FF believes in the inherent dignity of all people. However, around the world too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives. Across eight decades, FF's mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Yet around the world billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives. FF views this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything FF does.
FF has identified five underlying drivers of inequality—common factors that, worldwide, contribute to inequality’s many manifestations: entrenched cultural narratives, failure to invest in and protect vital public goods, unfair rules of the economy, unequal access to government, and persistent prejudice and discrimination.
To address and respond to these drivers, FF works and makes grants in seven interconnected areas that together can help challenge inequality: civic engagement and government; creativity and free expression; equitable development; gender, racial and ethnic justice; inclusive economies; internet freedom; and youth opportunity and learning.