Mapping Green Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Ford Foundation, 1952-2004

Authors: Rong Bao*, University of Richmond, David S. Salisbury, University of Richmond
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Development
Keywords: Development, philanthropy, sustainability, environment, history
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The United States of America’s increasingly wealthy, active, and innovative philanthropic organizations have had a growing impact on international development since World War II. The Ford Foundation, one of the leading American philanthropic organizations, has influenced international development and foreign relations since the early 1950s. Research shows that international development institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have increased their relative focus on environmental and sustainability concerns since their establishment after World War II. This research tracks the Ford Foundation's overseas grants dedicated to natural resources, the environment, sustainability, and climate change to see if a leading U.S. philanthropic organization pursues similar trends across time and space. Georeferencing the Ford Foundation’s green development projects provides the opportunity to better site the spatial and temporal context of green development initiatives within the foundation’s philanthropic and development discourse and that of the leading international development organizations.

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