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> Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation, founded in 1936 by Edsel Ford, son of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, is the United States’ second largest charitable foundation. The foundation has historically funded individuals, institutions, and ideas committed to promoting human welfare and dignity worldwide.

Recently, the foundation has announced a plan to shift their grantmaking to focus entirely on alleviating inequality. After conducting an analysis of each region in which the foundation is active, the research found five drivers of inequality, and developed six new program areas to reflect these drivers. These program areas (Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Gender, Ethnic, and Racial Justice, Inclusive Economies, Internet Freedom, and Youth Opportunity and Learning) are intended as a set of inter-connected themes to guide the foundation’s future grant-making.

Link to the Ford Foundation's Grants page