As a foundation dedicated to protecting and advancing human welfare, we are working proactively to address the rising concerns about the Coronavirus and monitor and assess the rapidly changing environment in our headquarters of New York and around the world.
A Message from our President
During these stressful, uncertain times, our interdependence on each other has become crystal clear. Ford Foundation President Darren Walker shares his reflections on the current crisis and sheds light on how philanthropy is offering hope and long-term solutions amidst it all. Read more.
Supporting our grantees
The work of the individuals and organizations we support matters now more than ever. We are working closely with them to understand their needs during this challenging time and provide them with the required support and flexibility to navigate the evolving situation. Read more.
Photo courtesy of National Domestic Workers Alliance
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been an exemplar of leadership in this time of crisis, someone to whom other state and local officials are looking for guidance. On Friday, the governor took the crucial step of ordering the release of 1,100 people from New York’s jails and prisons. But he must do more. If we don’t act fast, we jeopardize the lives of many. Worse yet, we risk creating a uniquely deadly incubator for the virus.
When crises strike, every moment wasted navigating red tape can cause detriment to the most vulnerable communities. That’s why we spearheaded a philanthropy pledge, bringing together more than 400 major funders to commit to flexible funding to support our nonprofit partners as they support the individuals and communities most impacted by COVID-19.
In the News
Without paid sick leave and other benefits, US workers in underpaid jobs cannot afford to miss work, even in the midst of a pandemic. Grantee Rebecca Dixon of the National Employment Law Project explains why emergency COVID-19 measures fail to protect the rights of workers who are already falling through the cracks of America’s economic system.
Domestic workers support some of the most vulnerable populations while putting their own lives at risk, a fact many are now realizing with the outbreak of COVID-19. Ai-Jen Poo, director of grantee the National Domestic Workers Alliance, penned an op-ed in The New York Times that outlines how we can protect these overlooked workers, both now and in the future. Learn more.
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, public garden, and Gallery will be closed until further notice. Learn more about our New York office closure.