Disrupting systems to advance social justice

We believe inequality is at the root of nearly every injustice. To create meaningful, lasting change, we focus on nine interconnected areas.

Why inequality?

Shifting the conversation

Dig into the newest collection of stories of change, hope and resilience from our community


Building on 85 years of impact

We have supported the work of some of history’s greatest minds, helped build pivotal institutions and seeded big ideas that have fueled groundbreaking movements.

Our history

  • Jason Mraz sits on a stoop and serenades Big Bird, Elmo, and friends on Sesame Street.

    Year:1969

    Sesame Street is created to teach the world kindness

    In 1969, Ford joined the Carnegie Foundation and a small team of investors to back a new idea for a unique, educational TV show for children: Sesame Street. For more than 50 years, Sesame Street has remained on the air, holding a special place in everyone’s hearts and helping generations of kids become smarter, stronger, and kinder.

  • People attending class in Institute for Applied Agriculture Research.

    Year:2001

    A new generation of leaders emerges from all corners of the globe

    To help social justice leaders advance their work, we created the International Fellowships Program to provide them with the opportunity to pursue a graduate or postgraduate degree. To date, more than 4,300 changemakers from 22 countries—spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East—have completed their education and have gone on to make their mark in their homeland and beyond. The fellowship set a new precedent in higher education by promoting greater equity and inclusivity.

  • An essential worker in front of a grocery store stands holding a hand truck to move some produce boxes and is wearing a green hoodie, black patterned sweat pants, and red sneakers.

    Year:2020

    Ford creates social bond to strengthen social justice sector

    COVID-19 presented the world with an unparalleled situation. As nonprofits stepped up to address its sweeping impacts, they struggled to keep their doors open. In response, we issued the first-ever social bond by a foundation to ensure organizations could not only carry on their important work but also their invaluable role in society. The bond’s proceeds enabled us to double our funding to $1 billion at a time when the world needed it most.

Find us at the Center for Social Justice

The Ford Foundation is located in New York City at the Center for Social Justice—a hub for social good and the courageous people who devote their lives to achieving it.

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Ford Foundation Gallery

Indisposable: Tactics for Care and Mourning

1 October - 10 December 2022

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