Why isn’t the Ford Foundation “LAFFing”?
By MichaelaNovember 28, 2007
Buried on an inside pages of Monday’s New York Times is an article on Life After the Ford Foundation (LAFF).
It is an alumni network of former Ford staffers; 350 – 400 people are involved. It sounds like a cute and harmless idea, but is anything truly innocent these days?
Apparently, the Foundation is not very happy with LAFF, perhaps seeing it as a group of disaffected former employees.
LAFF leaders deny this, saying they just like each other, shared a lot of important experiences while at Ford, and want to stay in touch.
I guess we’ll see. The upcoming retirement of Ford’s President Susan V. Berresford gives LAFF an opportunity to recruit someone who can bridge those employee/former employee differences.
Ford is not alone. Retirees of Mott and the Asia Foundation are starting similar groups.
Pretty soon we’ll need a National Association of Former Philanthropoids.