Corporate America's Role in Philanthropy

Corporate America's Role in Philanthropy

Jim Vella

6.10.2009

Jim Vella

ames G. (Jim) Vella is president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. In this role, he leads all philanthropic and community service-related activities, including coordination of volunteer efforts by Ford employees and all activities of Ford Motor Company Fund, a separate philanthropic organization funded largely by Ford Motor Company profits.

Ford Fund's primary focus is education, and it also supports organizations and innovative programs that promote automotive safety education and assist communities with a variety of needs.

Vella was named to his current position Dec. 1, 2006. Prior to this assignment, he served as Visiting University Professor at the University of Michigan Dearborn, a position he assumed in December 2005. In June 2004, Vella became Ford Motor Company's chief of staff, after serving as vice president, Public Affairs and chief of staff since April 2003.

Vella was appointed vice president, Public Affairs in August 2002 after having been elected a vice president of Ford Motor Company and named vice president, Corporate Public Affairs in November 2001. Prior to that, he had been executive director, Corporate Communications, since June 2000.

Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services, spoke Thursday at the Clinton School about the importance of corporate philanthropy and public service, particularly in a tough economy.
It goes without saying that the auto business is suffering mightily through the economic crisis, but Vella said it’s more important now than ever for the company to be a good corporate citizen.