This year, Ford is featured on Fast Company’s annual ranking of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for its innovative efforts to strengthen the organizations we support and invest in social change -- including our $1 billion commitment to impact investing.
Vox reports that on issues like guns, immigration, health care, and climate change, Americans are increasingly putting pressure on businesses to act when they believe government will not. Commenting on this phenomenon, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told reporter Emily Stewart he recognizes that “when presented with government that is not responding to the desires of the citizenry, citizens are looking for other ways to change public policy.” But when it comes to real solutions, he said, it’s complicated: “It’s problematic to believe that the private sector can be a proxy for government, and so we need our government to be responsive to the citizenry.”
Ford reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report, which documented the failings of the media to address the civil unrest in 1967 in Detroit, Newark, and elsewhere. Below is a rundown of media coverage from outlets including PBS NewsHour, WDET and others.
Timed to the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report, the Ford Foundation in collaboration with Quadrant Strategies conducted a study focused on the perceptions about the coverage of race in the media.
This op-ed originally appeared in El Tiempo on February 2, 2018. The following version has been translated from the Spanish.
Inside Philanthropy features an interview with Hilary Pennington on her leadership at the Ford Foundation and the biggest issues facing civil society.
Pennington will oversee all of the foundation’s programs in the US and globally.
Swan will lead a dedicated team managing the portfolio announced in April, when Ford committed to invest $1 billion over the next ten years in mission-related investments (MRIs).
The Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative will support creative solutions to diversify curatorial and management staff at art museums across the United States.
In the coming decades, a transformational wave of foreseeable demographic changes will create a new American tapestry. Social, economic, and technological changes will reshape the domestic and global economy, and the nation’s fiscal condition will face increasing challenges.
In an appearance on Charlie Rose, a look at trends in philanthropic giving
Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Ford Foundation Announce Efforts to Help Puerto Rico Rebound and Rebuild.
Darren Walker accepts an award from WOLA on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
In this Times Picayune op-ed, Darren Walker highlights the role of innovative partnerships in New Orleans's recovery.
In the linkage between inequality and climate change, questions of land tenure are key.
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More than $1.5 million in Art of Change fellowships will propel creative work focused on freedom and justice.
On the heels of its recent $1 billion commitment to mission-related investments, the foundation partners with the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, a newly launched field-building organization that will focus on advancing the movement to use capital for social good.
A well-established advocate for women, immigrants, and low-wage workers, Poo is currently the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations.
In partnership with the Ford Foundation, the national fund will support organizations addressing mass incarceration across the United States.
Detroit’s effort to focus targeted, strategic reinvestment in city neighborhoods has received a significant boost from support awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
Darren Walker announces the appointment of a foundation program officer based in Detroit—working alongside communities and leaders to ensure that the people of Detroit are shaping how their neighborhoods are developed.
The Ford Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit released a new report considering Colombia’s challenges in the context of other countries that have emerged from internal conflict, to identify effective strategies and highlight potential pitfalls to be avoided in building a peaceful, inclusive economy.
Announced on Monday, this year's Pulitzer winners included Ford Foundation grantees in several categories.
The Ford Foundation today announced it is committing up to $1 billion from its $12 billion endowment over the next 10 years to the nascent investment field known as mission-related investing.
Various media outlets cover the Ford Foundation's commitment of $1 billion of our endowment toward mission-related investments.
NPR examines the Bard Prison Initiative, which pairs graduates with employers to give them yearlong professional positions, and the Ford Foundation's participation in the program.
The Washington Post covers Darren Walker's lecture at the Kennedy Center, and Arts Advocacy Day sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Opinion pieces highlighting the importance of arts funding are also featured in the Hill and the Houston Chronicle.
Darren Walker delivers the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.
A renowned public interest lawyer, Stevenson is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama.
On this episode of the weekly Fortt Knox podcast, Darren Walker talks to Jon Fortt about the importance of empathy and understanding in creating meaningful change.
The event at Joe's Pub in New York City was also a celebration of Blackside, Inc. and the thirtieth anniversary of a seminal documentary series called Eyes on the Prize.
Ford Foundation president Darren Walker is one of 170 new inductees into Fast Company's Most Creative People list.
in this Town & Country op-ed, Darren talks about Princess Mabel of the Netherlands and her quest to end child marriage.
In a special program about the American dream, Diane Sawyer chronicles the new reality of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever but struggling to stay in the middle class.
The Ford Foundation's Hilary Pennington and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Fay Twersky discuss how the feedback movement helps nonprofits build better, more effective programs.
NY1's Budd Mishkin profiles Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his journey from humble beginnings to his role as a leader in philanthropy.
Darren Walker delivers remarks at the OECD in Paris, France.
The lab, which has 12 residents, is a partnership between CFC Media Lab, NFB, and JustFilms | Ford Foundation.
On October 24, 2016, the Studio Museum in Harlem honored the Ford Foundation at their annual gala.
This is the 25th year that the Greater Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has hosted the National Philanthropy Day awards, honoring top volunteers, donors, and funders.
Eric Doppstadt talks about his 27 years at the foundation and the value of long-term investing in ensuring it can continue working toward social justice.
Watch the discussion from the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, moderated by Dina Habib Powell, head of impact investing at Goldman Sachs, and president, Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Watch the video about how technology is changing the way philanthropy tackles the world's issues and how the Ford Foundation is working with technologists to advance social change.
Ahead of the United Nations Habitat III conference on urban development in Quito next week, the Ford Foundation hosted a press briefing on what’s at stake.
Ana Marie Argilagos, a senior advisor for Ford Foundation's equitable development work, spoke with Citiscope about the impact of the upcoming Habitat III conference for ensuring sustainable global development.
Nine-day residency to explore immersive VR storytelling with 12 diverse creators from Canada and the US.
Darren Walker delivers an introduction to kick off a lecture on the need for artists and nonartists alike to engage more fully with the power of artistic expression in the instigation of social change.
Nonprofit Quarterly examines how issues of inequality disproportionately affect communities of color and how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help alleviate these issues and empower communities.
Scholarships need to do much more to reduce the growing inequality in higher education.
As part of a commemorative Washington Post issue on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, director of Creativity and Free Expression Elizabeth Alexander reflects on the stories, and story, of a people.
In this op-ed, Hilary Pennington discusses the promise of higher education, and the role of scholarships in combating inequality.
The foundation’s work in Brazil aims to address inequality in all its forms, including economic, political, and social inequalities. With decades of experience in civil society in both Brazil and abroad, Roque carries legitimacy and authority to lead the Ford Foundation in Brazil.
In a conversation with Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer, Darren Walker explains how short-termism in business can exacerbate income inequality and how the Ford Foundation is working to alleviate the many forms of inequality around the world.
We’re seeking a smart partner to help us identify criteria and make recommendations for which states in the US would be good places to focus our funding efforts.
In a conversation with Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer, Darren Walker explains how the 2016 Olympics have brought millions of dollars of investment to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but these benefits have not reached the country's most overlooked populations.
Co.exist takes a look at #ReasonsForHope, a campaign led by 39 philanthropies that encourages Americans to fight despair and work together to create more dignity, justice, and equality.
The Washington Post breaks down funding for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens next month. Since 2006, Ford has made several contributions to the museum—the largest for galleries focused on African American life after the civil rights movement.
Darren Walker delivers remarks at the opening of the Global Village at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Sulzberger brings a valuable perspective to the foundation’s board at a time of visionary change.
Southern Africa regional director Nicolette Naylor compares the horror of the Orlando massacre with the reality faced by LGBTI people across the African continent every day.
In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Hilary Pennington proposes that the nonprofit sector create new models for recognizing individual leaders without compromising the collective efforts, movements, and environment of inclusion that they are trying to build.
Ford Foundation president Darren Walker reflects on the mass shooting in Orlando and applauds solidarity between LGBT and American Muslim communities.
GeekWire spoke with Ford Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Berners-Lee and filmmaker Jessica Yu about the documentary film, foreveryone.net. The film explores the creation of the web, and Mr. Berners-Lee's greatest fear for its future.
This is not the first time Detroit has risen from the proverbial ashes.
The Pulitzer Prize Board elected Alexander to a three-year term. The 19-member board chooses the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, books, drama and music each April.
The rule is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to embrace those values within their own organizations—even if doing so is challenging.
As director, he will advance Ford’s work in addressing inequality to pave the way for economic opportunity and inclusive growth.
Foundations plan to commit nearly $125 million to support health, education, and economic development.
The federal Social Innovation Fund has announced new grants to help develop Pay for Success projects across the nation.
Reich will guide the foundation’s BUILD efforts in the United States and across its 10 global offices to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the sustainability, vitality, and effectiveness of organizations and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements.
Awarded a fellowship by the Ford Foundation, Anna Pauline (Pauli) Murray pursued a doctorate in law at Yale in order to further her scholarly work on gender and racial justice.
As one of Time's most influential people, Darren is changing the language of philanthropy, from “them” and “they” to “us” and “we.”
The 11-year-old organization makes grants to artists.
Through the Flex Fund, the three foundations will provide second-stage funding for joint projects by social entrepreneurs and filmmakers.
Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz talks to Darren about how the foundation is addressing the drivers of inequality.
Network of foundations issues call to action for all U.S. philanthropic institutions to adopt fair chance hiring measures.
The two-year partnership will raise global awareness on social justice at the Doc Corner in Cannes.
Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America.
The foundation’s president spoke to graduates at Hunter’s winter commencement ceremony
Our technology program officer earned a place on The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of influential change makers.
Rothenberg will lead new division, which reflects the foundation’s commitment to continuous learning as it refines its approach to challenging inequality in all its forms.
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s “disruptive optimism” will spur solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.
In this op-ed, Darren considers the origins of modern philanthropy and how we can rethink the traditional “gospel of giving”—and indeed, why we must.
The foundation is embarking on a mission-driven renovation of its landmark NYC headquarters, bringing it up to municipal code while expanding spaces for convening and creating a global center for social justice.
At our Rights Now event, the country’s first black attorney general candidly discussed the state of civil rights, voting rights, and #blacklivesmatter.
Darren Walker outlines the foundation's new focus on fighting inequality and offers his take on the role of philanthropy in today's world.
Ford Foundation announces the appointment of Kavita N. Ramdas as Senior Advisor to the President.
Claudio Fuentes, Director de la Escuela de Ciencia Política, Universidad Diego Portales, analiza la razón por la cual la filantropía chilena es tan limitada.
California attorney general, California public colleges and universities launch new statewide initiative.
Former USAID mission director will lead the foundation's work in realizing the potential of youth to create positive social change in the world and be a force for progress.
The foundation’s president inducted into venerable institution.
The Ford Foundation announces the appointment of poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander as director of its Creativity and Free Expression program.
Hilary Pennington named one of America's Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.
10 distinguished honorees to receive National Humanities Medal.
New federal program will test models for allowing incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education while in prison.
Ford's VP for global communications responds to Andy Kessler's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
The Ford Foundation was honored at the Ailey Spirit Gala for the foundation's support of the arts and arts education.
Foundation's president addresses the graduating students of this CUNY community college.
Darren Walker delivers commencement address at San Francisco graduate school.
Darren Walker addresses University of Texas at Austin class of 2015.
The Ford Foundation today announced it was making $500,000 in grants to support disaster relief and recovery in Nepal, where the foundation has supported development work for over 60 years.
Ford Foundation president delivers remarks at premier social entrepreneurship forum.
JustFilms is proud to have supported four films selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Vivek Malhotra, Ford Foundation director for Civil and Human Rights, delivers the keynote speech at the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) ChangeMakers Awards Reception, held at the 2015 National South Asian Summit in Washington, DC.
Building on the foundation’s legacy of commitment to the arts, the distinguished visiting fellows will explore the power of culture.
Ford Foundation celebrates half a century of creating opportunities for low-income Americans.
Higher education reduces recidivism and more.
Supported by the foundation, the initiative is part of an effort to make diversity a priority for these institutions.
The first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company joins the foundation's board.
Philanthropy leaders commit to putting Internet rights at the center of philanthropic work.
Joint statement from the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies.
A change consistent with the foundation's longtime commitment to transparency and knowledge sharing.
Initiative to host session on digital safety and security for filmmakers at festival.
Ford Foundation vice president addresses Washington University in St. Louis.
Foundation president assumes leadership role to advance a collaborative, cross-sector effort.
New director will lead the foundation's work on equitable urban development in the US and developing world.
Commitment to people of Detroit extends beyond Grand Bargain.
Bernstein brings over 25 years of experience managing not-for-profit institutions and their financial and operational health and effectiveness.
As Ford's director of communications since 2006, Ironside has been integral to developing and executing the foundation's strategic vision.
The renowned university chancellor and transplant surgeon brings wide-ranging experience and keen intellect to his new position.
The new director has been at the forefront of citizen engagement and government accountability for two decades.
The globally renowned social justice leader will head the office based in Mexico City.
Monteiro has been with the foundation since 1995.
Gilbert brings more than 20 years of experience that spans the government, nonprofit, and private sectors and includes human resources work in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe.
Trustees are elected by the full board and serve six-year terms.
Details about what to do if you receive scam e-mails or phone solicitations claiming to be from or associated with the foundation.
Recommendations and initial funding commitments set the stage for a long-term effort to ensure success in health, education, and employment.
Foundation support helps realize the expansion of a promising arts education program.
A report clarifies what we need to know to bring an end to a deeply harmful practice.
Darren Walker talks to Shelterforce about connecting the dots.
Foundations will work with government, business, and community leaders on the My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Lopez will be the first artist to join the foundation's board.
Funds will replenish the program's endowment.
Series of events to focus on achieving the full promise of democracy.
Supports quality films and digital projects tackling urgent, complex social justice issues.
An investment in Code Switch, NPR's race, ethnicity, and culture reporting initiative.
Stories of poverty and opportunity from the most unequal city in America
The Ford Foundation mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrates his impact on the world.
In the year since Hurricane Sandy hit the greater New York metro area, we've been working to support a long-term response to the storm.
New board member shares our commitment to fairness and equal access to opportunity for all.
Briggs will oversee all of the program's global grantmaking and serve as an officer of the Board of Trustees.
We are proud to partner with TED as it hosts TEDCity2.0.
Support for seven leading human rights organizations will strengthen and diversify the movement and enable it to confront abuses.
Ford Foundation appoints Hilary Pennington and Martín Abregú as program vice presidents.