News from Ford19 December 2012
2012: Reimagining Justice
In 2012 we reaffirmed our commitment to important areas of work, made new investments in vital issues and celebrated major milestones. As we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges of a new year, we pause to look back on 12 months of social change.
A Banner Year for JustFilms
Five JustFilms-supported documentaries premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: “Detropia,” “How to Survive a Plague,” “The House I Live In,” “Love Free or Die” and “Red Hook Summer.” All of them went on to garner praise and awards.
Expanding Access to Financial Services
With $30 million in foundation funding, the community development financial institution Self-Help merged with seven credit unions in California, kick-starting an effort to expand low- and moderate-income families’ access to responsible and affordable financial services across the state.
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Rethinking the School Day
This spring we helped launch Time to Succeed, a national coalition that encourages and enables communities to add more learning time to a redesigned school day and year. In December, the foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning introduced the Time Collaborative, under which public schools in five states will reimagine their school calendars and improve learning for tens of thousands of students.
Toward a Sustainable Future
Foundation staff joined leaders from around the world at the landmark Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. We hosted discussions about how to build cities that are more just and inclusive, advocated for local communities to have the right to manage their natural resources and worked to make sure the voices of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples were part of critical conversations.
Strengthening the Global Human Rights Movement
Establishing our new Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide initiative, seven global human rights groups received $1 million each to contribute to a broader, more inclusive dialogue on the rights issues facing the world’s most poor and marginalized people.
Together on the Frontlines at the International AIDS Conference
This year’s conference marked the first time in more than two decades that the world’s largest gathering on HIV/AIDS was held in the United States. The foundation and our partners seized the opportunity, bringing new resources to address the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and hosting a series of high-profile forums to highlight the continued urgency of the crisis.
Building on the Legacy of the Ford Fellows Program
As part of our celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, we made a new commitment of $100 million to extend the program for 10 years. The program has yielded a vast number of academic leaders who have had a significant impact on every facet of higher education and research. The renewed funding ensures that impact will only deepen over the next decade.
Ending Child Marriage in a Generation
At the State Department alongside Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, the foundation’s president announced a five-year, $25 million investment to help end child marriage, which afflicts the lives of 10 million girls in dozens of countries around the world each year. We also produced an interactive map that explored the global scope of this devastating practice.
50 Years of Change in Latin America and Eastern Africa
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation’s work in Latin America—where we have offices in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago—and Eastern Africa, where our regional base is in Nairobi. We celebrated these milestones with a series of dialogues and events that brought together visionary leaders and organizations to reflect on five decades of progress, discuss current challenges and look ahead to what’s next.
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Out for Change: The Future of LGBT Rights
To launch of our Advancing LGBT Rights initiative, we brought together LGBT leaders and allies, artists, journalists, technologists, policymakers and funders to explore the next opportunities for progress for the LGBT movement, how social justice can be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, and how to engage broad communities in securing rights for LGBT people.
Support for Hurricane Sandy Recovery
In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new program to assist nonprofits devastated by the storm. With $5 million in funding from Ford, the NYC Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program will provide interest-free loans to local nonprofits to cover operating and capital costs.
To learn more about the work we supported throughout the year, browse our 2012 grants in our grants database.
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