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Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide

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We are on the frontlines of social change around the world, working with visionary leaders and organizations to change social structures and institutions—so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a voice in decisions that affect them.

From the President

“The foundation’s work is guided by a deep and abiding belief in human dignity.”
– Darren Walker

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Foundation Leadership

The foundation is governed by a 16-member board of trustees, which includes our president. Our grant making program is led by directors and regional representatives who work with a talented cadre of program officers.

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Grant Makers

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75 Years of Social Change

Established in 1936, the foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.

Programs

Our commitment to social justice is carried out through programs that:
  • Strengthen democratic values
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Advance human knowledge, creativity and achievement
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Special Initiatives

In addition to grant making in our core issue areas, we have established three major initiatives that focus on areas in which the foundation historically has had particular interest.
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Quick Facts

  • Established in 1936
  • First regional office opened in 1952 in New Delhi
  • Provide grants to organizations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia
  • More than $16.3 billion in grants distributed worldwide
  • Committed more than $565 million for program-related investments (PRIs) since 1968
  • Annually 40,000 proposals received and about 1,400 grants made
  • Fiscal year 2011 assets valued at $10.3 billion

Annual Reports

Learn more about our work, hear from our president, and review our grants and financial statements in our recent annual reports.
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Governance

Our operations are guided by a set of policies relating to grant making, geographic focus, spending, investment, management, governance and professional standards.
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Financial Statements

We invest and budget in ways that produce consistent patterns while preserving the value of the investment portfolio.
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Contact Us

Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10017
USA
Tel
(+1) 212-573-5000
Fax
(+1) 212-351-3677
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