Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. Yet around the world, billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives.  

We view this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything we do.

We have identified five underlying drivers of inequality—common factors that, worldwide, contribute to inequality’s many manifestations.

  • ENTRENCHED CULTURAL NARRATIVES that undermine fairness, tolerance, and inclusion
  • FAILURE TO INVEST IN AND PROTECT VITAL PUBLIC GOODS such as education and natural resources
  • UNFAIR RULES OF THE ECONOMY that magnify unequal opportunity and outcomes
  • UNEQUAL ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT decision making and resources
  • PERSISTENT PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION against women, people with disabilities and racial, ethnic, and caste minorities 

To address and respond to these drivers, we work and make grants in seven interconnected areas that together, we believe, can help challenge inequality.

  • Civic engagement and government
  • Creativity and free expression
  • Future of work
  • Gender, racial, and ethnic justice
  • Internet freedom
  • Just cities and regions
  • Natural resources and climate change 

We are always open to new ideas, and we invite you to submit yours through our short Online Form. We’ll review each one and get in touch if we are interested in learning more.  
Before submitting your idea, we suggest you familiarize yourself with our seven program areas focused on challenging inequality. For more information, and to access the Online Form, click on Link below.  

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For Grantwriting/Program Development Assistance:

Grants Office  
Phone: (585) 352-2773
Email: [email protected]


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