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A Video Tribute for Deborah Geithner

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Soon after Deborah Moore Geithner, wife of Peter Geithner, a former president of the LAFF Society, died on August 12, Zhang Ye of the Beijing chapter compiled a video tribute.

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NEWSLETTER

The Ford Foundation in South Africa

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In 1953 the Ford Foundation gave $50,000 to the South Africa Institute of Race Relations for educational and research activities, beginning an enduring commitment that has contributed significantly to that country’s often painful but relentless passage out of oppression.

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Pioneering Human Rights

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By Sheila Avrin McLean

The Foundation’s policy focus became helping South Africans prepare for a post-apartheid, majority-ruled South Africa, where rule of law was honored and education was a right for all.

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Developing Black Leadership
Fellowships are provided for emerging social scientists

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By David Smock

Over a ten-year period a Ford Foundation program provided scholarships to hundreds of black South Africans who earned degrees at American institutions.

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Visions of Johanna
Inside the museums, apartheid goes on trial

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By Gerard Salole

The seemingly effortless embrace of both the ugly past and optimistic future is part of the panache with which South Africans have taught the world a valuable lesson about remembrance and forgiveness.

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Contributors of South Africa articles

 

Background on Sheila Avrin McLean, David Smock, and Gerry Salole.

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A Logical Choice

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John Gerhart, pictured here with Nelson Mandela after the South African president’s release from prison, was named the Foundation’s first representative in that country in 1993, a logical choice based on his long association with the region.

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Saying it With Dance

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The Foundation’s new president has come up with a unique way to deliver a message. 

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Cleaning up After Bridgegate

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Sanford M. Jaffe has been directing his attention recently to matters concerning the Port of New York and New Jersey following the scandal known as “Bridgegate”.

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Listen to the People

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By Jon Funabiki

Listen to the people and you quickly understand that the situation in Detroit is complicated and that it didn’t sneak up on them. 

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Detroit Bankruptcy: A Work in Progress

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By James Kelly

The Ford Foundation’s new president, Darren Walker, is front and center among foundation leaders who are involved in a philanthropic initiative to help Detroit move forward to a more promising post-bankruptcy future.

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A Lively Theatrical Imagining

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The play finished its scheduled month-long run April 13, but the cast can be seen discussing the play and their experiences during its creation and New York run.

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Elevator Justice

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By Richard Magat

A long-deserved tribute to the modern elevator has been issued by Daniel Levinson Wilk, an associate professor of history at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and a board member of the Elevator Museum in Queens.

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What Members are Writing

 

Fran Korten, “Money and Politics”; Rosalia Sciortino, “Beware Emerging Neo-Malthusian Concerns”; Alan Jenkins, “The Need for Executive Action”.

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Getting Together in Bangkok

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Ten people got together in January in Bangkok for an informal lunch of the LAFF Society’s Thailand chapter. 

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A Call for Reforms After Philippines Typhoon

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By Raymond C. Offenheiser

Oxfam America’s recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in November 2013.

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Robert Bellah: A Bit of FF History

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By Willard J. Hertz

Little-known facts about how the interests of the Foundation intersected with Bellah's interests.

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Always Check the CV

By Willard J. Hertz

The homicidal contractor at the Navy Yard in Washington reminded me of a disturbing incident with a gun-carrying contractor that the Ford Foundation had to contend with in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) 47 years ago.

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A Farmers Market For the Urban Poor

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In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Michael Lipsky writes of a farmers market founded in a Washington, D.C., suburb to meet the needs of low-income people.

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LAFF PARADE

News About Former Ford Foundation Staff

8/30/2014

News about Lisa Mensah, Robert Curvin’s, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Marta L. Tellado, Surina Khan, Tom Malinowski.

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CLIPPINGS

Selection Of Articles Published Elsewhere

National Security Council Veteran Weighs In on Foley, Hostages, and ISIL's Brutality

8/21/2014

The brutal killing of American photojournalist James Wright Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Syria) has sparked outrage in the U.S. and drawn condemnation from world leaders, including President Obama. With ISIL threatening to kill a second hostage, journalist Steven Soltoff, The Wire spoke with Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council...

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Four Dimensions of Nuclear Chess Game

By Gary Sick |  5/5/2014

A government negotiating with another government is almost inevitably required to conduct a second negotiation with its own domestic constituents whose own interests will be affected by the outcome.

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Faith in Fish

By David Finkelstein |  3/20/2014

AN OUTDOOR EDITOR FRIEND OF MINE, A MAN BORN in the South but long resident in New York City, recently moved back to Alabama. Calling to say hello from his new home in a Birmingham suburb, he reported "a big difference down here from up there."

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Coalition Seeks Public's Advice on New York City's Goals

11/11/2013

As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to succeed Michael R. Bloomberg, a coalition of leading foundations will unveil an ambitious citywide effort to enlist regular New Yorkers in sharing their views about the city’s future.

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Ubinas Reflects on Six Years as President of the Ford Foundation

8/6/2013

In a wide-ranging interview with Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum, Ubiñas reflects on his tenure at the foundation, the state of philanthropy today, measuring and evaluating long-term progress, critical lessons in leadership, and much more.

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After a Gay Rights Victory, A New Challenge for Grant Makers

By Michael Seltzer |  7/12/2013

The Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution of the United States and that marriage equality is the law in those states where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s also time for philanthropy to reflect on its power to further social justice

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Warren Wilson president is down-to-earth guy

4/26/2013

For those of us whose leanings are toward gentler disciplines such as literature and philosophy, a quick perusal of Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick’s curriculum vitae might invite a touch of academic intimidation.

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Reminiscences on a grantee-grantor relationship

By Rosalia Maria Emanuela Sciortino |  1/16/2013

When one reaches a certain age – as in my case – there is a tendency to look back and reflect on one’s experiences, including the transformations in one’s own career landscape over time. In the more than 20 years of working with international philanthropic and development organisations of a grant-making nature in Southeast Asia, I have seen many ideologies and trends emerge and wane.

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Mideast peace starts with talking to Iran

By Gary Sick |  11/16/2012

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice. Here's a question, not an answer: With every issue in the Middle East intertwined with every other, like a giant bowl of spaghetti, where do you begin?

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Former White House Aide Reviews 'Argo'

By Gary Sick |  10/18/2012

On NPR's Talk of the Nation, Gary Sick reviews the movie Argo  that "tells the story of the six American diplomats who narrowly escaped the U.S. embassy in Tehran as the Iran hostage crisis erupted in late 1979."

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Ford Needs a Smarter Approach to Newspaper Grants

8/14/2012

The Ford Foundation’s announcement last month that it is providing $500,000 to help The Washington Post strengthen its coverage of government-accountability issues is inappropriate and a waste of money.

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Blame Saddam: Another Way of Seeing Iran's Nuclear Program

4/20/2012

“When the revolution happened in 1979 the Shah of course was in the midst of developing a nuclear power program, and everybody suspected that he was really going to go for a bomb,” notes Gary Sick, a Columbia University expert who was at the National Security Council when...

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Meeting Iran: A Nuclear Summit Not for the Faint-Hearted

By Gary Sick |  4/11/2012

Gary Sick worked in international affairs at the Foundation from 1990 to 1995.   The United States, Iran, and five other countriesRussia, China, Britain, France, and Germany—are set to engage in a new round of talks in Istanbul, Turkey beginning on Friday and continuing into Saturday. 

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Foundation Files Reveal Insights on Culture

4/9/2012

James Baldwin needed some money. It was 1959, six years before Congress created national endowments for the arts and humanities to support struggling artists and cultural institutions....Mr. Lowry had the last word in deciding which artists, writers and performers would receive grants from the Ford Foundation, the richest private source of cultural largess at the time.

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Occupy Wall Street Abandoned PR 101

By Leslie Gottlieb |  4/9/2012

I wasn’t involved in the Occupy Wall Street activities, although I followed the movement closely and admired many of its ideas and ideals. As a public relations professional, however, I was increasingly frustrated by the inability of its participants to adhere to basic PR principles. If they had, I believe they would have made a much more powerful impact on the public...

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Media Watch | Leaks Ahead of Nuclear Talks

4/8/2012

"If it's Sunday," Columbia University scholar Gary Sick wrote in an email to Gulf 2000, a listserv he moderates, "it must be time for major U.S. government 'leaks' (really planted stories) about Iran. Positioning and spinning is particularly important with negotiations possibly ready to start."

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Corporate Personhood with Fran Korten

By Frances Korten |  4/7/2012

YouTube Video - Fran Korten, Executive Director of "Yes!" Magazine talks about our relationship to corporations and how we can end corporate rule. She spoke at Chimacum High School on March 30, 2012 with Steven Reisler, President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

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What It Will Take to 'Graduate' 1.2 Billion People Out of Extreme Poverty

4/4/2012

A new report from the World Bank brings welcome news on the global poverty front.

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Can Goldman Sachs Find Its Purpose?

By Judith F. Samuelson |  3/20/2012

A teacher at a prominent business school takes her students through a simple exercise each semester. Every student must register a new company, which means paying a $60 fee and describing the new enterprise's purpose on a form. The professor's teachable moment in this: Purpose is the starting point, and as the principal of the business, you get to decide.

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Crisis-Managing U.S.-Iran Relations

By Gary Sick |  3/6/2012

The results of Iran's March 2 parliamentary elections have bolstered the position of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with a majority of seats going to his allies (NYT). Khamenei will now likely move to end the presidential system to further consolidate “his power as the ultimate leader in Iran,” says Iran expert Gary Sick.

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