The intersecting crises of climate change and inequality threaten to make an outmoded vision of perpetuity, at best, obsolete—and, at worst, destructive. We must join together, with urgency and purpose, to ensure the work of justice lives on in perpetuity, as does the planet on which our very survival depends.
At Ford, we’re no strangers to the heat. But we know what we’re fighting for—a democracy that fulfills the American founding ideal of representation. Inclusion is patriotic, and together, we can build a truly equal society that extends the promise of America to all.
On the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, Darren Walker reflects on his death as a reaffirmation of our shared humanity and calls for us to carry on the work to dismantle systemic racism in solidarity.
Derek Chauvin’s verdict is a victory for accountability and shows what’s possible if we keep doing the work of dismantling systemic racism and transforming public safety. This work remains urgent—and requires tenacity.
We share a singular and sacred duty to protect the right to vote—to safeguard our government of the people, by the people, for the people. In response to Georgia’s restrictive voting laws, Darren Walker joins more than 700 leaders in defense of democracy to protect every American’s right to vote.
Before coronavirus, and post—years from now, that is how this period will be remembered. Racism and inequity cannot define the coming era as they have in the past. The work starts with collective action.
Over the last year, hate-fueled attacks against Asian Americans have spiked by 150 percent in major US cities with the most deadly taking place this week in Atlanta. But anti-Asian racism has been an American fixture for centuries, threatening democracy and the promise of equality.
How can employers help curb the pandemic? By valuing workers. Darren Walker and Chuck Robbins lay out how safety measures like paid sick leave and protective equipment are not only key to fighting COVID-19, but are also part of a larger movement demanding equitable conditions for workers.
As the world watched America’s Capitol stormed and its very ideal of democracy attacked, president Darren Walker reflects on the white supremacy that has not only plagued US politics for centuries but also thwarted the country’s chances at living up to its promise.
As America faces a pandemic of pandemics, the very idea of democracy is being tested. As the country mourns and works to move forward, President Darren Walker makes the case for moral leadership to reimagine a future grounded in equality and justice for all.
As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30, president Darren Walker reflects on the movement that made it all possible and why integrating disability into the fight for justice is the only path to achieve equality for all.
Congressman John Lewis was a righteous force for a more AmericanUnited States and a fairer, better world. President Darren Walker reflects on the life of the civil rights icon and his legacy of good troublemaking.
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.