Outsized Challenges Demand Creative Solutions: Expanding Payout through Debt Financing


Many philanthropic institutions are exploring ways to access additional resources to respond to the deep seeded racial inequities that permeate most aspects of American society and the devastating effects of COVID-19, which is widening inequality around the globe.

The Ford Foundation joined several other foundations in a novel approach to expand their giving—issuing a social bond in the U.S capital markets. Since then, other foundations have begun to follow suit.

If you are curious about the possibilities of debt financing to increase current payout levels through a social bond issue or other financial vehicles, view this recording to learn from the experiences of the Ford Foundation, including the factors that influenced their decision as well as some of the specific legal, governance, and investment considerations of their approach.


  • 2:30-3:30 pm ET – Main panel discussion
  • 3:30-4:00 pm ET – Breakout Q&A with Ford Foundation staff (optional)


Nishka Chandrasoma
Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
Ford Foundation

Tony Macklin
Eric Doppstadt
 Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Ford Foundation

Mai-Anh Tran
Chief Financial Officer
Ford Foundation

Kathleen Enright
President & CEO
Council on Foundations