FORD FELLOWS FUND
. . . 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.
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 contributed nearly $200,000 to the fund.
I am honored to make a yearly appeal for the Ford Fellows Fund at the annual Conference of Ford Fellows, and will do so when we convene this October in San Juan Puerto Rico. 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 be the change in the tax law that reduced an incentive to itemize deductions.
I am writing to ask you to consider making a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund so that additional Ford Fellowship awards can be made. 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 http://www.nationalacademies.org/giving. Click on the banner in the left margin entitled "Make a Gift Online." 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, Society of Senior Ford Fellows