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The Edward E. Ford Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Grants for independent secondary education only. Independent secondary schools must hold full and active membership in National Association of Independent Schools to be eligible for consideration.


Trust established in 1957 in NY - Edward E. Ford was the son of A. Ward Ford, who founded and developed a manufacturing business in Binghamton, NY which ultimately became a part of International Business Machines Corporation. Mr. Ford was educated at the Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University. Over the course of his life, he served IBM in various capacities and was also engaged in a number of independent business enterprises in St. Louis and in FL. At the time of his death, and for many years prior thereto, he was a member of the board of directors of IBM. Mr. Ford established the Edward E. Ford Foundation with a relatively small gift in 1957, but the foundation really commenced operation some three years later when he transferred a much more substantial amount of property to it, rounded out its board by the appointment of several additional members, and began to work actively with the board to develop a program directed towards his major objective of improving the quality of secondary schooling focusing exclusively on independent education. By the terms of his will, a major part of his entire fortune passed to the foundation.


The Edward E. Ford Foundation

Family foundation




26 Court St., Ste. 2200 Brooklyn, NY United States 11242-1122

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