A Message from our President
During these uncertain times, our interdependence has become all the more evident. President Darren Walker shares his reflections on the crisis and sheds light on how philanthropy is offering hope and long-term solutions. Read more.
Our Commitment to Our Grantees
The work of the individuals and organizations we support matters now more than ever. We are working closely with them during this challenging time to understand their needs and provide them with the required support and flexibility to navigate the evolving situation. Read more.
Photo courtesy of National Domestic Workers Alliance
Our Collective Efforts
The economic realities brought on by COVID-19 have threatened the survival of the organizations building the systems central to an equitable recovery. In response, we issued a $1-billion social bond—the first ever by a foundation—to double our impact and help nonprofits confront the virus’s sweeping effects.
In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, we brought together more than 1,300 donors to raise more than $110 million to support New York’s arts and cultural organizations and nonprofit social service providers during the pandemic. To date, 768 organizations have received support.
Created with Open Society Foundations, National Domestic Workers Alliance among others, the $20-million fund addresses the immediate needs of low-wage workers and their families and supports efforts that push for long-term policy change to ensure their rights are protected.
We partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple to create the $12-million fund to support World Central Kitchen, Feeding America, No Kid Hungry and other organizations tackling food insecurity in vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19.
Developed with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the emergency fund raised more than $10 million through a coalition of national arts donors to support creatives struggling in the wake of COVID-19.
In the News
A roundup of our most recent press related to COVID-19.
The announcement of our social bond—a $1-billion commitment to support nonprofits weather the effects of COVID-19 and strengthen the social justice sector—made the front page of The New York Times.
President Darren Walker talked with CBS to the inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and the need to support nonprofits on the frontlines that are critical to creating a more just America.
President Darren Walker sat down with TED’s Chris Anderson to talk about COVID-19 as an opportunity to reimagine philanthropy and capitalism to create a more just, sustainable future.
Our global offices
- Bogotá, Colombia: Closed
- Beijing, China: Open
- Cairo, Egypt: Closed
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Closed
- Jakarta, Indonesia: Closed
- Johannesburg, South Africa: Closed
- Mexico City, Mexico: Closed
- Nairobi, Kenya: Closed
- New Delhi, India: Closed
- New York, USA: Closed
The Center for Social Justice and Ford Foundation Gallery will be closed until further notice. Learn more about our New York office closure.