How we make grants

The Ford Foundation is the second-largest private foundation in the United States, with an endowment of $12 billion. We use our financial resources to help our grantees achieve the greatest possible impact. But what does that mean, exactly? In this series of videos, we explain how our funding fuels social change.

For more, explore our glossary of key grantmaking terms »
How our endowment works

Learn what makes us different from public charities, where our original endowment came from, and how careful stewardship of our assets will keep our mission alive for years to come.

How our grant making works

Though we’re changing the way we think about our grant-making areas, the basic process will remain more or less the same. Here we explain how proposals are reviewed and how grants are made and monitored.