Ford Fund Invests $1.75 Million to Bring Ford Resource and Engagement Center to Bangkok


The Ford Motor Company Fund opened its first Asia-based Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Bangkok’s historic Nang Loeng neighborhood. 


The investment is run by eight founding partners including some of the city’s most creative and up-and-coming nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, and foundations. The aim of the center is to focus on food waste, environmental protection, education, technology, community engagement, and the arts.


“Like our first FREC in Detroit, Michigan, FREC Bangkok is a long-term commitment to a neighborhood brimming with untapped potential,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “In Bangkok, through food rescue programs, conservation projects, plastics upcycling, and some exciting technology, art, and urban planning initiatives, our FREC stewards have an opportunity to deliver services that directly benefit people in the neighborhood – as well as the city as a whole.”

The core goal is to give back to the community, and that means the center will offer free training for drivers to improve the safety of everyone in the community.

“Our pioneering FREC network demonstrates how Ford Fund is taking a community-first approach to corporate philanthropy,” said Vella. “By listening to community leaders and working with strong local partners, we are leveraging the power of Ford to make people’s lives better.”


Ford Motor Company is a global brand that is about so much more than dependable trucks, SUVs, and cars!

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