Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

Welcome to the Gerald R. Ford

Ford Leadership Forum

Honoring the 38th President’s legacy of spirited public service.

"History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion."

~ Gerald R. Ford

38th President of the United States


The Ford Leadership Forum

The Ford Leadership Forum is an initiative of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. We honor the 38th President’s legacy by anchoring leadership in the civic, intellectual, moral, and spiritual virtues. This anchoring is accomplished through:

  • Campus and professional chapters
  • Service opportunities
  • Mentoring programs
  • Essays, articles, and other media
  • Learning seminars and public programs

Fostering Community

Student Mentorship Program

Connecting with America's Future Leaders

Articles and Essays from Our Contributors


Proclamation 4405—Thanksgiving Day, 1975

We’ll Always Have Casablanca

Citizens of the Things at Hand

Reflection Essays

Thoughts On Giving Thanks

Thinking About Equity

Should We Trust in Numbers?

Our American Heritage

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

Worcestriensis Sauce

Kirk’s Founders and the unWritten Constitution

The Two Times Gerald Ford Swore in Public

Common Ground? For What?

The Liberal Arts: True Power

Ford Inspired: A Column By Executive Director Gleaves Whitney
Giving Back

Ready To Get Involved?

Become a Ford Fellow

Are you are a student?
A young professional?
Become a Ford Fellow and pursue the common good.

Become a Mentor

Want to invest in future generations?
Become a Ford Mentor and share your wisdom and experience.

Make a Donation

Want to support our programs and contribute to the revitalization of virtue? Consider making a donation.

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