The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. They believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.
Headquartered in New York City, they make grants in all 50 states, and through 10 regional offices around the world, they support programs in more than 50 countries.
The foundation was created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford. It is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company.
They believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives.
In addressing this reality, they are guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.
Across eight decades, their mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
They believe that social movements are built upon individual leadership, strong institutions, and innovative, often high-risk ideas. While the specifics of what they work on have evolved over the years, investments in these three areas have remained the touchstones of everything they do and are central to their theory of how change happens in the world. These approaches have long distinguished the Ford Foundation, and they have had a profound cumulative impact.
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