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The Ford Foundation provides grants or loans that address the issues of democratic and accountable government, human rights, social justice philanthropy, economic fairness, metropolitan opportunity (jobs, schools transportation, housing), sustainable development, educational opportunity and scholarship, freedom of expression, and sexuality and reproductive health and rights. The foundation was chartered in 1936 by Edsel Ford. As of 2009, more than USD 15.6 billion has been distributed worldwide.

Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) Profile:

Organization’s Website:

Just the Facts:

Country of Incorporation: United States

Year Founded: 1936

Legal Status: Foundation

Fund Assets (as of day/month/year): USD 11 billion (as of 31/December/08)

Ford Foundation

MicroCapital: On microfinance, mobile money, SMEs and other forms of impact Investing

320 East 43rd Street

New York, N.Y. 10017 USA

Tel. +1 212 573 5000

Fax +1

212 351 3677


Additional Resources:

Latest News from the Ford Foundation

CGAP, Dell Foundation, Ford Foundation and MIX Market Announce New Social Performance Reporting Award Winners AMK, FINCA Peru, Prisma Peru and Asasah (June 2009)

Barack Obama, Roots in Microfinance, Ties to USAID, Ford Foundation, Asian Development Bank, Bank Rakyat, Womens World Banking and Chicago’s Shorebank (November 2008)

Intellecap and Ford Foundation Accepting Applications From Second-tier Indian Microfinance Institutions for Support in Attracting Investment (June 2008)

The Grameen Foundation’s Microfinance Awards Honors LAPO of Nigeria, Pro Mujer Bolivia, and the Ford Foundation’s Asset Building & Community Development Program (November 2006)

Tegucigalpa 2006: Ford Foundation Continues Integrated Microfinance Investment Strategy to Foster Strong Managers with Soft Skills (July 2006)

Link to Microcapital Universe wiki page

Authored by Kenny Kline, Research Associate

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