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Ford Foundation

Founders Edsel Ford Henry Ford


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Total investments 13
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 13
Rounds per year 0.15
Lead investments 2
Exits 2
Key employees 8

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Digital Media
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • News

In 1936 was created Ford Foundation, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The main department of described Corporate Investor is located in the New York. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The overall number of key employees were 8.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 participants. Despite the Ford Foundation, startups are often financed by Emerson Collective, Wendi Murdoch, SunFunder. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Libra Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Libra Foundation, TLSG.

The top amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. When the investment is from Ford Foundation the average startup value is 100-500 millions dollars. The real fund results show that this Corporate Investor is 6 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. The important activity for fund was in 2017. This Ford Foundation works on 15 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations.

For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Health Care, Publishing. The fund has exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 11-15 years to receive the investment from the fund. Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Macro, Macro, Univision Communications

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Financial Services
$10M19 May 2022 Mexico City, Mexico


Financial Services
Impact Investing
$2M27 Jan 2022 New York, New York, United States


Information Services
Information Technology
$21M09 Nov 2021 New York, New York, United States

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

$1M19 Apr 2021 Stanford, California, United States

d.light design

Renewable Energy
$5M24 Oct 2019 Berkeley, California, United States

Digital Media
Media and Entertainment
$20M23 Sep 2018 New York, New York, United States

Clintonel Innovation Centre

Mechanical Engineering
$30K17 Mar 2018 Aba, Abia, Nigeria


Delivery Service
Food Delivery
$20K16 Mar 2018 Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria


Digital Media
Media and Entertainment
$150M03 Oct 2017 Los Angeles, California, United States
The Markup Takes On Tech Inequities with $2.5 Million Grant from the Ford Foundation

– The Markup has been awarded a $2.5m grant from the Ford Foundation.
– This grant is a part of its prestigious Social Bond initiative, supporting critical, pioneering organizations working to build a more just, equitable world.
– The Markup will develop its privacy-forward analytics approach and continue its one-of-a-kind investigative journalism.
– The Markup has already made waves with tools like Citizen Browser, a custom web browser that measures how disinformation travels across social media platforms and Blacklight, a website privacy inspector which uncovers the third-party user-tracking technologies that businesses are using on their sites.
– In 2019, The Markup welcomed Nabiha Syed as the organization’s first president, in advance of the publication’s launch in February 2020.


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