Each year, the Ford Foundation issues about 1,400 grants to organizations fighting injustice around the globe. The foundation, through its endowment, awards these grants to individuals and institutions with bold ideas that will help us achieve our mission of building a truly equitable world.
Our teams of program officers identify the most pressing issues—and the organizations , creating solutions to those issues that need funding to advance their work
They review and assess each organization’s proposal and, once approved, issue a tailored grant to the organization. The grants are monitored through ongoing meetings, visits, and reports to make sure the organizations are on the best path to drive lasting social change.
In 2016, we introduced a five-year, $1 billion initiative, known as BUILD, to make our grantmaking all the more impactful. By providing more flexible funding, BUILD puts our grantees in the driver’s seat, allowing them to decide how to use the funds we provide to become stronger, more resilient organizations. Given its success, we dedicated another $1 billion in 2021 to continue this landmark program.
We are committed to continuing to evolve our grantmaking to become smarter, more effective partners to the leaders and organizations we support, so we can build a future grounded in equality, together.
For more information, please visit: How we make grants
This is part of the Ford Explainer series, which details how the foundation is working to reimagine philanthropy.