Through the Years: Ford Fund Hispanic Outreach
Initiated partnerships with HSF and HCF to help make education a top priority for Latino students. To date millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to Hispanic students.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Started collaboration with LULAC to support policy-making initiatives and develop education programs to benefit the Latino community.
Somos El Futuro Collaboration with Somos El Futuro, Inc. to create opportunities to increase the participation of the Hispanic community in the public policy-making process.
Cuban American National Council (CNC) Began supporting CNC’s early childhood education, finance, health and wellness and workforce development initiatives. Ford Fund continues supporting CNC’s Hispanic Youth Program which has made significant progress in closing the academic achievement gap.
Community of Honor outreach initiative in collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. A state-based advisory board of elected officials — including Latino leaders at all levels of the community – was created to increase local participation in cultural and arts exhibitions.
Visiones del Pueblo: The Folk Art of Latin America Collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art in celebration of the 500 years from when Christopher Columbus officially set foot in the Americas. This was the first major exhibition of Latin American folk art and Ford Fund underwrote a bilingual educational program which accompanied this exhibition.
Ford began helping corporate advisory boards of national organization such as UnidosUS, formerly National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR); Service, Employment and Redevelopment (SER) National; and Cuban American National Council (CNC); to increase corporate participation in Latino nonprofits.
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) NHFA is founded and Ford Fund begins supporting opportunities for young Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries by providing scholarships to talented students from arts and performance schools across the country.
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. (LA SED) For more than 28 years, Ford and LA SED — Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. — have been collaborating to strengthen the Latino community in Detroit. In total, Ford Fund has invested nearly $1 million in LA SED programs and initiatives.
Ford Fund begins supporting USHLI scholars and programs to help Latino students succeed.
Created in collaboration with the National Latino Children’s Institute to raise awareness about child passenger safety to Latinos, in response to data that showed most car deaths with children at that time were suffered by members of the Hispanic community.
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Ford is a corporate founder of CHLI — an organization dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. Ford Fund started the CHLI Internship Program (later renamed the CHLI Global Leaders program), which it still supports today, along with the organization’s Future Leaders program that began in 2007.
Ford Fund partnered with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to present Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement – a traveling exhibition that highlighted the diversity of contemporary Latino success in the United States. The exhibition toured 13 cities from 2004-2009.
Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits Ford Fund and SITES presented another exhibition, Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, which explored Latin American art and history through portraiture. Launched in 2004, this exhibit toured four U.S. cities through 2006.
Launched a child passenger safety seat initiative in partnership with Meharry Medical College and local community-based organizations in Detroit, Dallas and Nashville. The initiative continued during the National Child Passenger Safety Week annual campaign, helping bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats or seat belts.
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Partnership Ford becomes a member of HACR and was one of the founding sponsors for HACR’s Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers (YHCA), Corporate Executive Forum (CEF) in 2008, and Corporate Achievers Summit (CAS) in 2011.
Ford Fund teams up with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and its councils across the country to help combat dropout rates of Hispanic high school students by providing scholarships and community grants to implement programs aimed at encouraging students to pursue higher education.
Hispanic Federation’s Lucha Contra el Hambre Hunger Intitiative Ford Fund joins forces with Hispanic Federation to help ensure that the most vulnerable families in New York City and its surrounding areas have access to food through Lucha Contra el Hambre.
Ford Fund once again partnered with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) to present American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music. This traveling exhibition toured 12 cities from 2011-2015, highlighting the powerful influence of Latino music and culture on the pop mainstream in the years post World War II.
Ford Fund teamed up with First Book to deliver educational resources to children in key Hispanic communities across the country. To date, more than 100,000 book donations have been delivered through this partnership, which has since expanded to include STEAM and literacy activities.
Ford Driving Dreams expands to Panama After four successful years in the U.S. promoting on-time high school graduation, Ford expands its signature Ford Driving Dreams program internationally, launching in Panama through a partnership with United Way Panama.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) After more than 20 years of supporting numerous CHCI initiatives, Ford Fund began supporting the R2L™ (Ready to Lead) Next Gen program, which takes high school students from Ford Driving Dreams schools across the country to Washington, D.C. to build upon their personal and professional experiences as young leaders and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities.
Ford Fund partners with Ford of Argentina to support Atomic Lab’s Argentinaton — the Argentina nonprofit’s 15,000-mile road trip in a Ford Ranger outfitted with a solar powered 3-D printer to deliver prosthetic limbs to children and people in need.
TalenPro TalenPro combines entertainment, culture, social responsibility and education through a talent competition for youth which Ford Fund supported by providing scholarships as part of the Ford Driving Dreams efforts.
Ford Driving Dreams launches #FordFluencer at Hispanicize Ford Driving Dreams teamed up with ASPIRA of Florida to launch a digital engagement and media mentorship pilot program called #FordFluencer at the annual Hispanicize (Miami) event.
Central Florida Empowerment Initiative Hispanic Federation and Ford Fund launch the Central Florida Empowerment Initiative to help uplift the growing Puerto Rican community in Central Florida.
Ford Driving Dreams expands to Mexico and Orlando, Florida Ford Driving Dreams reached another milestone when it launched in Mexico City, in collaboration with United Way Mexico and the Ford Dealers Civic Committee, to support the nearly 200 Ford schools they have built across Mexico. A collaboration with Hispanic Federation brought the program to Orlando, as well, to support the increase in Puerto Rican outmigration after Hurricane Maria.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) After more than 15 years of supporting HACU’s mission to champion Hispanic success in higher education, Ford Fund launched its signature Ford College Community Challenge program for undergraduate student teams who attend HACU-member Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Through this initiative, students design and develop innovative solutions that address urgent and unmet community needs.
Ford Fund teams up with eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting the Americas, to support the development of innovative programs and opportunities across South Florida and Latin America.
Ford Driving Dreams expands overseas; launches in Spain Ford Driving Dreams teams up with the Asociación para la Intregración y Progreso de las Culturas (AIPC Pandora) to bring the program to Valencia, Spain and promote opportunities for social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Atomic Lab Ford Fund continues partnership with Gino Tubaro, founder of Argentina nonprofit Atomic Lab, by supporting the inventor’s mentoring organization and presenting Tubaro the first Ford Fund Entrepreneurship Ambassador Award.
Smithsonian Latino Gallery Ford Fund is one of the first corporate contributors to the Smithsonian Latino Center Center’s Latino Gallery, scheduled to open at the National Museum of American History in fall 2021.
Emerging Latina Music Recognition Pilot Program Ford Fund expanded collaboration with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® to launch a new initiative recognizing emerging Latin music female high school seniors. Top music students from Miami high schools that benefited from the Latin GRAMMY In The Schools programs are nominated for the recognition and three students receive prizes to support their education.