Thirty Under 30

Ford Motor Company’s Thirty Under 30 program is an innovative philanthropic leadership course that matches young employees with nonprofits to address challenging social issues. Launched in 2016, the program is run by Ford Motor Company Fund as part of Executive Chairman Bill Ford’s vision to develop young employee leaders working to serve their communities. Each class is made up of 30 diverse Ford employees under the age of 30. These fellows are selected from hundreds of competitive applications across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bill Ford smiling while sitting with members from a Thirty under 30 class

Over the course of a year, they take time away from their jobs in engineering, finance, legal, manufacturing, purchasing, human resources, marketing, communications and IT departments to better understand how nonprofits operate, then work collaboratively to address major issues affecting people. The course introduces young employees to design thinking – an increasingly popular process incorporating various mindsets, tools and methods used to define and address complex problems.

The 30 fellows provide nonprofits with a different perspective on how to best engage new generations of donors and volunteers through technology, hands-on activities and other means.


Meet the Fellows:

The class of 2021 Economic Empowerment
The class of 2019 Community and neighborhood development
The class of 2018 Housing, homelessness, and shelter
The class of 2017 Food Insecurity
The class of 2016 Basic Needs


To learn about additional ways Ford Fund supports employee volunteering, click here.

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