Civic space is essential to fighting inequality

At the Ford Foundation, we are invested in expanding civic space and democracy. We know from history that ordinary people have the potential to keep leaders and institutions accountable by advocating for ideas and movements. Access to civic space helps ensure a fair and equitable future for all.


Heumann nature: The life and legacy of disability rights activist Judy Heumann

Civil rights advocate Judy Heumann was instrumental in the development and passage of integral pieces of legislation that advanced the inclusion of disabled people around the world. Judy’s career spanned decades as she worked tirelessly for disability rights.


America’s Cultural Treasures

America’s Cultural Treasures is an initiative to acknowledge and honor the diversity of artistic expression and excellence in the United States and provide critical funding to organizations that have made a significant impact on the cultural landscape, despite historic underinvestment.

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Justice by the numbers

What happens when a technologist joins forces with an organization like the ACLU of Massachusetts? The single largest dismissal of wrongful convictions in U.S. history. An innovative partnership between the nonprofit and public technologist Paola Villarreal enabled lawyers to build a story based on data and expose injustice.

Map outline of all the States that make up the South with a picture of a young child holding a candle and the text: The American South.

The Story of the South is the Story of America

The South is the fastest-growing region in the United States, and has long been an incubator for social change. Today, southerners from every walk of life are joining forces to usher in a Third Reconstruction, showing America what’s possible when it confronts its history, reconciles with its differences, and reimagines a more perfect, more just union together.

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Clap Back against Worker Inequity. Join Workers and Activists to Reimagine The Economy.

We believe that all workers are essential, regardless of a pandemic. Together with our grantees, workers, and activists, we are working toward an economy that works for everyone.

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Census 2020 – Stand up for the count

In 2020, serious challenges faced the census. The underfunded Census Bureau implemented the first US Census conducted online, creating the potential for hacking and system crashes, and online disinformation campaigns. A strong coalition of foundations and advocates are leveraged resources and relationships, working in partnership to assure a fair and accurate count.