Due Date: 06/28/21
Funder: Ford Foundation
About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent organization, led by a distinguished board of trustees whose 16 members hail from four continents and bring leadership and expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Across eight decades, the Ford Foundation has invested in innovative ideas, visionary individuals, and frontline institutions advancing human dignity around the world. The Foundation is guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.
About Ford’s Creativity and Free Expression Program
The Ford Foundation believes art, film, and journalism help us understand our world, find purpose, and create meaningful connections. Yet the stories we hear and see the most still disproportionately represent a select few, often reinforcing stereotypes and discriminatory beliefs. Ford’s Creativity and Free Expression (CFE) Program consists of three portfolios: Arts and Culture, JustFilms, and Media and Journalism. Each portfolio works to disrupt narratives that perpetuate inequality and lift up underrepresented voices across race, gender, and ability, so the perspectives and experiences of these communities shape a more inclusive world. More specifically, CFE’s three portfolios are each working to advance a number of outcomes in two categories: the first to support diverse creative and journalistic content, and the second to strengthen the networks and ecosystem of organizations that support artists, filmmakers, and journalists.
About the Opportunity
Ford is seeking a partner to help do the following:
- Explicate the program’s underlying theory of change and surface lessons about how change happened
- Assess how the strategy sought to respond to aspects of the theory of change, what progress was made toward outcomes, and what Ford’s contribution was
- Generate lessons in order to strengthen and refine the theory of change and underlying assumptions for each portfolio and inform the next 5-year cycle of strategic grantmaking
- Share field-facing lessons externally and as appropriate
Because the three portfolios focus on distinct bodies of work, the Foundation is open to various configurations for this evaluation, based on the evaluation partner.
Letters of interest are due June 28, 2021.