• Ford Supports Military Veterans

    3/9/2017 10:59:42 AM - by Lee Kabilyo

    Ford Motor Company Fund Teams Up with NBC's GIVE Television Program to Expand Support for Military Veterans

    • Ford Motor Company Fund invests $25,000 in two non-profit organizations that are helping military veterans transition back to civilian life
    • Ford Fund President Jim Vella joined actor Blair Underwood to surprise veteran organizations with contributions as part of NBC’s GIVE television series
    • Ford Fund has been supporting America’s military veterans for more than 95 years with innovative programs that help improve the lives of veterans and their families

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2017 – Ford Motor Company Fund and NBC’s GIVE program joined forces to assist two non-profits in the nation’s capital that are helping improve the lives of U.S. military veterans.

    During a veteran-themed episode that aired on Saturday, Ford Fund — the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company — surprised the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) with $15,000 and Bunker Labs DC with $10,000.

    The two small non-profits are having a big impact easing men and women back into civilian life from military service. GIVE host Blair Underwood consulted with Ford Fund President Jim Vella on how to split the investment between the two deserving organizations. It’s the type of decision Vella makes all the time.

    “Most important is community need — you always want to meet the greatest need,” Vella told Underwood. “You make some of the decision with your head and some with your heart.”

    The two non-profits receiving the Ford Fund investments provide unique support to military veterans. The organizations are having an important, positive impact on people’s lives and they are doing it in different ways.

    • Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) helps veterans, service members and military families reintegrate into their communities through the arts. ASAP promotes expression, skill-building and camaraderie through classes in stand-up comedy, storytelling and creative writing, providing participants with life skills, a renewed sense of purpose and healing.
    • Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans to become leaders in innovation. Bunker Labs provides educational programming mentors, events, and local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

    “This is incredibly humbling,” said Sam Pressler, founder, ASAP. “We will be able to take this check and empower hundreds of veterans to come home and find a voice and purpose in the community. It’s incredible. We’re so grateful.”

    “You’ve all had the opportunity to serve our country and this is a way that our employees can serve you for a change,” Vella told veterans at Bunker Labs as the surprise was revealed. The Ford Fund grant will be used to create an app that will connect members around the country.  

    “We’re all going to use it,” said Todd Connor, founder, Bunker Labs. “This will bring our whole community together.”

    Ford Motor Company has been supporting military veterans for more than 95 years. Ford Fund has 67 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Ford Fund supports programs and organizations that are innovative and making an impact in the lives of veterans including through scholarship, job training, medical transportation and other transition services. 

  • Henry Ford's 150th

    1/30/2013 12:54:52 PM - by Joseph Cicchetti
    Join Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday Celebration!

    It’s been said that Henry Ford changed the world we live in. Born in on July 30, 1863, his vision and perseverance shaped Ford Motor Company from the very beginning, his focus on innovation and technology continue to be at the very core of what we do. Selected by Fortune Magazine in 1999 as “Businessman of the Century” for his achievements as an entrepreneur, his philosophy on life and business still apply today.

    From his days as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to his street racing career in turn-of-the-century Detroit, Henry Ford never stopped learning. Check out the interactive timeline on www.HenryFord150.com to find out more about the founder of Ford Motor Company.

    “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford

    Miss the Henry Ford reenactors at this year’s North American International Auto Show? Don’t live close enough to Dearborn, Michigan, to take part in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford’s birth? Be sure to catch “American Experience: Henry Ford and the American Dream” on January 29, 2013, on your local PBS station. The two-hour documentary explores our founder’s life and achievements. See your local PBS station listings for times.

    “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford

    Sure, we’ve all heard about how Henry Ford used the assembly line to reduce the time it took to build a car from 12 hours to just one and a half hours. But did you know he didn’t invent the assembly line? Firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt used an assembly line to build guns during the Civil War. What Mr. Ford did so successfully was to create a demand for the very product his assembly-line workers were building by paying them a higher wage while reducing the vehicle cost.

    “To resent efficiency is the mark of inefficiency” – Henry Ford

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch Henry Ford’s words come to life. Visitors to the Ford Rogue Factory can tour the Dearborn Truck Plant, the Ford Motor Company state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Learn about vertical integration; feel the heat of the blast furnaces, hear the rumble of the huge stamping presses and watch as the F-150 is built. Learn more at www.TheHenryFord.org.

    Other Henry Ford sesquicentennial events include:

    • Henry Ford: His Life and Times – Lectures by Russell Dore on Henry Ford’s inventions, family and the ways he changed our world. Various dates and locations in Michigan and Florida. See www.HenryFord150.com for details.
    • Discovering Henry Ford shows at The Henry Ford – April-December. A presenter-facilitated multimedia program using a large touch screen monitor to access digital assets (movies, photos) in themed 20-minute shows (Henry Ford the Tinkerer, Henry Ford and the Model T).
    • Henry’s T – Dramatic presentation at Greenfield Village - May-August. Visitors will meet Henry Ford in this interactive 15-minute play and hear how he was inspired to build the world’s universal car. Guests also will find out why the Model T was so revolutionary and how Mr. Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work enabled him to put the world on wheels.
    • Henry Ford 150 Cruise – The Henry Ford Retirement Village, Dearborn, Michigan. – July 20, 2013. Watch 150 Model A, Model T and older Ford cars cruise from the Henry Ford Retirement Village to Nankin Mills in nearby Westland, Michigan.
    • Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford - The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan - July 27, 2013. This free community event will bring Henry Ford to “life” and feature many of his little-known interests and contributions. Enjoy a BBQ picnic cooked with charcoal briquettes – an innovation of Mr. Ford’s, an avid outdoorsman.