William Davidson Foundation

"Give people responsibility, hold them accountable, and success follows."

How We Work

In all of our investments and activities, we seek to honor our founder’s memory, continue his philosophy of giving, and embrace a set of core values that defined his life, career, and the institutions he established and led.


We are willing to pursue potentially higher risk initiatives with the goal of obtaining meaningful impact. We celebrate passion, imagination and determination in our work and in others.


We invest in people to make a positive, exciting, and lasting impact. We seek partners that share our energy and enthusiasm for significant outcomes.


We achieve greater impact by partnering with and learning from others and by integrating a mix of perspectives, talents, and capabilities around a shared goal.


We act with honesty, sincerity, and the strongest moral principles. We value our relationships and as such remain fair and ethical in our interactions with others.


We put forth our personal and professional best, seek and support best-in-class leaders, and commit to continuous improvement.


We take personal responsibility for our actions and the results of our actions. We build trust by delivering on our promises and expect others to do the same.