A special section in the current issue of America’s Quarterly explores the role of philanthropy in “sparking and deepening” social, economic and political change across Latin America over the past half-century. It highlights Ford Foundation’s leadership in the region—with profiles of, and contributions from, some of the individuals and organizations who stand with us on the frontlines of social change.

The magazine’s spotlight on Latin America comes as we mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation’s work in the region. Since 1962, we have invested nearly $1 billion in Latin America. In recent years, we have focused on local efforts to address issues of migration, discrimination, the status of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, and community land and resource rights.


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The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.