The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. The Foundation believes all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. The best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. The Ford Foundation works mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies.