The Ford Foundation, founded in 1936, operated through local philanthropy in the state of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and international foundation. Since its inception, it has been an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation. The funds derive from an investment portfolio that began with gifts of Ford Motor Company stock at the bequest of Henry and Edsel Ford. The foundation no longer has company stock and its diversified portfolio is managed to provide a perpetual source of support for the foundation’s programmes and operations. The trustees of the foundation set policy, delegating authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grantmaking and operations.
To strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
US, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Central America
All work aims to challenge inequality.
The foundation is active in 7 programme areas:
• Civic Engagement and Government
• Free Expression and Creativity
• Equitable Development
• Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice
• Inclusive Economies’
• Internet Freedom
• Youth Opportunity and Learning
Civic Engagement and Government
Supports expanding participation, government and equitable resources
Free Expression and Creativity
Supports justice storytelling and 21st century arts infrastructure
Supports just cities and regions and natural resources and climate change
Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice
Supports freedom and dignity, and the rights of women and girls
Supports quality work and economic security, and impact investing
Supports digital rights and access, and technology for the public interest
Youth Opportunity and Learning
Supports pathways for youth success and new generation leadership