A Message from Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services President Jim Vella

At Ford Fund, we support Ford Motor Company’s vision to become the world’s most trusted company and the belief that freedom of movement drives human progress. We invest in transformational programs that give people better access to basic needs, create opportunities in education, promote safe driving and enrich community life. Our strategy is focused on developing programs that are both sustainable and scalable, and then replicating these proven models around the world to address local needs and advance community prosperity.    

In concert with Ford employees and dealers, Ford Fund is turning forward-thinking ideas into life-changing opportunities for men, women and children. Our teams engage local businesses, community leaders and nonprofit partners to open avenues of access to food, clean water, job training and other essentials that empower more people to become self-sufficient.  

Our signature initiatives, such as Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford College Community Challenge and Ford Volunteer Corps, reflect our support of Ford’s mission to create a better world. Our innovative new programs, such as Thirty Under 30 and the Bill Ford Better World Challenge, are adding horsepower to Ford Fund’s global commitment to be a driving force for good wherever Ford does business. 

Since Ford Fund began operations in 1949, we have invested more than $1.5 billion building stronger communities. As our mission continues to evolve and advance, Ford Fund is moving beyond traditional grant making, and targeting our investments to drive meaningful, lasting social impact that mobilizes people and communities toward a more prosperous future. 

Jim Vella
President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services