The Ford Foundation building in Midtown, Manhattan. Photo by: Inhabitat / CC BY-NC-ND

BARCELONA — A hiring program at the Ford Foundation is helping ex-prisoners reenter the world of work, in an example of how philanthropic organizations could make their workforces more inclusive, according to William Kelley, director of talent acquisition.

Created in partnership with the Bard Prison Initiative, which provides college education to people in prison, the program aims to help formerly incarcerated people develop skills and prepare for the marketplace through work placements.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.