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. . . advancing our commitment to diversity in academe

Through its Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Dear Friends:

Dr. Bai Akridge, Dr. Yolanda Comedy and others understood the immeasurable power of receiving a Ford Fellowship. Out of gratitude for this important academic and financial award and wanting to find a way for Ford Fellows to help increase the number of fellowship awards, in 1994 they started the Ford Fellows Fund. Since the fund's inception, Ford Fellows have personally contributed thousands of dollars to the fund. Several of you are the anonymous beneficiaries of these charitable contributions that helped provide additional fellowship awards.

I am honored to make a yearly appeal for the Ford Fellows Fund at the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, and will do so once again when we convene virtually this October. This year, my message will contain a sense of urgency, because the amount raised since my last appeal is relatively flat. This is due to a variety of factors, but one might certainly be the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our personal and professional lives.

I am writing to ask you to consider making a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund. As an additional incentive to you to contribute to the fund, the Ford Foundation matches whatever amount the Fellows donate!

Any contribution—$500, $200, $100, $50 or less—will make a significant difference in our efforts to support Ford Foundation Fellows. Several institutions, organizations and companies match individual funds, so I encourage you to pursue this if it is available as it is a way to leverage donations.

Please take a moment to contribute to the Fund at Click on the button entitled "Make A Gift Today." In the "Designation" section, write in Ford Fellows Fund in the "other fund" section so that your gift is designated appropriately. Whether you are able to make a one-time gift or are able to give monthly—or make a planned gift—you will be changing lives.

If you prefer, make your check payable to The National Academies. Be sure to add "Ford Fellows Fund" in the memo line of the check and mail it to:

Office of Development
The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Thank you for joining me in this important effort.

Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba
Chair, Ford Fellows Fund
Board Treasurer/CFO, Society of Senior Ford Fellows