Topic: Economic Inequality
New Research: Early Work-Relief Program, Urban Planning, Educational Broadcasting, and International Studies in the 1930s
Four new research reports delve into unique stories drawn from the history of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.
A story recounting many accusations, from rigged elections to the meddling of big private money in grassroots organizing.
Applying a vast fortune to the American race problem, but with decades of false assumptions and well-intended approaches that fell short.
How a charismatic community activist from Watts challenged a foundation’s civil rights strategy.
An early twentieth-century foundation tried using its endowment to support for-profit projects that also would achieve a social goal.
In 1968, the Ford Foundation began to make social investments using a new tool borrowed from the for-profit world, the Program-Related Investment.
In the years before Brown v. Board, a philanthropic fund hoped research and data would turn the tide on attitudes toward segregation.
How the largest US foundation began supporting market-based projects in the late 1960s.