The philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company is called the Ford Motor Company Fund or simply the Ford Fund. The Ford Fund frequently donates money to a variety of causes and charitable organizations. Last year it gave all active members of the Detroit Youth Choir scholarships to further their education in the future. Ford Fund has now announced two opportunities for Ford employees around the world to help give back to the community and fight COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Donation Match program is an effort between the Fund and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford that will match $500,000 in donations to designated community organizations in the fight against COVID-19. That means the potential of raising $1 million for groups that are fighting the pandemic around the world.
The COVID-19 Donation Match program is open to Ford employees and their families and friends. Donations will be distributed to more than 20 countries around the world and will be managed by GlobalGiving. Ford and GlobalGiving have worked together for a long time in disaster relief with the program aiming to support community projects in locations that have a significant level of emergency need and a substantial Ford employee presence. The $500,000 in matching funds will include contributions from Ford Fund and from Bill Ford personally. Ford notes that Bill Ford started the Ford Volunteer Corps 15 years ago.
Ford Fund is also launching a new “Read and Record” virtual volunteering project to create an online library of Ford employees reading children’s books. The goal is to give the 1.3 billion children and youth affected by school closings around the world something educational and enjoyable to do what they are stuck at home indoors while encouraging a love of reading.