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.

The space is not available for:

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

How do I book an event space?

Fill out our booking request form here. Once you complete the form, our staff will review the request and inform you of eligibility and availability within five business days.

If you are a Ford Foundation staff member, please fill out the staff booking request form.

How far in advance can I book an event?

Booking is available to grantees nine months prior to the desired event date.

For other nonprofit organizations and social justice-related events, booking is available six months in advance.

We are currently accepting booking requests for events being held no earlier than February 2019.

What time can I host an event?

Regular event hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-6:00 pm. 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 do 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.

What is the capacity of the event space?

Capacities vary. Detailed information is available on the pages for each space.

Are the building and event spaces accessible?

We have taken steps to ensure that our building meets or exceeds accessibility standards. More detailed accessibility information is available on the pages for each space.

What about catering?

The foundation works with an exclusive food and beverage caterer for all meetings and events. Additional food or beverage is 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, an events 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.

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

Click here for a pdf with complete guidelines for the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.

I have other questions. Who should I contact?

For more information, please email [email protected].