Talk:Ford Foundation

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It is obvious that whomever wrote and approved the description of Henry Ford for this site was more concerned with promoting the zionist cause than providing a balanced definition of Henry Ford. Fords contributions to the world were far more profound than his positions on jews and jewish influence. The narrow view given on this site can never distract thinking minds from the truth of Henry Fords greatness. gp martin clearwater florida

spelling mistakes corrected

Researching the history of this article, found that both content and tone were materially altered July 5, 2004, by User and the change has remained unquestioned.

However, the changed entry is misleading, as links (1) and (2) lead back to the Ford Foundation website -- which links to totally different material -- and the material as currently inserted is unreferenced.

Recommend this article be re-edited, restoring the original documentation, and the non-referenced material be deleted.

Artificial Intelligence 11:15, 29 Nov 2005 (EST)

Edit notes

I have removed a lot of the preamble and historical material as it was a) inaccurate, b) unreferenced or c) referenced to an old version of the FF site. The page is still way oversize so I'll shift the list of grants to a side page. --Bob Burton 20:49, 18 December 2007 (EST)

  • "founded in 1936 by Henry Ford, well known anti-Semite and recipient of the Grand Cross of the German Eagle by Nazi diplomats in 1938."
actually it was founded by Edsel Ford; no ref on HF and anti-semitism or Grand Cross
  • The Foundation states it "operated as a local philanthropy in the state of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and inter-national foundation" and to have always been an "independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization" that has "provided slightly more than $10 billion in grants and loans ... [which] derive from an investment portfolio that began with gifts and bequests of Ford Motor Company stock by Henry Ford and Edsel Ford." [1]

In the 1950's after the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations gave the Council on Foreign Relations a $2.5 million grant; the Reece Committee, a congressional committee tasked with investigating the foundations influences upon government, listed them in its report (two each for Carnegie and Rockefeller, and three for Ford). In 1952 alone, when the chairman of Rand was also the Ford Foundation president, Ford gave one million dollars to Rand.

In 1966, former National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, who shaped US policy in the Vietnam War, was appointed president of the Ford Foundation. Under Bundy's leadership, the Foundation funded many of the liberal causes that defined 1960's politics including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund and legal aid groups.

After publications such as 'The Trojan Horse: A Radical Look at Foreign Aid ' by David Ransom in 1970 which included a chapter titled 'Ford Country: Building an Elite for Indonesia'; the Foundation went to great lengths to distance itself from the Ford family and companies. The "Foundation no longer owns Ford Motor Company stock, and its diversified portfolio is managed to provide a perpetual source of support for the Foundation's programs and operations."[2]

Foundation Trustees "set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the Foundation's grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Russia explore opportunities to pursue the Foundation's goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding."[3]

unreferenced or referenced to old pages.