Is my organization eligible to hold an event or meeting at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice?

The Ford Foundation provides event space to its grantees, as well as to nonprofit and partner organizations hosting events that align with the foundation’s values and areas of work.

The space is not available for:

  • Events with activities or content related to 501(c)(4) organizations, direct or grassroots lobbying, political campaigns, or electoral or partisan themes 
  • Commercial events with profit-making activities
  • Fundraising
  • Non-charitable or private events, such as weddings, birthday parties, or fashion shows

How do I book an event space?

Fill out our event application. Once you complete the application, our staff will review the request and inform you of eligibility and availability within 10 business days.

How far in advance can I book an event?

Booking is available to grantees up to 10 months ahead of the requested event date.

For other nonprofits and mission-aligned events, booking is available up to six months ahead of the requested event date.

What time can I host an event?

Regular event hours are Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 6p.m. Events are permitted outside of these hours but will incur extra fees for staffing and building services. The foundation is closed on weekends and holidays.

Are there fees for using an event space?

The foundation does not charge a venue rental fee. Fees apply for catering, dedicated audiovisual support, equipment rentals, additional security, and special event services. For events outside of regular event hours, overtime staffing and building services fees also apply.

Are the building and event spaces accessible?

We are committed to hosting fully accessible events, and each of our event spaces meet ADA accessibility standards. Detailed accessibility information is available on the pages for each event space.

If you are planning or attending an event and have questions about our accommodations and accessibility services, please reach out to [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event. We will make every effort to help you fully participate.

How can I secure catering for my event?

The foundation works with an exclusive food and beverage caterer for all meetings and events. Additional food or beverages are not permitted.

Is audiovisual support available?

Audiovisual services and staffing are available from the foundation’s in-house event production team. The foundation is fully equipped to handle most event production but can arrange additional equipment or services if needed. In that case, AV staffing fees will apply.

What kind of event staff support do you offer?

Upon confirming an event, a venue operations team member will be assigned as your main point of contact on-site and throughout the planning process. The foundation also provides audiovisual, catering, security, and janitorial staff for your event. Any additional event staffing, including registration staff, must be provided by the host organization.

What are your health and safety practices during COVID-19?

To ensure the health and safety of all guests of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, we ask that event staff and attendees follow our visitor guidelines. If attendees feel unwell or are not able to comply with our health and safety guidelines, we ask that they please refrain from visiting the Center at this time.

Proof of vaccination:

Event staff and attendees will be asked to show proof of full vaccination, which means proof that they received the final dose of their vaccine at least 14 days prior to their visit.

We accept all WHO-approved vaccines and many forms of proof including:

  • Original, photo or copy of your CDC vaccination card(s)
  • Original, photo or copy of your NYC vaccination record or other official immunization record (physical or digital) including from your healthcare provider
  • New York State Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus
  • New York City COVID Safe App
  • New Jersey Docket app
  • For international visitors: Any original, photo, copy or digital version of an official vaccination card or immunization record, including from your healthcare provider, with vaccination details provided in English

Health screening:

Event staff and attendees must be able to answer “no” to the following question:

Mask recommendation:

Face masks are recommended but not required.

Are there any other policies or guidelines I should be aware of?

Our complete guidelines can be found in the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice event guidelines PDF.

I have other questions. Whom should I contact?

For more information, please email [email protected].