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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.

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.

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

New York, USA

Application deadline: Open until filled

Darren Walker accepts an award from WOLA on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

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

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

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

New Delhi, India

Application deadline: 3 November 2017

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

New Delhi, India

Application deadline: 3 November 2017

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.

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.

Beijing, China

Application deadline: 28 September 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

NPR examines the Bard Prison Initiative, which pairs graduates with employers to give them yearlong professional positions, and the Ford Foundation's participation in the program.

The Washington Post covers Darren Walker's lecture at the Kennedy Center, and Arts Advocacy Day sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Opinion pieces highlighting the importance of arts funding are also featured in the Hill and the Houston Chronicle.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

In a special program about the American dream, Diane Sawyer chronicles the new reality of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever but struggling to stay in the middle class.

The Ford Foundation's Hilary Pennington and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Fay Twersky discuss how the feedback movement helps nonprofits build better, more effective programs.

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 25th year that the Greater Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has hosted the National Philanthropy Day awards, honoring top volunteers, donors, and funders.

Eric Doppstadt talks about his 27 years at the foundation and the value of long-term investing in ensuring it can continue working toward social justice.

Watch the discussion from the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, moderated by Dina Habib Powell, head of impact investing at Goldman Sachs, and president, Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Watch the video about how technology is changing the way philanthropy tackles the world's issues and how the Ford Foundation is working with technologists to advance social change.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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. 

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.

Nonprofit Quarterly examines how issues of inequality disproportionately affect communities of color and how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help alleviate these issues and empower communities. 

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

As part of a commemorative Washington Post issue on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, director of Creativity and Free Expression Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the stories, and story, of a people.

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

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.

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

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 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. 

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 a conversation with Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer, Darren Walker explains how the 2016 Olympics have brought millions of dollars of investment to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but these benefits have not reached the country's most overlooked populations.

Co.exist takes a look at #ReasonsForHope, a campaign led by 39 philanthropies that encourages Americans to fight despair and work together to create more dignity, justice, and equality.

The Washington Post breaks down funding for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens next month. Since 2006, Ford has made several contributions to the museum—the largest for galleries focused on African American life after the civil rights movement.

In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Chris Cardona examines how funders can choose partner organizations that better reflect inclusion and the communities their grants serve.

Darren Walker delivers remarks at the opening of the Global Village at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

In this Houston Chronicle op-ed, Darren Walker sees hope and progress amid fear and tragedy.

In this New York Times piece, Nicholas Kristof quotes Ford Foundation president Darren Walker on finding optimism in the face of systemic racism.

With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Sulzberger brings a valuable perspective to the foundation’s board at a time of visionary change.

In this New York Times op-ed, Darren Walker talks about the inequality inherent in the current internship system and proposes a way forward.

Southern Africa regional director Nicolette Naylor compares the horror of the Orlando massacre with the reality faced by LGBTI people across the African continent every day.

In this Time magazine article, Darren Walker discusses the origins of philanthropy and its obligation to create a more equal and just system.

In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Hilary Pennington proposes that the nonprofit sector create new models for recognizing individual leaders without compromising the collective efforts, movements, and environment of inclusion that they are trying to build.

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker reflects on the mass shooting in Orlando and applauds solidarity between LGBT and American Muslim communities.

Darren Walker joins host Charlie Herman on WNYC's Money Talking to discuss the increasing financial challenges New York artists face and the risk of losing people vital to the city's cultural fabric.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others brainstormed at the Decentralized Web Summit, a conference exploring solutions to vexing next generation internet challenges.

GeekWire spoke with Ford Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Berners-Lee and filmmaker Jessica Yu about the documentary film, The film explores the creation of the web, and Mr. Berners-Lee's greatest fear for its future.

The Pulitzer Prize Board elected Alexander to a three-year term. The 19-member board chooses the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, books, drama and music each April.

The rule is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to embrace those values within their own organizations—even if doing so is challenging.

As director, he will advance Ford’s work in addressing inequality to pave the way for economic opportunity and inclusive growth.

Foundations plan to commit nearly $125 million to support health, education, and economic development.

The federal Social Innovation Fund has announced new grants to help develop Pay for Success projects across the nation.

Reich will guide the foundation’s BUILD efforts in the United States and across its 10 global offices to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the sustainability, vitality, and effectiveness of organizations and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements.

Awarded a fellowship by the Ford Foundation, Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray pursued a doctorate in law at Yale in order to further her scholarly work on gender and racial justice.

As one of Time's most influential people, Darren is changing the language of philanthropy, from “them” and “they” to “us” and “we.” 

Through the Flex Fund, the three foundations will provide second-stage funding for joint projects by social entrepreneurs and filmmakers.

The Financial Times explores the career trajectory of the foundation's president, and why a simple coffee mug is one of his favorite mementos.

Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz talks to Darren about how the foundation is addressing the drivers of inequality.


“They fear us because we are fearless.” - Berta Cáceres

Network of foundations issues call to action for all U.S. philanthropic institutions to adopt fair chance hiring measures.

Director, Strategy and Learning

Paul Polman and Martin Whittaker are highlighted as CEOs tackling inequality.

The two-year partnership will raise global awareness on social justice at the Doc Corner in Cannes.

Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America.

The foundation’s president spoke to graduates at Hunter’s winter commencement ceremony

Director, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Our technology program officer earned a place on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of influential change makers.

Rothenberg will lead new division, which reflects the foundation’s commitment to continuous learning as it refines its approach to challenging inequality in all its forms.

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s “disruptive optimism” will spur solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.

Program Investment Officer, Inclusive Economies

In this op-ed, Darren considers the origins of modern philanthropy and how we can rethink the traditional “gospel of giving”—and indeed, why we must.

The foundation is embarking on a mission-driven renovation of its landmark NYC headquarters, bringing it up to municipal code while expanding spaces for convening and creating a global center for social justice.

A rundown of coverage from outlets including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and others.

At our Rights Now event, the country’s first black attorney general candidly discussed the state of civil rights, voting rights, and #blacklivesmatter.

Darren Walker outlines the foundation's new focus on fighting inequality and offers his take on the role of philanthropy in today's world.

Ford Foundation announces the appointment of Kavita N. Ramdas as Senior Advisor to the President.

Claudio Fuentes, Director de la Escuela de Ciencia Política, Universidad Diego Portales, analiza la razón por la cual la filantropía chilena es tan limitada.

California attorney general, California public colleges and universities launch new statewide initiative.

Darren Walker discusses inclusive capitalism, and the Ford Foundation's focus on challenging inequality.

Darren joins host Robin Young to discuss our new focus on inequality, and our vision for the future, which we call FordForward.

The New York Times explores a shift in philanthropy toward making “big bets” in working to solve major social challenges.

Director, Creativity and Free Expression

Former USAID mission director will lead the foundation's work in realizing the potential of youth to create positive social change in the world and be a force for progress. 

The foundation’s president inducted into venerable institution.  

The Ford Foundation announces the appointment of poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander as director of its Creativity and Free Expression program.

The Ford Foundation announces the appointment of legal scholar and author Michelle Alexander as a senior fellow contributing to the foundation’s work on democracy, rights, and justice.

Program Officer, Office of the President

Hilary Pennington named one of America's Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker calls for greater diversity in the museum sector.

Program Officer
Technology Program Officer, Internet Freedom

10 distinguished honorees to receive National Humanities Medal.

New Orleans has always been a great city. Now it has an opportunity to become a just city—a city rooted in inclusivity, where fairness and equity are at the heart of all urban planning.

Marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the members of the Land of Opportunity project worked with us to produce this short documentary featuring some of our local partners.

Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression
Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

New federal program will test models for allowing incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education while in prison.

Tom Watson explains why Ford's commitment to general operating support matters.

Ford's VP for global communications responds to Andy Kessler's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker emphasizes the importance of building institutions.

In this op-ed, Jenny Toomey, director of the foundation's work on Internet Rights, and Dave Steer, director of advocacy for the Mozilla Foundation, examine the tech talent crisis and point to some signs of hope.

In an op-ed for CNN, Darren Walker lays out the Ford Foundation’s analysis of inequality and explains how it has fueled our reorganization.

This week the foundation's trustees met in Detroit, where we were established—the board's first meeting in that city since the foundation moved to New York in 1953.

The Ford Foundation was honored at the Ailey Spirit Gala for the foundation's support of the arts and arts education.

This week, the US Senate ended the NSA’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records by passing the USA Freedom Act.

Foundation's president addresses the graduating students of this CUNY community college.

Manager, JustFilms

Darren Walker delivers commencement address at San Francisco graduate school.

Darren Walker addresses University of Texas at Austin class of 2015.

The Ford Foundation today announced it was making $500,000 in grants to support disaster relief and recovery in Nepal, where the foundation has supported development work for over 60 years.

Ford Foundation president delivers remarks at premier social entrepreneurship forum.

JustFilms is proud to have supported four films selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Vivek Malhotra, Ford Foundation director for Civil and Human Rights, delivers the keynote speech at the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) ChangeMakers Awards Reception, held at the 2015 National South Asian Summit in Washington, DC.

Drawn from around the world, the visiting fellows are renowned in their fields for their resolute focus on themes of arts and equity.

Building on the foundation’s legacy of commitment to the arts, the distinguished visiting fellows will explore the power of culture.

Program Officer, Philanthropy

Darren Walker and Alfred Ironside encourage foundations to make the most of their messaging opportunities.

Ford Foundation celebrates half a century of creating opportunities for low-income Americans.

Darren Walker calls for criminal justice reform in a Sacramento Bee op-ed.

Gathering to commemorate a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

Supported by the foundation, the initiative is part of an effort to make diversity a priority for these institutions.

The foundation responds to erroneous reports about net neutrality support.

A well-deserved Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

The first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company joins the foundation's board.

The foundation is a partner in a national effort to make the US criminal justice system more fair, just, and effective.

Philanthropy leaders commit to putting Internet rights at the center of philanthropic work.

Joint statement from the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies.

A change consistent with the foundation's longtime commitment to transparency and knowledge sharing.

Darren Walker addresses the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Initiative to host session on digital safety and security for filmmakers at festival.

Ford Foundation vice president addresses Washington University in St. Louis.

Foundation president assumes leadership role to advance a collaborative, cross-sector effort.

New director will lead the foundation's work on equitable urban development in the US and developing world.

Darren Walker makes the case that threats to a free and open Internet are threats to freedom itself.

We applaud the announcement that the US and Cuba will establish full relations.

The New York Hall of Science’s Innovation Institute is helping high school–age participants invent things of value for their community.

Foundation president and famed musician sit down with the New York Times.

The latest news and commentary on Detroit's new chapter.

Foundation president is profiled in People magazine.

Bernstein brings over 25 years of experience managing not-for-profit institutions and their financial and operational health and effectiveness.

As Ford's director of communications since 2006, Ironside has been integral to developing and executing the foundation's strategic vision.

The renowned university chancellor and transplant surgeon brings wide-ranging experience and keen intellect to his new position.

The new director has been at the forefront of citizen engagement and government accountability for two decades.

The globally renowned social justice leader will head the office based in Mexico City.

Informal lending circles can help low-income consumers move into the economic mainstream.

In 1967, Sheila Hicks created two original tapestries for the Ford Foundation’s auditorium and boardroom. After nearly 50 years, she re-created them at her atelier in Paris.

“The progress we are making in slowing deforestation stands as a powerful and pragmatic example of what can be done,” Darren Walker writes in an op-ed for CNN Opinions.

Darren Walker talks to the Chronicle of Philanthropy about the culture he's building.

JustFilms projects are being considered for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmys and the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys.

Gilbert brings more than 20 years of experience that spans the government, nonprofit, and private sectors and includes human resources work in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe.

A former Ford staffer who served with distinction.

VP of Education, Creativity, and Free Expression explains her commitment to social justice.

Details about what to do if you receive scam e-mails or phone solicitations claiming to be from or associated with the foundation.

The foundation is proud to support the first LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund.

Darren Walker on the true costs of denying the reality of inequality.

Recommendations and initial funding commitments set the stage for a long-term effort to ensure success in health, education, and employment.

What happens when low-wage workers start earning a living wage, the right to resist around the globe, why Brazil is the world leader in reducing carbon emissions, countering inequality denial.

Six months into his tenure, the foundation's president reflects on his priorities.

Foundation support helps realize the expansion of a promising arts education program.

Accepting the organization's annual Civic Inspiration Award, Darren Walker can't help showing off his own love of dance.

A visionary filmmaker whose death is a loss to the entire documentary community.

A report clarifies what we need to know to bring an end to a deeply harmful practice.

Poverty in the suburbs, disparities in credit card debt, when asylum seekers confront immigration barriers.

A big new idea in international development, reopening schools in the Central African Republic, what if the middle class moved into public housing?

How to staunch the flow of tech talent away from the public sector.

Watching India's elections, investigating today's segregated schools, why climate change is violence.

A passionate human rights defender and foundation veteran.

The Wall Street Journal looks at PS 109, which will offer a mix of affordable housing and creative spaces.

The stunning winner of World Press Photo of the Year, traveling the length of the US-Mexico border, how city streets can both foster and crush social change.

The economic case for LGBT rights, affordable housing that doesn't crush the soul, filmmakers pushing at boundaries and for change.

Darren Walker talks to Shelterforce about connecting the dots.

Addressing inequality in Latin America, gender parity in the workplace, revealing broadband maps.

An online platform to discuss ideas relating to urban equity in development.

A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at art and civil rights in the 1960s.

How banks are cashing in on food stamps, protecting temp workers, a potential cautionary tale in Uganda? and more.

Foundations will work with government, business, and community leaders on the My Brother's Keeper initiative.

Two powerful JustFilms productions have their world premiere at the festival in New York City.

Lopez will be the first artist to join the foundation's board.

Busting myths about arts funding, LGBT people and food insecurity, banking in the post office.

Series of events to focus on achieving the full promise of democracy.

Opportunity vs. inequality, global attitudes about aging, coming out in Africa and more.

Fighting harmful financial services with better ones.

Innovation meets inequality, smart cities, fighting climate change, building an economic justice movement and more.

Supports quality films and digital projects tackling urgent, complex social justice issues.

Connecting restaurant patrons and restaurant workers, understanding net neutrality, filling in gaps on Wikipedia and more.

We are pleased to contribute to a balanced, workable plan that will enable Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy renewed and stronger.

Arts in Africa, online harassment, the geography of poverty and more.

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to declare "unconditional war on poverty" in America.

Fighting gender violence in India, equal marriage and economic inequality, what the tech sector can learn from urbanists.

The iconic feminist activist and writer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months.

An investment in Code Switch, NPR's race, ethnicity, and culture reporting initiative.

Stories of poverty and opportunity from the most unequal city in America

A new report examines and aims to staunch the flow of technology talent away from the public sector.

Remembering Madiba, protecting consumers, a crisis in technology talent, the changing face of the AIDS epidemic and more.

A JustFilms-supported feature offers rare insight into the human stories behind the immigration debate.

The Ford Foundation mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrates his impact on the world.

What we're reading, watching, discussing, and exploring around the web.

What we're reading, watching, discussing, and exploring around the web.

A new interactive platform explores community redevelopment in the face of disaster.

In the year since Hurricane Sandy hit the greater New York metro area, we've been working to support a long-term response to the storm.

New board member shares our commitment to fairness and equal access to opportunity for all.

New video tells the story of a day laborer family striving for a better life.

Briggs will oversee all of the program's global grantmaking and serve as an officer of the Board of Trustees.

Public and affordable housing has long been vital to this country, but it's also been ignored and misunderstood.

The Ford Foundation is committed to ending this devastating practice.

Support for seven leading human rights organizations will strengthen and diversify the movement and enable it to confront abuses.

The US is surging toward even greater inequality. This film asks why.

Ford Foundation appoints Hilary Pennington and Martín Abregú as program vice presidents.

Andrew Dosunmu's feature received critical support from JustFilms.

Students at Wheat Ridge Elementary School praise their expanded day.

The foundation made a grant to help the city effectively administer federal grant funding.

The 10th president of the foundation delivers remarks in a special meeting with colleagues

Darren Walker will become the foundation's 10th president, succeeding Luis A. Ubiñas.