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

From Dollars to Change


The Ford Foundation is the second largest private foundation in the United States, with an endowment of over $10 billion. We use our financial resources to help our grantees achieve the greatest possible impact. But what does that mean, exactly? In this series of videos, we explain how our funding fuels social change.

How Our Endowment Works

Learn what makes us different from public charities, where our original endowment came from, and how—through careful stewardship of our assets—we will be able to keep our mission alive for years to come.

How Our Grant Making Works

Every year, we make about 1,400 grants to organizations around the globe that serve the public good. Here we explain how proposals are reviewed, and how grants are made and monitored.

How Program-Related Investing Works

What is a Program-Related Investment (PRI)? How does a PRI work? Why would a foundation make an investment instead of a grant? Learn how we use PRIs to advance our mission.

Learn more about our grantmaking.


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