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Ford Foundation

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.

Geographic Focus

US, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Central America

Programme Areas

All work aims to challenge inequality.

The foundation is active in 7 programme areas:
• Civic Engagement and Government
• Free Expression and Creativity
• Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice
• Cities and States
• Future of work(ers)
• Natural resources and climate change
• Technology and society

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