Studying diversity in arts and culture organizations

Supported by the foundation, a New York City initiative will review the diversity of the boards, staffs, and audiences of cultural organizations in the city—part of an effort to make diversity a priority for these institutions. “This isn’t about racism or purposeful exclusion of people,” the Ford Foundation's President Darren Walker told the New York Times. “This is about sophisticated leaders of boards simply not knowing who to turn to for help, because when they look among their own friends, their business associates, their neighbors, they don’t see much diversity.”

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The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation has headquarters in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.