Letter from the President
Dear members of The Ford Family Foundation community,
As I reflect on the road we’ve traveled, I’m in awe of how our organization has grown and matured in service of rural children, families and communities. We have done so following the lead of the creative and courageous rural residents while holding on to the values of our founders, Kenneth W. Ford and Hallie E. Ford.
We are proud of our roots in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California and are steadfast in our commitment to championing rural causes, people and places. After all, community building is in our DNA.
We have the privilege of working alongside rural residents who are committed to building strong futures for their kids, families and neighbors. At the same time, we also see firsthand the effects of chronic under-investment in basic rural infrastructure such as communications, economic development and essential social and educational supports. These barriers only make it harder to achieve the long-term visions communities hold for themselves.
So whether you are a grant seeker, an artist, a student, a public official, a member of our extensive Ford Scholar alumni network, a rural entrepreneur or simply someone interested in making your town a better place, we welcome you into our community and look forward to working together to make things better.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our staff with questions or ideas about how we can work together to make rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, a place where we can all succeed.
Anne C. Kubisch
The Ford Family Foundation