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4 May 2011

Wall Street Journal on Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards, which mark 75 years of support to visionaries on the frontlines of social change. The awards honor 12 extraordinary leaders across a range of social justice fields—from technology to architecture to human rights—who continually infuse new energy and ideas into their efforts to solve the most pressing social problems.

Published in The Wall Street Journal

Support for Global Leaders

May 4, 2011 By Melanie Grayce West

From a political cartoonist, to a professor who fights against bias in the criminal-justice system, to the leader of New York's Museum for African Art, the Ford Foundation is hoping to elevate the profile of leaders world-wide.

In honor of its 75th anniversary this year, the New York-based foundation is awarding a onetime prize to a dozen "social innovators" who are changing the world. Recipients of the Visionaries Award will receive $100,000 to continue their work.

"What sets these individuals apart, in our eyes, is not just the quality of their ideas, but their pioneering work every day to turn ideas into action," said Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation. "They are doing the work that leads us into the future."

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