This week’s contributors to the Philanthropy & Inequality Forum—particularly Alice O’Connor and I—made mention of the Ford Foundation’s recent announcement to make global inequality its principal grantmaking focus. Before moving on with the forum on Monday with contributions by Karen Ferguson, Leah Gordon, and Daniel Geary, here is a list of other pieces from various other publications reacting to Ford’s statement. Of course, please Tweet or write to us with articles and posts we might have missed and we’ll update this list:
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Alex Daniels reports on Ford’s announcement. This piece provides further context to the organization’s own press release, available on its website.
- Last month, Nonprofit Quarterly’s Editor in Chief Ruth McCambridge interviewed leaders at Ford including its vice president for Global Communication and three program vice presidents. This interview provides readers with a greater understanding of the organization’s decision to pursue inequality and its means for addressing it. Months earlier in March, Nonprofit Quarterly published its three-month focus on inequality. Ruth McCambridge writes that the series was meant “to focus the sector on reversing the out-of-control financial trends that have led to ever-greater income inequality since the end of the recession.” Most of the pieces in this series, though, seem to exist behind a paywall. Please let us know if any of these pieces are released so that we can include their links.
- On feministing, Maria Rohani asks what the Ford Foundation’s focus on inequality means for feminists.
- Inside Philanthropy’s David Callahan outlines some of the internal and external tensions that the Ford Foundation likely will confront from staff members and grantees, for example, as it reshapes its funding practices.
- Foundation Center President Brad Smith discusses why more American foundations don’t easily embrace the word “inequality,” even though they are ideally suited to tackle the topic.
- There is also, of course, Erica Kohl-Arenas’s piece in openDemocracy which we have mentioned earlier on this site. It questions whether the Ford Foundation will distinguish itself from the sector’s past efforts to address inequality.
-Maribel Morey, HistPhil co-founder