Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social-justice philanthropy with a mission to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Organizations Must Reorient Work to Center Workers
These last 18 months constitute a watershed. On one side, history’s tributaries run in one direction; on the other, toward something new. Years from now, we will refer to these periods as the B.C. and...By Darren Walker August 11, 2021
How Corporations Can Address Racial Inequality
Since protests over the killing of George Floyd erupted across the country, I’ve received numerous calls from corporate CEOs who want to know what they should do, and where can they quickly donate $10 million...By Darren Walker August 4, 2020
A Lesson on Philanthropy From Martin Luther King Jr.
In the year before the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. prepared a series of sermons that would become the book Strength to Love. This was King at his most prodigious and enduring, affirming...By Darren Walker February 20, 2020
Art Doesn’t Just Imitate Life. It Infuses It With a Radical Kind of Hope
'Today we find ourselves in a moment of possibility'By Darren Walker February 7, 2019
Darren Walker: Giving Back Is a Birthright
Charity--humanity's most benevolent impulse--is a timeless and borderless virtue, dating at least to the dawn of religious teaching. Philanthropy as we understand it today, however, is a distinctly American phenomenon, inseparable from the nation that...By Darren Walker June 30, 2016
Darren Walker to Grads: 'Stand For Something'
Watch the Ford Foundation president's New York University commencement speechBy Darren Walker May 19, 2016
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