we’re going to speak about the power of storytelling then I guess I should tell a story—or rather, my story.

Michael Brennan. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Technology Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Can computers be racist? Big data, inequality, and discrimination

Studies show big data can lead to racial bias, algorithms develop prejudices.

Celebrating global diversity

Author and activist Cida Bento has been named one of the top "diversity figures in public life" by The Economist.

Margaret, Rugadya, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Landesa wins 2015 Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Landesa honored with Hilton Humanitarian Prize for "extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering"

Moushira, Elgeziri, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Clarisa, Bencomo, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

, Program Officer

Just cities are built on collaboration

How can lessons from gentrification around the world inspire change in Egypt?

Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Internet Freedom

A digital culture shift

Digital technologies present critical challenges to equity, opportunity, and security—activists and advocates must make technology a cornerstone of their work.

Martin, Abregu, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Xavier, Briggs, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Hilary, Pennington, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Markets

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Answering your questions about FordForward

With the announcement of our new programs, we know many of you have questions. We answer some of them here.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Moving the Ford Foundation Forward

Today, the Ford Foundation’s two-year transition is over. Darren Walker explains the details of FordForward.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Chatting about inequality on Facebook

Ford's president takes question on a live facebook chat.

Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Internet Freedom

In prisons, "phone justice" matters

FCC votes to cap the rates and fees that companies charge for phone service in prisons and jails.

Jee, Kim, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Strengthening democracy, one step at a time

A new tool from the Foundation Center—"Foundations Funding US Democracy—allows funders and civil society organizations to align, collaborate, and coordinate better.

Alexander, Irwan, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer

How Jakarta's inclusive urban plan will transform a neighborhood

Grantee works with government to ensure residents of low-income communities are empowered to participate in the planning of residential areas.

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

With its global reach, Good Pitch is transforming filmmaking

Good Pitch makes the filmmaking community stronger and builds a broader capacity for collaboration.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

The extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs

Remembering the extraordinary Grace Lee Boggs.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Toward a new gospel of wealth

In his annual message, Darren Walker explains why now is the time for philanthropy to reimagine the "gospel of giving."

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Fed Up makes inroads against interest rate hikes

The foundation-supported Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up campaign educates the Fed and the public at large on racial and economic disparities.

Kirsten, Levingston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kirsten D. Levingston, Former Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Mass contrition, not incarceration

The pope’s visit to a Philadelphia prison puts a spotlight on the immorality of our justice system and the urgent need for reform.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Financial aid just got easier for millions of students

President Obama announced a major improvement to the federal student aid application process, making it easier for students to tap into needed Pell Grants and other college aid. 

Mayra, Peters-Quintero, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

We remember you, Sara Rios

We remember her as an advocate, lawyer and funder who took up tough battles for justice and fought tirelessly for the most marginalized.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

National Arts and Humanities Medalists: Transforming culture

Celebrating the transformative work of the National Arts and Humanities Medalists.

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Protecting Turkana's resources for future generations

Ford partners are working with local communities, the private sector, and government to help residents secure rights over natural resources in the Turkana Basin.

Anthony D. Romero. This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license.

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU

A walk down freedom street: A tribute to Lynn Walker Huntley

Remembering Lynn Walker Huntley, a champion of civil rights and esteemed member of the Ford Foundation family.

Kirsten, Levingston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kirsten D. Levingston, Former Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

History was his story: A remembrance of Julian Bond

Program officer Kirsten Levingston remembers Julian Bond as a professor and mentor, on a mission seeking racial justice in America.

Jerry, Maldonado, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Equitable Development

10 years after Katrina, rebuilding the promise of New Orleans

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Ford Foundation reflects on the progress and philanthropy's investment in New Orleans and the work ahead.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

A tribute to Julian Bond

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, pays tribute to civil rights leader Julian Bond.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Connecting the dots on voting rights and education

Education and voting are fundamental rights, and they’re also essential opportunities. So when a federal appeals panel ruled against a strict voter ID law in Texas this week—deeming it discriminatory and in violation of the Voting Rights Act—it was an encouraging sign. It was also evidence that there’s still a serious need for our 50-year-old civil rights law. And that disenfranchisement doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Opportunity and dignity for incarcerated Americans

People incarcerated in federal and state prisons will be eligible to receive federal aid to take the college courses that will prepare them to be thoughtful, responsible, engaged members of their communities—and help keep them from returning to prison.

Holly Fetter. Photo Credit: Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service.

Holly Fetter, Stanford University Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy

The new student power

Our support for the student power model and its movements is an investment in the future of social change.

Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A rare opportunity for criminal justice

There is genuine momentum to examine justice issues and bipartisan interest in reassessing corrections at both the state and federal level.

Louis, Bickford, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Where global meets local: Realizing human rights on the ground

Supporting INGOs that are based in the Global South, the Ford Foundation can contribute further to the realization of rights.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Why we need strong social justice institutions—and how to build them

Supporting institutions at their core, through critical general support, is the key to building durable, resilient institutions that can take on inequality and advance justice.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Five lessons for July 4

As we celebrate Independence Day, we reflect on the lessons about working for freedom and justice over the past months.

Aurelio, Vianna, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer

Major Breakthrough for the Babasu Coconut Breakers

State Secretary for Family Farmers created in Maranhão to support and invest in rural communities, especially babassu coconut breakers

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

With marriage equality, affirming our shared humanity

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This landmark decision establishes the right to marry for over 1,000,000 same-sex couples in the US.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

What's next for the Ford Foundation?

We are making some big changes—but what will never change is our commitment to supporting those closest to the problems, engaging collaboratively with every sector, and pursuing the cause of justice and dignity for all people.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

The bridges we cross

Darren addresses three graduating classes at three commencement ceremonies.

Laila, Hourani, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Revealing the magic of Arab film making

Written and directed by Ely Dagher, Waves '98 is first Lebanese film to win Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

A more inclusive approach to grant making

Peer-review grant making provides philanthropy with an innovative way to challenge the donor-grantee power dynamic.

Frank, DeGiovanni, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Frank DeGiovanni, Senior Advisor

Creating lasting progress for the poorest of the poor

Through concerted, sustained, and multi-pronged programs that empower individuals and open opportunity, it is possible to significantly improve the lives of the poorest people in a number of meaningful ways.

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

In rural Kenya, access to information is power

"Radio listening groups" and digital resource centers throughout rural Kenya empower women.

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

"They fear us because we are fearless"

The best thing about Berta Cáceres receiving the Goldman Environmental Prize, and being recognized internationally for her grassroots efforts to protect the environment, is that it means she is still alive.

Innocent, Chukwuma, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, West Africa

From Nigeria's election, lessons for strengthening democracy

Lessons learned from Nigeria's election.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

How women's self-help groups are transforming rural India

An example of true leadership development and community building.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Let's match our reverence with resolve

Darren Walker shares his reflections from the celebration in Selma.

Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Charlene Caronan, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Charlene Caronan, Events Producer

What we saw in Selma

A group from Ford traveled to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

CITIZENFOUR: Filmmaking as an act of justice

JustFilms director, Cara Mertes, shares how CITIZENFOUR is an example of how filmmaking can be an act of justice.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

A critical cause, an unlikely coalition

Unlikely partners come together to support the formation of the Coalition for Public Safety, created to reform the criminal justice system.

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Betty Yu, NetGain Blogger

At NetGain, working together for an open Internet

On February 11, the presidents of the Open Society Foundations and the Knight, MacArthur, Mozilla, and Ford foundations came together with leading figures from government, philanthropy, business, and the tech world to launch a major new partnership, explore shared principles, and get ambitious about the next generation of innovation for social change and progress.

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Cracking the gender code

Program officer Barbara Raab recaps the the successes of the event Cracking the Code: Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs.

Amy, Brown, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

One bank, two customers, two very different stories

Program officer Amy Brown offers her reflections on a form of financial injustice faced by so many Americans.

Anna, Wadia, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

How paid leave policies can help break the cycle of inequality

Read program officer Anna Shireen Wadia's reflections on how paid leave policies can help break the cycle of inequality.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Roberta, Uno, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Senior Program Officer

An evening with Kumu Hina

This event demonstrated how arts and culture, including film, dance, and music serve as a central means of self-expression and political activism for LGBT people of color.

Mario, Bronfman, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Mario Bronfman, Former Regional Representative

Cuba's next generation of progress

Mario Bronfman, former representative of the Mexico and Central America office, reflects on the foundation's commitment to Cuba.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

A new testament of hope

Darren Walker offers his reflections: in light of the 2014 shootings of young black men, there is still hope.

Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A pivotal moment for racial justice

Program office Eric Ward explains why now is a pivotal moment for racial justice.

Louis, Bickford, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

An emerging architecture for the international human rights movement

Program officer Louis Bickford deliberates the complex nature of the international human rights movement.

Jean, Ross, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

The State Priorities Partnership: Celebrating 20 years of impact

Program officer Jean Ross celebrates 20 years of impact made by the State Priorities Partnership (SPP).

Myriam, Montalvo-Mendez, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Myriam Méndez-Montalvo, Former Regional Representative

Power and participation for Colombia's indigenous communities

Colombia's indigenous communities finally have the autonomy to govern themselves and manage resources at the local level.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Work in Detroit doesn't end with Grand Bargain

Learn about Ford's commitment to Detroit.

Kirsten, Levingston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kirsten D. Levingston, Former Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Rethinking safety, crime, and victimization

How can we rethink safety, crime, and victimization so resources can be redirected to structures that support individuals, families, and communities instead of trapping them?

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

The hidden costs of being LGBT, a groundbreaking filmmaker, and more...

The Weekly Five: The hidden costs of being LGBT, a groundbreaking filmmaker, and more...

Frank, DeGiovanni, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Frank DeGiovanni, Senior Advisor

Good business in a global world

Frank DeGiovanni, Director at the foundation discusses how we do good business in a global world.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A genuine global climate movement, diversity in the suburbs, and more...

The Weekly Five: A genuine global climate movement, diversity in the suburbs, and more...

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Mark Surman. This image is not available under the 4.0 Creative Commons license.

, President

Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

Launching the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program

All voices should be heard, that's why in partnership with Mozilla, Ford launched the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Introducing the Ford Forum

The Ford Forum presents conversations with change makers about their ideas for reshaping our fundamental systems for greater good.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Why MacArthur Fellowships matter

Learn more about the four social justice leaders who received the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

The most diverse apartment building in America and more...

The Weekly Five: The most diverse apartment building in America and more...

Amy, Brown, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Student debt and social justice: Five things you should know

Program officer Amy Brown shares five things you should know about student debt and social justice.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Philanthropy, open for improvement

Fund for Shared Insight is a collaborative effort to make grants to improve philanthropy.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Taking stock, looking ahead

Darren Walker reflects on his first twelve months as president of the Ford Foundation, and provides his thoughts for the future of the organization.

Jonathan, Barzilay, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Jonathan Barzilay, Former Director

Supporting journalism, protecting journalists

Reflections from program officer Jonathan Barzilay on protecting journalism and journalists.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Michael Brown's college, restaurant workers below the poverty line, and more...

The Weekly Five: Michael Brown's college, restaurant workers below the poverty line, and more...

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A "climate swerve," Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer, and more...

The Weekly Five: A "climate swerve," Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer, and more...

Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Following Ferguson

Program Officer Eric Ward shares articles and resources from the Ferguson protests.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

My summer reads

President Darren Walker shares his 2014 summer reading list.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Photos from Ferguson, John Oliver's genius and more...

The Weekly Five: Photos from Ferguson, John Oliver's genius and more...

Myriam, Montalvo-Mendez, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Myriam Méndez-Montalvo, Former Regional Representative

Consulta previa: A defining issue for Latin America

Consulta previa--the right of indigenous groups to be consulted on matters that affect them is a very important issue for Latin America.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Mainstreaming the inequality convo, transforming Mexico City, and more...

The Weekly Five: Mainstreaming the inequality convo, transforming Mexico City, and more...

David, Kaimowitz, New York, 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change

What do forest rights have to do with climate change?

Deforestation is a major cause of global warming, and so we all have a stake in helping indigenous communities defend their resources.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Understanding trans rights, lessons in migration from Ecuador and more...

The Weekly Five: Understanding trans rights, lessons in migration from Ecuador and more...

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Unaccompanied minors, solving poverty and more...

The Weekly Five: Unaccompanied minors, solving poverty, and more...

Anna, Wadia, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

At the White House summit, a commitment to working families

The federal government recognizes the importance of workplace flexibility, decent wage, and improved policies for working families.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Mapping HIV, urban design for safer cities and more...

The Weekly Five: Mapping HIV, urban design for safer cities and more...

Jee, Kim, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Behind the curtain: One theory of social change

Read one program officer's process of trying to articulate his work's theory of change.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

How I learned to love crowdsourcing

Learn how and why Ford used crowdsourcing to help frame its new website.

Amy, Kenyon, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

The Green Line: connecting people to opportunity beyond the rail

The Green Line didn't just connect the downtowns of the Twin Cities, it built significant opportunities within the communities.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

The geography of innovation, surveillance meets networks, and more...

The Weekly Five: The geography of innovation, surveillance meets networks, and more...

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

How prison education can transform lives and renew communities

Prison education can have a transformative affect on incarcerated people.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A case for reparations, tech use around the world and more...

The Weekly Five: A case for reparations, tech use around the world, and more...

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Poverty in America: Telling the story

Contrary to popular belief, telling personal stories about living in poverty can be captivating, and Talkpoverty.org is doing just that. Read about Amy's story.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Inequality in higher ed, fast food workers, and more...

The Weekly Five: Inequality in higher ed, fast food workers, and more...

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Philanthropy in a complex world

Read Darren Walker's response to a series of articles found in the Standford Social Innovation Review where the authors argue that foundations can employ a more nuanced model of strategic giving that better suits the complexities of making change in the real world.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Online discrimination, mapping poverty, and more...

The Weekly Five: Online discrimination, mapping poverty, and more...

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

As the climate changes, we are all "living dangerously"

In anticipation of Showtime's premier of The Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series supported by the foundation, Steve Rhee, who works on community rights over natural resources and climate change from our office in Jakarta, discusses the human impact of climate change.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Tackling mass incarceration, transgender rights, and more...

The Weekly Five: Tackling mass incarceration, transgender rights, and more...

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

The Bard Prison Initiative: Bringing hope to a broken system

Learn how Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, is trying to fix a broken prison system.

Frank, DeGiovanni, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Frank DeGiovanni, Senior Advisor

Reaching very poor families: A promising approach

Learn about the Graduation approach, planned interventions that lift people from extreme poverty to sustainable livelihoods.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Designing better cities, privacy as luxury and more...

The Weekly Five: Designing better cities, privacy as luxury, and more...

Amy, Brown, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

From refund to savings

A recent experiment led by Refund to Savings (R2S) showed that savings prompts on tax prep software helped increase the number of people who saved money and the amount they saved.

Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Internet Freedom

Our future's Internet, strengthened today

For many of us, the Internet is inextricable from almost every moment of our lives—connecting us to work, family, friends and a wealth of ideas. But many still lack that crucial connection and the opportunities that come with it.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A shocking crime, a complicated aftermath

Valentine Road explores the murder of a teenager who had begun exploring his gender identity and reveals the circumstances that led to a shocking crime, as well as its complicated aftermath.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Low-income housing, press freedom and more...

The Weekly Five: Low-income housing, press freedom, customizable options for gender identification on facebook and more...