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Vital Rural Communities

Back Fence Speaker Series »

The Ford Institute brings in the experts — from scholars to your neighbors. They share their knowledge and answer your questions. Back Fence events are free and open to the community. 

Community Ambassadors »

This program was offered to participants following graduation from a Ford Institute Leadership Cohort.

Leadership Program »

From 2003 to 2016, the Ford Institute's primary method for achieving community vitality was through a series of training classes called the Ford Institute Leadership Program. 

Children, Youth & Families

Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention »

The Ford Family Foundation is partnering with nonprofits to deliver a nationally acclaimed training: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children. It's a two-hour workshop designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Offered at minimal or no cost.


Artists in Residencies »

Through the Visual Arts program, two-year residency programs provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work.

Artist Convenings »

The Visual Arts program also brings the Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts together annually for special convenings.

Postsecondary success

Postsecondary Preparation »

The Ford Family Foundation works to increase the number of rural students who are aware of, prepared for and enrolled in post-secondary education or training. We have partnered with Oregon GEAR UP, an organization, which helps students meet their educational goals. 

Scholarship Programs - Conferences »

Recipients of Ford Family scholarships receive much more than money. The Foundation works to develop a long-term relationship with such students. Conferences, special events and counseling are just some of the additional benefits that recipients receive.

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