Economic justice organizations are always subject to volatility due to the economy’s cyclical nature. But when faced with a pandemic, they have struggled to survive. Thanks to BUILD’s unique approach to funding, they have become armed to take on today’s challenges and build a worker-led economy.
As Russia escalates its attacks on Ukraine, we are being confronted once again with the defining conflict of our time: the great contest between authoritarian rule and democratic values. Ukraine holds a warning for the world over and we must act now to protect the future of global democracy.
In 1979, Franklin Thomas became the first Black president of the Ford Foundation, taking the helm of the philanthropy at its most perilous hour. Over the next 17 years, he would transform the foundation, establishing himself as an iconic figure not just in Ford’s history but around the world through his efforts to drive human progress and advance justice.
AMAN supports over 17 million Indigenous people across Indonesia, protecting against threats to their land from extractive industries and supporting education, food sovereignty, and traditional culture. Through a BUILD grant, AMAN was able to create a technology infrastructure to connect disparate communities—key to surviving COVID-19.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is the beating heart of the Black community in New Orleans. When activist and poet Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes took over in 2020, she faced an uphill financial battle. Through a BUILD grant, she found the support, tools and words to succeed.
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.
Around the world, Black feminists are leading intersectional movements for social justice—but they are drastically underfunded. The new Black Feminist Fund will support this powerful global community long overlooked by philanthropy. The fund’s three founders outline why now is the time to back Black feminists.
On the 20th anniversary, we reflect on what we’ve learned since 9/11, the movement for justice led by Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities to combat the xenophobia that followed, and how we can apply those lessons to the crises facing America today.
Ten years after the Arab Spring, lingering injustices and continued conflict test and inspire artists across the Middle East and North Africa. Meet six artists who tell the story of the region and remind us that humanity transcends borders.
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.
The Always Essential campaign brings together a broad, game-changing coalition of activists, organizations, and working people to advance economic justice, and improve wages, working conditions and bargaining power for essential workers. Pandemic or no pandemic, working people are Always Essential.
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.
Care work makes all other work possible, but it’s not treated that way. For years, advocates have called to redefine care in America and reimagine an economy that works for everyone, especially essential workers. A new fund, seeded by Ford, builds on those efforts to support a future grounded in care.
How does a social justice organization successfully expand across the US in a few short years? See how BUILD helped Alliance for Safety and Justice become resilient enough to make a bold expansion work, taking their successes in California across the country.
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.
In the midst of one of history’s most tumultuous years, president Darren Walker sat down with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl to talk about the challenges facing the world and how we must reimagine philanthropy to answer the call for justice.
In our “post-truth” world, we are all overwhelmed by information. In-person interactions struggle to compete with the ceaseless barrage of push notifications popping up on our mobile devices. Attention, trust, and full presence are now among our scarcest resources.
Kevin Ryan joined the Ford Foundation’s Equitable Development team earlier this year, leading our grant making in Detroit. Here, the Detroit native talks about his family’s history in the city and region, the changes he’s seen in Detroit over the years, and the shape and scope of the foundation’s grant making there.
Global Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government
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.
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.
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.