Ford Foundation Allegedly Donates Millions To Defund The Police Movement – Ford Authority

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For years, Ford Motor Company has produced the most popular police vehicles on the market, and holds a nearly 65 percent market share in that segment. Thus, it would seem strange for the automaker to support a recent movement that aims to “defund the police,” but that’s exactly what The National Pulse is claiming that it’s doing through the Ford Foundation. Problem is, the truth behind this story isn’t so cut and dry.

The report cites the fact that since 2016, the Ford Foundation has given around $7.8 million to Black Lives Matter and a series of similar groups through a partnership with Borealis Philanthropy. They also point to the fact that the foundation also funded the group that originally founded this movement back in 2015, Black Youth Project 100. The report points out that these groups are the public face of the defund the police movement, thus Ford is directly supporting it.

Additionally, the Ford Foundation has also donated millions to The Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Forward Justice, ACLU, Center for Popular Democracy, the Guardian newspaper, and ProPublica, all of which purportedly support the defund the police movement.

There are some problems with this argument, however. The biggest relates to the connection between the Ford Motor Company and the Ford Foundation. Henry Ford III, the Director for Investor Relations for Ford Motor Company, joined the foundation’s Board of Trustees in February 2019 to help drive its racial injustice agenda.

Ford responded to the report with a statement clarifying the relationship between the two entities, which appears to be non-existent. “Ford Motor Company and the Ford Foundation are completely separate entities and have operated independent of each other since the mid-1970s. Ford has no control of the Ford Foundation’s grant-making policies or decisions. Ford’s charitable arm is the Ford Motor Company Fund.”

“Contrary to some misinformed stories online, neither Ford Motor Company nor the Ford Motor Company Fund has provided funding to any campaign to ‘defund the police.’ Rather, through technology and innovation, Ford will continue to play a positive role in promoting more safety and accountability in policing and produce even safer police vehicles. Ford will continue to work closely with local and state police associations across the country on positive solutions.” The full statement is available below.

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Ford Motor Company and the Ford Foundation are completely separate entities and have operated independent of each other since the mid-1970s. Ford has no control of the Ford Foundation’s grant-making policies or decisions. Ford’s charitable arm is the Ford Motor Company Fund. 
Ford is proud to be America’s long-time leader in producing police, emergency and first responder vehicles. Our Police Interceptor vehicles are by far the top choice of law enforcement and other emergency services agencies across the country.
To be clear, Ford believes racism, abuse of power and repression in law enforcement must be addressed and stamped out wherever they exist. Good law enforcement agencies and officers play a critical positive role in our communities, but safety and fairness must be inclusive of all, everywhere.  
Contrary to some misinformed stories online, neither Ford Motor Company nor the Ford Motor Company Fund has provided funding to any campaign to “defund the police.” Rather, through technology and innovation, Ford will continue to play a positive role in promoting more safety and accountability in policing and produce even safer police vehicles. Ford will continue to work closely with local and state police associations across the country on positive solutions. 

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