Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.
Moving scholarship by and about women from margin to center.
What began as an attempt to find more job opportunities for historians went further and launched a new field.
How a charismatic community activist from Watts challenged a foundation’s civil rights strategy.
In 1968, the Ford Foundation began to make social investments using a new tool borrowed from the for-profit world, the Program-Related Investment.
Care for the dying, not care for a cure, was a new idea in the 1970s.
Environmental education was once an unusual idea. The Audubon Society changed that and became the household name it is today.
When a friendly interaction unexpectedly emerged between American and Chinese table tennis players, one nonprofit seized the opportunity to support broader cultural diplomacy.