Original text from Ford Foundation Web site, January 2012.
The Ford Foundation supports a broad number of organizations, particularly those that support social change and have trustees all over the world. As a foundation they believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have a voice in the decisions that affect them.
“[They] believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In [their] experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.”
Ford’s three main programs areas are through supporting organizations and individuals that
1) provide economic security which will help make broader earning power possible for low-income families, including increasing skills and sustaining livelihoods,
2) advance human rights efforts for all people and help all have a voice in their community and society, and
3) offer opportunities for education, creativity, knowledge, and self-expression in a way that supports, enriches, and advances the lives of others.
Last year, for their 75th anniversary, Ford featured twelve grantees who were (and are) changing the world. Being on the frontlines of dealing with “key social issues,” each of them was awarded Ford’s first set of Visionary Awards. To learn more about them, connect here.
Learn more about Twelve Grantees
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