Bonnie Ford, remembered for a life of service

October 22, 2015: The Ford Family Foundation is mourning the passing of Bonnie Ford, the second wife of our founder, Kenneth Ford. Bonnie Ford was an enthusiastic supporter of all of the Foundation’s work and most especially of our scholarship students.

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We have lost friends, relatives

October 12, 2015 (Updated October 18, 2015): We continue to grieve the unspeakable loss that happened on October 1, 2015, at Umpqua Community College. We at The Ford Family Foundation have lost friends and relatives. Like everyone in the Roseburg area, we are doing our best to comfort one another. A week ago we attended funerals of beautiful people whose lives were cut short.

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Putting a new focus on community efforts

In July, Ford Institute Director Roque Barros and Associate Director Max Gimbel met with a community action team in Ontario. The group had identified 10 priorities after a Ford Institute partner-led Alumni Celebration. After deliberation, the group decided to move ahead with a family recreation center. They had already drafted a 90-day work plan, which included a pledge to listen to 1,000 community residents. 

they were listening, engaging, and making a plan

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Our Kids

Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students — "our kids" — went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs, drawing on a formidable body of research done just for this book.

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Weed fire: Recovery begins after a disaster

On the morning of Sept. 15, 2014, people in the northern California community of Weed were enjoying a sunny fall day. Children were settling into their week at school. The Weed Community Center’s gym was echoing with the sound of teen-agers attending a countywide Athlete Committed event.

And then everything changed. 

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Make the Impossible Possible

This inspirational book showcases the lessons learned by Bill Strickland as he worked with disadvantaged children and adults in Pittsburgh, Penn., through the jobs training center and community arts program he founded. “I’m not a businessman at all,” Strickland writes. “…my mission is to turn people’s lives around.” This book will tell you how, in 200 highly readable pages. 

The Resilience Dividend

With a richly anecdotal range of stories, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the

Worlds Apart

When it was first published in 1999, Worlds Apart gave readers a glimpse of the nature of poverty through the stories of real people in three remote rural areas of the United States: New England, Appalachia, and the Mississippi Delta. In this new edition, Duncan returns to her original research, interviewing some of the same people as well as some new key informants. Duncan provides powerful new insights into the dynamics of poverty, politics, and community change.

The Wisdom of Communities

Former Ford Institute Director Tom Gallagher traces the Institute's history from an idea through program creation. Gallagher covers the development of the Institute's leadership program, its refinement and growth, and lessons learned. Short feature articles  bring the statistics to life. Organizations and individuals who are creating their own community-capacity program will benefit from this inside look at what transpired over a decade at the Ford Institute.

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