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


The foundation works in three program areas, each led by a vice president. Together, these programs build on the foundation's mission and values and respond to a new generation of challenges in a changing world. They encompass our eight issue areas and the corresponding initiatives through which we make our grants.

Economic Opportunity and Assets

Reducing poverty and establishing economic security. We focus on helping people build individual and shared assets, including natural resources that sustain livelihoods in rural communities, marketable skills that enable people to improve their earning power, and pioneering programs that make it possible for low-income families to save and to access opportunities in broader metropolitan economies.

Education, Creativity and Free Expression

Promoting more equitable education and greater voice and expression. We support transformative education and scholarship programs, public interest media, religious expression, arts spaces and reproductive health and rights. Central to our work is the belief that knowledge, creativity and understanding enrich people's lives and advance societies.

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