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The Ford Foundation

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    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    The Ford Foundation


    The Ford Foundation believes in the inherent dignity of all people. Yet around the world, billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives.

    The Foundation views this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything they do.

    The Foundation has identified five underlying drivers of inequality—common factors that, worldwide, contribute to inequality's many manifestations:

    • Entrenched Cultural Narratives that undermine fairness, tolerance, and inclusion
    • Failure to Invest in and Protect Vital Public Goods such as education and natural resources.
    • Unfair Rules of the Economy that magnify unequal opportunities and outcomes
    • Unequal Access to Government decision making and resources
    • Persistent Prejudice and Discrimination against women, people with disabilities and racial, ethnic, and caste minorities

    To address and respond to these drivers, the Ford Foundation works and make grants in seven interconnected areas that together, they believe, can help challenge inequality.

    • Cities and States: cities and states play an important role in piloting innovative policies and practices that advance equitable development, expand democracy and reduce racial disparities in a way that reinforces and fuels national change.
    • Civic Engagement and Government: In the United States, the Foundation believes that meaningful civic engagement is an antidote to inequality, with rich potential to empower underrepresented and marginalized communities that have too often been silenced. Across the globe, the Foundation works to protect and help civic spaces thrive to ensure all people have the opportunity to raise their voices, influence decisions, and hold governments to account.
    • Creativity and Free Expression: Across our work the Foundation prioritizes support to artist-driven projects and organizations that include deep and meaningful engagement with communities.
    • Future of Work(ers): focused on ensuring that all workers, regardless of their status, have equal rights to labor protections, that social protections are guaranteed to all, and that workers shape the policies and economic systems that affect their lives.
    • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice: The Foundation is committed to shifting repressive power dynamics and strengthening the rights and influence of those most affected by violence, oppression and injustice across the globe.
    • Natural Resources and Climate Change: The Foundation's goal is to foster agency among rural communities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Indonesia—helping them to secure land rights and have their say in the planning of projects. 
    • Technology and Society: To ensure that technology develops to meet the needs of the public, the Foundation supports the growth of technically sophisticated, diverse organizations dedicated to advancing equitable and more inclusive digital spaces and systems. 

    History of Funding

    The Foundation has funded 4,442 grants to 2,411 organizations totaling $1,941,052,570 over the past five years.

    A database of grantees is available here:

    Additional Information

    The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy's Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.


    The Ford Foundation Staff

    The Ford Foundation Staff
    320 E. 43rd St
    New York City, NY 10017-4801
    (212) 573-5000

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