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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.
This program was offered to participants following graduation from a Ford Institute Leadership Cohort.
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.
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.
Through the Visual Arts program, two-year residency programs provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work.
The Visual Arts program also brings the Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts together annually for special convenings.
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.
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.