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


Gerald Ford: Eagle Scout

Democracy’s Interest in Kindness

Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” and One Means of Ordered Civic Life

Reflection Essays

Whither Brexit?

Is It Time to Panic About Civics and History Education?


Our American Heritage

The 14th Amendment and the Debt Ceiling

America’s Founding

Horace Mann and Public Education

America’s Refounding in the Northwest, 1787: David McCullough’s Paean to Pioneers in the Ohio Country and Beyond

We Are More Than Workers

Forever Ideas, Forever Books: The Deep Springs of Ford’s Political Wisdom

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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