Ford Foundation

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The Ford Foundation was founded in 1936 by Edsel Ford and two Ford Motor Company executives.[1]


For more than a century, the "Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide." The Foundation's stated goals are to:

  • Strengthen democratic values
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Promote international cooperation
  • Advance human achievement

As one of the largest mainstream foundations, Ford has been singled out for criticism by conservative groups seeking to 'defund the left'.[1]

Former Presidents [2]

Trustees (2023)

Trustees (2020)=

  • Francisco G. Cigarroa, Darren Walker, Ursula M. Burns, Amy C. Falls, Henry Ford III, Lourdes Lopez, Paula Moreno, Peter A. Nadosy, Gbenga Oyebode, Ai-jen Poo, Cecile Richards, Chuck Robbins, Bryan Stevenson, Gabrielle Sulzberger [4]

Trustees (2008)

Accessed October 2008: [5]

Former Trustees

Issue Directors

Accessed March 2010: [6]

Democracy, Rights and Justice - headed by Maya L. Harris,

Economic Opportunity and Assets - headed by Pablo J. Faraas

Education, Creativity and Free Expression - headed by Alison R. Bernstein

Education, Media, Arts and Culture Team in 1999 Annual Report

Office of the Vice President

Footnotes - Kenneth B. Wilson becomes senior director on July 2, 2000.

Media, Arts and Culture


In 2000, the following two are added to the board


Projects Funded by the Ford Foundation

To view details of some of the projects funded by the Ford Foundation see Ford Foundation/Projects supported by the Ford Foundation.


Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017 USA
Phone: (212) 573-5000
Fax: (212) 351-3677

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Ford Foundation, "History", accessed December 2007.
  2. Ford Foundation Presidents, 1936-Present, Ford Foundation, accessed February 2, 2008.
  3. Ford Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed March 5, 2023.
  4. Ford Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2020.
  5. Directors, Ford Foundation, accessed October 22, 2008.
  6. Issues, Ford Foundation, accessed March 2, 2010.

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