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Ideas and inspiration for a just world

Alfred, Ironside, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Global Communications

Ghada, Abdel Tawab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Informal is the new normal: Why informal employment is here to stay

There are millions of workers around the world who are working and living at the periphery of the formal economy. We call these workers informal workers.

Otto Saki

, Office of Southern Africa

How companies are using law suits to silence environmental activists—and how philanthropy can help

Around the world, corporations are using Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to silence environmental activists. 

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

My message to graduates: With freedom comes responsibility

Darren Walker reflects on four of his commencement speeches, addressing how around the world, democracy and democratic values are under siege, and our responsibilities to protect democracy. 

Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Morgan Hargrave

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Technology Fellow, Civic Engagement and Government

Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice

The Internet is increasingly automated, sometimes by programs that have ill intentions toward social justice organizations. Learn what you and your organization should be aware of if you use the Internet. 

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Martin, Abregu, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

What strengthening human rights has to do with challenging inequality

The Ford Foundation will continue to be a major funder in this field, supporting human rights actors and practices within all our efforts to overcome inequality.

Kamilah Duggins William, Kelley, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kamilah Duggins, Talent Acquisition Manager

, Talent Acquisition Director

Why the Ford Foundation launched a program for formerly incarcerated people—and how we did it

In 2015, the Ford Foundation decided to "walk our talk" and start a professional development program for formerly incarcerated people. Our HR department explains what the process was like. 

Kamilah Duggins William, Kelley, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kamilah Duggins, Talent Acquisition Manager

, Talent Acquisition Director

How to create a re-entry program in your organization

Ford Foundation shares some lessons for organizations considering starting a hiring program for formally incarcerated people.

Amy, Brown, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Sanjiv, Rao, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Noorain Khan, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Office of the President

What’s your American Dream Score?

Your American Dream Score aims to help us examine the many experiences, systems, and institutions that have helped—or hindered—our path to where we are today, and to jump-start honest discussions about the role of inequality and opportunity in our lives.