Partnering with Ford to Build Power in the States


For many organizations, particularly in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, the 2016 election brought about a profound moment of reckoning. This prompted serious reflection about whether the work we have been doing is adequate to achieve the goal of a more just, equitable, and compassionate country.

One year later, we are grateful for moments of hope and joy that come from working with clients and partners who are bringing about the kind of deep transformation needed to advance justice. We are learning to lean into these spaces of joy and hope, and want to amplify these stories so we can share in the possibilities they bring.

One of these stories is of how MAG and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California worked together with the Ford Foundation to change how Ford is investing in challenging inequality and strengthening democracy in the United States. As a result of our work together, the foundation was able to rapidly re-envision their state-level investments, ultimately committing to fund its new state strategy initiative for five years and shifting organizational culture and internal collaboration processes to support this initiative. We invite you to read more about the path we took with Ford and PERE in this case story