Equals Change Blog

Strategy, Learning and Philanthropy

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.

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Unleashing the power of endowments: The next great challenge for philanthropy

The Ford Foundation is committing up to $1 billion from its $12 billion endowment over the next 10 years to the nascent investment field known as mission-related investing.

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Christopher Dekki, Policy Analysis and Advocacy Officer, Communitas Coalition

Maruxa Cardama, Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas Coalition

Felix Dodds, Special Advisor, Communitas Coalition

James Goldstein, Research Director, Communitas Coalition

Strong partnerships for a sustainable future: The legacy of the Communitas Coalition

Communitas is the Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda.

Morgan Hargrave

, Technology Fellow, Civic Engagement and Government

Technologists for social justice: Why Ford is hiring more tech fellows

The Ford Foundation is looking for technologists to join our grant-making teams and help them advance social justice and challenge inequality.

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

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Listening for change: Why foundations need to pay attention to what grantees are saying

According to a new research report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, 67 percent of foundations say they should listen more to grantees.

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Tracy Van Slyke, Director, Culture Lab

Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Race Forward

How to be a better storyteller: Five questions social change makers need to ask

The Culture Lab and Race Forward offer five questions and a tool kit to help social change and media makers become better storytellers. 

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Ignorance is the enemy within: On the power of our privilege, and the privilege of our power

Darren Walker on how ignorance can fuel inequality, and learning from our oversights can forge a way towards justice.

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

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#ReasonsForHope

Foundation presidents acknowledge the courageous organizations working every day to push past despair and create change. #reasonsforhope

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Why black lives matter to philanthropy

The Movement for Black Lives has created an opportunity for philanthropy to see and learn from new and dynamic forms of social justice leadership and infrastructure.

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Putting Ford Forward into action

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.

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

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Hilary, Pennington, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Rethinking scholarships as a force for social justice

Unlike traditional scholarships based primarily on academic achievement, social justice fellowships use non-traditional ways to recruit talented individuals and extend higher education opportunities to leaders from marginalized communities.

Michael Brennan. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Technology Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Why the Ford Foundation wants technologists to join the fight for social justice

The Ford Foundation is looking for technologists to join our grant making teams and help them advance social justice and challenge inequality.

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Announcing the launch of #InequalityIs

Darren Walker announces the launch of #InequalityIs, a conversation about inequality in all its forms.

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In The New Yorker

The New Yorker profiles Darren Walker and his leadership in rethinking philanthropy and defining a new strategy to combat inequality.

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Transforming a landmark into a center for social justice

We're transforming our landmark building into a center for philanthropy and civil society.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Chinese NGOs name Ford among top donor partners

Ford Foundation awarded the Kumquat Prize by Chinese NGOs.

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

, Vice President, Democracy, Rights, and Justice

, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Markets

, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression

Answering your questions about FordForward

With the announcement of our new programs, we know many of you have questions. We answer some of them here.

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

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Moving the Ford Foundation Forward

Today, the Ford Foundation’s two-year transition is over. Darren Walker explains the details of FordForward.

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Chatting about inequality on Facebook

Ford's president takes question on a live facebook chat.

Jee, Kim, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Strengthening democracy, one step at a time

A new tool from the Foundation Center—"Foundations Funding US Democracy—allows funders and civil society organizations to align, collaborate, and coordinate better.

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

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Toward a new gospel of wealth

In his annual message, Darren Walker explains why now is the time for philanthropy to reimagine the "gospel of giving."

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Why we need strong social justice institutions—and how to build them

Supporting institutions at their core, through critical general support, is the key to building durable, resilient institutions that can take on inequality and advance justice.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Five lessons for July 4

As we celebrate Independence Day, we reflect on the lessons about working for freedom and justice over the past months.

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What's next for the Ford Foundation?

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.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

A more inclusive approach to grant making

Peer-review grant making provides philanthropy with an innovative way to challenge the donor-grantee power dynamic.

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

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Work in Detroit doesn't end with Grand Bargain

Learn about Ford's commitment to Detroit.

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Why MacArthur Fellowships matter

Learn more about the four social justice leaders who received the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Philanthropy, open for improvement

Fund for Shared Insight is a collaborative effort to make grants to improve philanthropy.

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

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Taking stock, looking ahead

Darren Walker reflects on his first twelve months as president of the Ford Foundation, and provides his thoughts for the future of the organization.

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

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My summer reads

President Darren Walker shares his 2014 summer reading list.

Jee, Kim, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government

Behind the curtain: One theory of social change

Read one program officer's process of trying to articulate his work's theory of change.

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How I learned to love crowdsourcing

Learn how and why Ford used crowdsourcing to help frame its new website.

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Philanthropy in a complex world

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.