Darren Walker appears on WBUR's "Here and Now"
Darren joins host Robin Young to discuss the foundation's new focus on inequality and our vision for the future, which we call FordForward.
Published on WBUR.org | November 9, 2015
Ford Foundation Making Cuts To Focus On Inequality
As the 10th president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker is spelling out a new vision for the foundation, which is the second-largest private grant-maker in the U.S. The plan is called FordForward, and Walker blogged this weekend that it involves an organization-wide shift towards a focus on reducing inequality.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that means a focus away from some areas such as LGBT rights in the U.S., microfinance, and religious dialogue.
As part of Here & Now’s View From The Top series, Walker tells host Robin Young about the changes. He also notes that when he was a child in Texas, he was a member of the inaugural class of Head Start, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative.
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