NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs
FUNDING AREAS: Environment & Animals, Historic Preservation, Arts, Education, Health, Athletics
OVERVIEW: David B. Ford and family move their philanthropy through the Ford Family Foundation. The family's philanthropy involves several interests including the environment. Another area of interest is historic preservation, including millions invested in preservation projects in both the Northeast and Virginia. In the arts, Ford's producer wife Pamela Ford plays a role.
BACKGROUND: Ford received a B.S. from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Ford worked at Goldman Sachs for more than three decades, where he made partner and was a managing director and co-head of global asset management. Ford is currently president of DBF Associates and senior advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, a private wealth and institutional investment management firm. Ford is also chairman of Princess Pictures, a family entertainment motion pictures and television company.
ENVIRONMENT & ANIMALS: Ford is on the board of National Audubon Society and the couple supports its local chapters via their foundation. Ford and his family have also bankrolled outfits such as Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island, Newport Tree Society, Norman Bird Sanctuary in Rhode Island, and the Horticultural Society of New York.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Ford has a solid track record of historic preservation and conservation. Some of this work has taken place in Virginia, where a local paper quotes Ford as saying that both he and his wife Pamela's ancestors were early Virginia settlers. Ford reportedly paid $21 million recently to purchase the historic North Wales estate west of Warrenton, Virginia. Last decade, meanwhile, Ford purchased a Gilded Age mansion in Rhode Island for $17.2 million and restored the 30,000-square-foot home. Recent grantees in this area include Preservation Society of Newport County, French Heritage Society, Fordsville Historical Society, and World Monument Fund. Ford is a trustee on the board of some these outfits.
ARTS: Ford has waded into entertainment and media and chairs Princess Pictures, through which he and his wife Pamela produce films. It's no surprise, then, that Newport Film is a recent grantee. The Fords have also recently funded Newport Art Museum, Newport Performing Arts Center, Museum of the City of New York, the Met, MoMA, Smithosinian National Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing, among others.
EDUCATION: Funds have gone to Florida State University (Ford's alma mater), The Haverford School (where Ford's son went), The New School, Rockefeller University, Naval War College Foundation, and Naples Children and Education Foundation.
HEALTH: Recent support has gone to The Society of MSKCC, New York Downtown Hospital, Newport Hospital Foundation, and NY Presbyterian Fund, among others.
ATHLETICS: Grantees include Squash Drive, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and National Urban Squash Education Association. The story here is that David Ford Jr., developed a passion for squash while at The Haverford School.
LOOKING FORWARD: The family's children are the next generation of Ford philanthropy; keep an eye on son David Ford Jr., who co-founded Gatemore Capital Management while still in his early 30s.
The Ford Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact, but below is an address:
The Ford Family Foundation
77 Water St., 9th Fl.
New York City, NY 10005