The world has been confronted with a confluence of crises, but the economic realities brought on by COVID-19 threaten the very survival of the organizations on the frontlines, the nonprofits fighting for justice and tirelessly working toward a just, equitable recovery. Reflecting on this unprecedented moment, President Darren Walker explains why extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, starting with a bold step from philanthropy.
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the world, President Darren Walker finds hope and strength in our interconnectedness and calls us to come together with urgency and compassion to address the pandemic’s immediate and yet-to-be-known consequences.
Darren Walker reflects on the need for nuance amid an era of extremism in order to address society’s most pernicious challenges: “We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of progress. Within complexity and nuance, we find hope for the year ahead.”
Philanthropy is not immune from the plague of inequality, Darren Walker writes in his annual letter. If we are to be legitimate participants in the fight against it, there is urgency to our embracing this truth.
The renewed building will be a unique asset for champions of social justice across sectors and geographies—a vibrant, fully accessible hub with 54,000 square feet of meeting space for use by people and organizations advancing change in the US and globally.
Earlier this summer, the Ford Foundation launched an interactive tool called Your American Dream Score, which aims to help each of us examine the factors that have helped us succeed or held us back, and to start conversations about the role of inequality and opportunity in our lives.
The Ford Foundation's new strategy to support institutions and networks, and to strengthen civil society, ensuring that the courageous people within it have what they need to fight for a more just and equitable world.
We are making some big changes—but what will never change is our commitment to supporting those closest to the problems, engaging collaboratively with every sector, and pursuing the cause of justice and dignity for all people.
Read Darren Walker's response to a series of articles found in the Standford Social Innovation Review where the authors argue that foundations can employ a more nuanced model of strategic giving that better suits the complexities of making change in the real world.