About HFLI

About HFLI

HFLI mobilizes and works with organizations around the world – organizations that share our vision of advancing equity and empowerment through culturally-responsive learning and doing. 

We sustain this level of innovation leadership by investing in our unique blend of capabilities: HFLI’s team, partnerships, approach, and tools. And we live the mindsets that we nurture in learners. That steady attention to learning, growing, and improving engenders the confidence and trust essential in our role as your strategic ally.  

Our Supporters

HFLI Supporters
We are proud to work with an expansive range of organizations that enrich our work, strengthen HFLI’s ability to deliver Deeper Learning by Doing(R) experiences with scale, and advance equity through innovation.
These organizations provide support through inspiration. Lived experiences. Effective educational practices. Critical funding. Targeted introductions. Shared risk taking. And more.

Founding Partners

Ford Motor
Henry Ford


We rely on progressive, open-minded individuals, foundations and companies to provide financial support that closes the gap between engagement fees and the real costs to drive the kind of visionary change we imagine and the skills and mindsets we help learners develop.
These organizations have provided financial support to build HFLI capacity, develop our innovation-based curriculum, engage educators in professional development focused on culturally responsive education, immerse teens in entrepreneurship camps – and, early on – plan, launch and sustain our schools.
Ford Motor
Thompson educational foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
U.S. Department of Education
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Michigan Department of Education
Best Buy


Over the years, we’ve searched out visionary partners to help us develop unique learning experiences and schools that can only happen through a spirit of collaboration, the conviction that there are new and better ways of learning, and the desire and drive to create a more equitable future.
Ford Motor
Henry Ford
Henry Ford
Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
(“the d.school”)

Big Picture
Eva Longoria
Momento Latino
Black Male Educators Alliance of MI
College for Creative Studies
Grand Valley State University
Ford Next Generation Learning
(Ford NGL)
Design Core
Revitalization & Business Initiative - Michigan Ross School of Business - Detroit Impact

Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is a recognized as a public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to HFLI are deductible to the full extent allowed by law. EIN #38-3463866

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