Ford Foundation Grants $50 Million to Harvard to Create Institute for Government Innovation

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ford Foundation

    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- To encourage innovative government
 programs in the United States and overseas, the Ford Foundation today
 announced a $50 million endowment grant to Harvard University's John F.
 Kennedy School of Government.  The largest single donation the Kennedy School
 has ever received and the largest single endowment ever made by the Ford
 Foundation, the grant will establish the Institute for Government Innovation
 at the Kennedy School.
     Joseph S. Nye, Dean of the Kennedy School, said the grant will help
 invigorate the school's central mission of training public leaders and working
 to resolve public policy problems.
     "For too long, our culture has focused excessively on the failures of
 government, which has helped create a distrust in government," said Nye.  "The
 endowment grant is an investment in public service which is so vital to the
 nurturing of healthy democracies throughout the world.  We hope the institute
 will help inspire a renewed passion among young people to work in the public
 sector for the betterment of society as a whole."
     The new Institute for Government Innovation will build on the success of
 the Innovations in American Government program launched in 1986 by the Ford
 Foundation and administered by the Kennedy School.  The program's annual
 awards competition, spotlighting visionary government programs, attracts
 entries from across the country, with winners earning $100,000.
     "Creative solutions for public problems abound in government at all
 levels.  That has been amply demonstrated by the Innovations awards in the
 United States and is increasingly apparent in other societies around the
 world," said Susan V. Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation.  "The
 Kennedy School incubated this idea with great success, and this significant
 support will allow its new institute to make connections and engage others on
 an international scale."
     The Ford Foundation has helped launch similar awards programs in other
 countries:  The Galing Pook Awards in the Philippines; the Public Management
 and Citizenship Program in Brazil; Honoring Contributions in the Governance
 of American Indian Nations in the United States; Impumelelo Innovations Award
 Programme in South Africa; and the Citizenship and Local Management Program in
 Chile.
     "Innovations winners demonstrate that the people involved in government
 can be on the leading edge of change," said Gail Christopher, executive
 director of the Innovations in American Government program.
     Since 1986 the Innovations program in the United States has recognized 145
 creative government initiatives with grants of $100,000 each, and 135 finalist
 programs with grants of $20,000 each.  Although the program began with a focus
 on state and local governments, in 1995 it expanded to encompass innovations
 in the federal government as well.
     Innovations winners have included programs for reducing crime, reforming
 schools, preserving natural resources, improving social services and other
 successful efforts to tackle a range of public problems.
     The Institute for Government Innovation will run the Innovations awards
 program in the United States and will also serve as the hub for a global
 network of innovators in the public sector as well as other interested
 practitioners, students, policy analysts and journalists concerned with the
 best practices of government.  Other institute activities will include
 conferences and training sessions for public managers, publications, and
 research fellowships.  It will also help forge institutional alliances that
 can foster innovations in government in many countries.
     The Ford Foundation is an independent nonprofit grant making organization.
 For more than a half century it has been a resource for innovative people and
 institutions worldwide, guided by its goals to strengthen democratic values,
 reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance
 human achievement.  With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices
 in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia.
     The Innovations program is an awards program of the Ford Foundation
 administered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
 in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government in
 Washington, D.C.
     For more information visit the Innovations Web site at
 http://www.innovations.harvard.edu
 
 

SOURCE Ford Foundation
    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- To encourage innovative government
 programs in the United States and overseas, the Ford Foundation today
 announced a $50 million endowment grant to Harvard University's John F.
 Kennedy School of Government.  The largest single donation the Kennedy School
 has ever received and the largest single endowment ever made by the Ford
 Foundation, the grant will establish the Institute for Government Innovation
 at the Kennedy School.
     Joseph S. Nye, Dean of the Kennedy School, said the grant will help
 invigorate the school's central mission of training public leaders and working
 to resolve public policy problems.
     "For too long, our culture has focused excessively on the failures of
 government, which has helped create a distrust in government," said Nye.  "The
 endowment grant is an investment in public service which is so vital to the
 nurturing of healthy democracies throughout the world.  We hope the institute
 will help inspire a renewed passion among young people to work in the public
 sector for the betterment of society as a whole."
     The new Institute for Government Innovation will build on the success of
 the Innovations in American Government program launched in 1986 by the Ford
 Foundation and administered by the Kennedy School.  The program's annual
 awards competition, spotlighting visionary government programs, attracts
 entries from across the country, with winners earning $100,000.
     "Creative solutions for public problems abound in government at all
 levels.  That has been amply demonstrated by the Innovations awards in the
 United States and is increasingly apparent in other societies around the
 world," said Susan V. Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation.  "The
 Kennedy School incubated this idea with great success, and this significant
 support will allow its new institute to make connections and engage others on
 an international scale."
     The Ford Foundation has helped launch similar awards programs in other
 countries:  The Galing Pook Awards in the Philippines; the Public Management
 and Citizenship Program in Brazil; Honoring Contributions in the Governance
 of American Indian Nations in the United States; Impumelelo Innovations Award
 Programme in South Africa; and the Citizenship and Local Management Program in
 Chile.
     "Innovations winners demonstrate that the people involved in government
 can be on the leading edge of change," said Gail Christopher, executive
 director of the Innovations in American Government program.
     Since 1986 the Innovations program in the United States has recognized 145
 creative government initiatives with grants of $100,000 each, and 135 finalist
 programs with grants of $20,000 each.  Although the program began with a focus
 on state and local governments, in 1995 it expanded to encompass innovations
 in the federal government as well.
     Innovations winners have included programs for reducing crime, reforming
 schools, preserving natural resources, improving social services and other
 successful efforts to tackle a range of public problems.
     The Institute for Government Innovation will run the Innovations awards
 program in the United States and will also serve as the hub for a global
 network of innovators in the public sector as well as other interested
 practitioners, students, policy analysts and journalists concerned with the
 best practices of government.  Other institute activities will include
 conferences and training sessions for public managers, publications, and
 research fellowships.  It will also help forge institutional alliances that
 can foster innovations in government in many countries.
     The Ford Foundation is an independent nonprofit grant making organization.
 For more than a half century it has been a resource for innovative people and
 institutions worldwide, guided by its goals to strengthen democratic values,
 reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance
 human achievement.  With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices
 in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia.
     The Innovations program is an awards program of the Ford Foundation
 administered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
 in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government in
 Washington, D.C.
     For more information visit the Innovations Web site at
 http://www.innovations.harvard.edu
 
 SOURCE  Ford Foundation