Published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy | September 2, 2014
New leader steers Ford Foundation back toward familiar ground
By Alex Daniels
Pointing the way forward for a sprawling, venerable philanthropic institution like the Ford Foundation is a dizzying experience, says Darren Walker, the man who is setting its course. There is no clear, simple formula to determine how a philanthropy giant with billions in assets and offices across the globe should make its bets, says Mr. Walker.
“The world is topsy-turvy, and you really can’t tell if you’re standing on quicksand or on concrete,” he says.
Mr. Walker, who became president of the foundation a year ago, plans to present his priorities to the foundation’s directors in October. He says he will restart grants to peace and global-security efforts, and increase the amount of money the foundation contributes to programs that deal with urban issues, both in the United States and internationally.