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The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of Michele Moore as vice president of Global Communications.

In The Headlines
BUILD Director Kathy Reich encourages donors to make larger, flexible, and longer-term grants to achieve impact and build better relationships with grantee partners.
Ford Forum

A bold vision for philanthropy in the 21st century is needed—one that moves giving from generosity to justice.

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The fellowship is a new Ford Foundation program that aims to identify and connect emerging leaders from across the globe who are advancing innovative ideas and solutions to combat inequality.

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We are deeply saddened by the death of Marca Bristo, a legendary disability rights advocate and a grantee of the foundation.

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Several scams in the form of email, phone, and text and social media message solicitations claiming to be from or associated with the Ford Foundation and/or Darren Walker are circulating.

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The Ford Foundation Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Utopian Imagination on Tuesday, September 17, with an opening event from 6:00 - 8:00 pm that evening.

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The Ford Foundation Gallery’s second exhibition in the “Utopian Imagination” trilogy, titled Radical Love, features 23 artists whose artwork responds to the previous exhibition, Perilous Bodies, by offering love as the answer to a world in peril. The works are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered.

In The Headlines
Darren Walker encourages art museums and other institutions to step into the future by diversifying their leadership.
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Foundations join together in commitment to ensure the photo archive of Johnson Publishing from Ebony and Jet Magazines is preserved so that future generations will be able to view and understand this epoch in time from the African American perspective.

In The Headlines
In this New York Times profile feature, president Darren Walker articulates his vision for what is broken in philanthropy and the powerful steps Ford is now taking to guide a meaningful transformation from generosity to justice. The article captures how Walker is using his uncanny knack for connecting people to reimagine who has a seat at the table - and ultimately, a voice in the room.  
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A nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor, and political issues affecting working people, Gupta will lead the dedicated Future of Work(ers) team that is actively shaping a future of work that puts workers and their well-being at the center.

In The Headlines

In Inside Philanthropy, Executive Vice President for Programs Hilary Pennington offers recommendations to improve the ways funder collaboratives engage with grantees.

In The Headlines

In this Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed, Bess Rothenberg, Senior director of strategy and learning, argues that our (confirmation) biases in social justice work may be keeping us from unlocking the outcomes we want. She writes that our convictions about what should happen are often so strong that they prevent us from planning for what actually does happen. Using recent examples including current events in Sudan, the piece offers several lessons for how grant makers can challenge their assumptions and get better outcomes for their work.

In The Headlines

In Chronicle of Philanthropy's profile on leaders of color, vice president for talent and human resources Diane Samuels speaks about her experience as a leader of color in philanthropy, and shares advice for young people entering the workforce.

In The Headlines

In this New York Times Op-Ed, our program officer Chi-hui Yang and Elizabeth Méndez Berry of Nathan Cummings Foundation argue that we have a dangerous blind spot in our national conversation about culture.

In The Headlines

In this LA Times piece, GREJ Director Tanya Coke offers commentary on the importance of Ford Foundation trustee and grantee Bryan Stevenson's work over the years to reimagine the criminal justice system in the U.S.

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The Ford Foundation trustees elected to the board accomplished leaders Marca Bristo, CEO of Access Living, and Gbenga Oyebode, chairman of the Nigerian law firm Aluko & Oyebode.

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The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of Diane Samuels as vice president for Talent and Human Resources

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The Ford Foundation Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Radical Love on Tuesday, June 11, with an opening event from 6:00 - 8:00 pm that evening.

In The Headlines

The Ford Foundation announced the opening of its new art gallery, a major new public feature of the renovated Center for Social Justice that will explore multidisciplinary art, performance, and public programming by artists committed to exploring issues of justice and injustice. Below is a collection of select media coverage about the gallery opening.

In The Headlines

The Ford Foundation Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Perilous Bodies, features 19 artists whose artwork explores the inhumanity and injustice created by divisions of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. Below is a collection of select critical reviews about this exhibition.

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The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of Nishka Chandrasoma as its next vice president, secretary, and general counsel of the foundation.

In The Headlines

For too long, philanthropy has operated under the premise that disability is a worthy cause, but not ours, write Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Rich Besser. But relegating disability-related issues to a niche grant-making area or, worse, ignoring people with disabilities completely is no longer acceptable.

In The Headlines

Cara Mertes discusses how the Ford Foundation's JustFilms initiative tackles the challenges of nonfiction storytelling, and helps create narratives that transform perceptions and change history.

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Twenty-one colleges and universities, with the support of the Ford Foundation, New America, and the Hewlett Foundation, today announced the creation of the Public Interest Technology University Network. The Network is dedicated to defining and building the nascent field of public interest technology, as well as growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists and digitally fluent policy leaders.

Learning reflections

In 2010, the Ford Foundation became increasingly concerned that too many people—especially historically marginalized communities—were not able to access or benefit from the internet and digital communications technologies.

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The Ford Foundation today announced the election of Henry Ford III to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees, marking the first time in more than 40 years that a member of the Ford family will occupy a board seat. Mr. Ford is the great-grandson of Edsel Ford, who created the Ford Foundation in 1936.

In The Headlines

In this Reuters piece, JustFilms Director Cara Mertes offers commentary on the importance of telling powerful—and diverse—stories to change discourse in the United States. 

In The Headlines

In this op-ed, Hilary Pennington, the foundation's executive vice president for program, and Kathy Reich, director of our BUILD program, argue that funders should do a better job of listening to grantees—and recount some of Ford's recent efforts and insights in this area.

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The current NYC commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development will bring deep expertise and management experience to the foundation's fight against inequality.

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The Ford Foundation Gallery Is a Major New Public Feature of the Renovated Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

In The Headlines

In a feature from Nonprofit Quarterly, Jeanne Bell and Ruth McCambridge explore the changing role and effectiveness of philanthropy through the lens of Ford Foundation's flagship BUILD program:

"We have found in examining this program that it has had some extraordinary effects on grantees and potentially on America's future..."

In The Headlines

Ford Foundation technology fellow and political scientist Wilneida Negron writes about her career trajectory as a coder and a social justice advocate for Fast Company's "World Changing Ideas" series. She reflects on the tech industry’s fast-moving, top-down approach, and its social divisions, calling for technologists and tech giants to work toward a more just and fair technological world. 

In The Headlines

As we prepare to open our doors to our partners and the public, we are pleased to share highlights of press coverage of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. These views into our beautiful, renewed home underscore how we’ve made the space more accessible, sustainable, and primed to advance the foundation’s mission.

In The Headlines

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Darren Walker surveys the rapidly shifting global order and the role philanthropy has played in creating it—and how the sector can contribute to a more just and sustainable order.

Equals Change Blog
By Public Interest Tech Community
News

Chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems, Robbins brings deep knowledge and experience at the intersection of business, finance, and technology.

In The Headlines

This week, in partnership with Princess Mabel van Oranje (chair of Girls not Brides), the Ford Foundation helped launch a creative new solution to the crisis of child marriage - VOW. Through products, experiences and wedding registries, VOW empowers couples, companies, the media and the public to become partners in creating a world without child marriage.

In The Headlines

While being lauded for setting an ambitious target on a land reform program, the government has also been criticized for denying thousands of claims on land that when combined, matches Jakarta in size.

This article appears behind the Jakarta Post’s paywall

In The Headlines

Over 1,000 world leaders and representatives of civil society organizations flocked to Bandung, Indonesia to address rampant agrarian conflicts and land grabs in many countries.

This article appears behind the Jakarta Post’s paywall

Equals Change Blog
By Aurélio Vianna Jr.
In The Headlines

Land issues can never be separated from Indigenous Peoples. In fact, one of Ford Foundation’s core strategies to combat inequality is dedicated to Natural Resources and Climate Change.

This article appears behind the Jakarta Post’s paywall

In The Headlines

Ahead of this week's Global Climate Action Summit, 18 foundation leaders have stepped up in support of forests, rights, and lands for climate. In his essay on Trust.org, Darren Walker explains why this matters.

In The Headlines

A new field of "public interest technology" is emerging, and it's reimagining the landscape of technology to serve the greater welfare of society.

In The Headlines

Every decade since 1790, the government has counted the American population, as required by the Constitution. While it took the 14th Amendment to ensure that all people were counted equally, the census has nonetheless performed an essential role in maintaining and improving our democracy.

News

At the Ford Foundation, we believe in providing space free from harassment and discrimination, and in being and supporting a community that reflects diversity, equity, and inclusion.

New Grantmakers
Program Officer, China
In The Headlines

Darren Walker: The Declaration of Independence we celebrate on July 4 was not merely the expression of one’s right to protest—it was the exercise of that right.

In a blog post from the Grantmakers for Effective Organization’s (GEO) conference, Kathy Reich, Director of BUILD, maps out a vision for philanthropy for the next 20 years. Reich counts racial equity, collaboration with other funders, flexibility, and learning among the top practices critical to reaching philanthropic goals.

In The Headlines

In this USA Today op-ed, senior program officer and acting director Tanya Coke highlights the importance of the criminal justice movement including the voices of crime victims, in particular people of color who are at particular risk.
 

In The Headlines

Since the publication of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted, Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond has been mining court records across the United States to build a database of millions of evictions.

News

In honor of the late Marielle Franco, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Ibirapitanga Institute are partnering to foster and support black women who aspire to political leadership in Brazil.

News

Doação de US$ 10 milhões pretende incentivar a presença e protagonismo de mulheres negras na política brasileira

 

In The Headlines

On this episode of 1A, an NPR broadcast show, Darren Walker speaks with Joshua Johnson about Ford’s philanthropic vision and examples of Ford's work including monuments and historical markers, criminal justice reform and inequality in America.

In The Headlines

Vox reports that on issues like guns, immigration, health care, and climate change, Americans are putting pressure on businesses to act when they believe government will not.

In The Headlines

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. 

News

Timed to the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report, the Ford Foundation conducted a study focused on the perceptions about the coverage of race in the media. 

In The Headlines

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 -- including our $1 billion commitment to impact investing.

In The Headlines

This op-ed originally appeared in El Tiempo on February 2, 2018. The following version has been translated from the Spanish.

In The Headlines

Susan Berresford, who served as president of the Ford Foundation from 1996-2007 and launched the International Fellowships Program (IFP) under her tenure, reflects on lessons learned from the program.

In The Headlines

Inside Philanthropy features an interview with Hilary Pennington on her leadership at the Ford Foundation and the biggest issues facing civil society. 

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Pennington will oversee all of the foundation’s programs in the US and globally.

New Grantmakers
Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression
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Swan will lead a dedicated team managing the portfolio announced in April, when Ford committed to invest $1 billion over the next ten years in mission-related investments (MRIs).

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The Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative will support creative solutions to diversify curatorial and management staff at art museums across the United States.

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In the coming decades, a transformational wave of foreseeable demographic changes will create a new American tapestry. Social, economic, and technological changes will reshape the domestic and global economy, and the nation’s fiscal condition will face increasing challenges.

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In an appearance on Charlie Rose, a look at trends in philanthropic giving

News

Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Ford Foundation Announce Efforts to Help Puerto Rico Rebound and Rebuild.

Equals Change Blog
By Ryan Gerety
In The Headlines

In this Times Picayune op-ed, Darren Walker highlights the role of innovative partnerships in New Orleans's recovery.

In The Headlines

In the linkage between inequality and climate change, questions of land tenure are key.

News

We welcome your interest in the Ford Foundation's work.

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More than $1.5 million in Art of Change fellowships will propel creative work focused on freedom and justice.

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The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of disability and civil rights advocate Judith E. Heumann as a senior fellow.

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On the heels of its recent $1 billion commitment to mission-related investments, the foundation partners with the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, a newly launched field-building organization that will focus on advancing the movement to use capital for social good.

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A well-established advocate for women, immigrants, and low-wage workers, Poo is currently the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations.

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In partnership with the Ford Foundation, the national fund will support organizations addressing mass incarceration across the United States.

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Detroit’s effort to focus targeted, strategic reinvestment in city neighborhoods has received a significant boost from support awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

In The Headlines

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.

News

The Ford Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit released a new report considering Colombia’s challenges in the context of other countries that have emerged from internal conflict, to identify effective strategies and highlight potential pitfalls to be avoided in building a peaceful, inclusive economy.

Darren Walker discusses how jails like Rikers Island perpetuate inequality and injustice and embody the broken criminal justice system in America.

Program Officer, Eastern Africa
News

Xavier de Souza Briggs, the foundation’s vice president for Economic Opportunity and Markets, talked to Bloomberg’s Lenora Suki about our commitment to mission-related investments.

In The Headlines

Announced on Monday, this year's Pulitzer winners included Ford Foundation grantees in several categories. 

News

The Ford Foundation today announced it 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.

In The Headlines

Various media outlets cover the Ford Foundation's commitment of $1 billion of our endowment toward mission-related investments.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

Speeches

Darren Walker delivers the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.

Equals Change Blog
By Christopher Dekki, Maruxa Cardama, Felix Dodds and James Goldstein
Learning reflections

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

News

A renowned public interest lawyer, Stevenson is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama.

In The Headlines

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.

Speeches

The event at Joe's Pub in New York City was also a celebration of Blackside, Inc. and the thirtieth anniversary of a seminal documentary series called Eyes on the Prize.

In The Headlines

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker is one of 170 new inductees into Fast Company's Most Creative People list.

In The Headlines

WNYC interviewed award-winning poet and director of Creativity and Free Expression Elizabeth Alexander on the importance of art to the Obama administration.

In The Headlines

in this Town & Country op-ed, Darren talks about Princess Mabel of the Netherlands and her quest to end child marriage.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

Equals Change Blog
By David Kaimowitz, Graham Macmillan and Penny Davies
In The Headlines

NY1's Budd Mishkin profiles Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his journey from humble beginnings to his role as a leader in philanthropy.

Speeches

Darren Walker delivers remarks at the OECD in Paris, France.

In The Headlines

The lab, which has 12 residents, is a partnership between CFC Media Lab, NFB, and JustFilms | Ford Foundation. 

Speeches

On October 24, 2016, the Studio Museum in Harlem honored the Ford Foundation at their annual gala.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

Equals Change Blog
By Gavin Silber, Lwazi Mtshiyo and Hopolang Selebalo
News

Ahead of the United Nations Habitat III conference on urban development in Quito next week, the Ford Foundation hosted a press briefing on what’s at stake.

In The Headlines

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. 

Equals Change Blog
By Julio Berdegué, Felicity Proctor, Javier Ciurlizza, Mia Deschamps, Michael Cohen and Lena Simet
News

As we undertake an exciting renovation and restoration project on our landmark building in New York City, we have relocated to temporary offices at 1440 Broadway.

News

Nine-day residency to explore immersive VR storytelling with 12 diverse creators from Canada and the US.

In The Headlines

Javier Ciurlizza, representative for the Ford Foundation's work in the Andean Region, spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the rejection of a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. 

Speeches

Darren Walker delivers an introduction to kick off a lecture on the need for artists and nonartists alike to engage more fully with the power of artistic expression in the instigation of social change.

In The Headlines

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. 

In The Headlines

Scholarships need to do much more to reduce the growing inequality in higher education. 

In The Headlines

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 The Headlines

In this op-ed, Hilary Pennington discusses the promise of higher education, and the role of scholarships in combating inequality.

News

The foundation’s work in Brazil aims to address inequality in all its forms, including economic, political, and social inequalities. With decades of experience in civil society in both Brazil and abroad, Roque carries legitimacy and authority to lead the Ford Foundation in Brazil.

In The Headlines

Darren Walker speaks with The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart about using privilege to fight inequality and his vision for the Ford Foundation. 

Equals Change Blog
By Crysta Jentile and Michelle Lawrence
In The Headlines

Tanya Coke published a column in USA Today discussing her opposition to the death penalty for its role in offering punishment rather than healing for survivors of violent crime. 

In The Headlines

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. 

News

We’re seeking a smart partner to help us identify criteria and make recommendations for which states in the US would be good places to focus our funding efforts.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.

In The Headlines

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.