Phil Henderson, Surdna Foundation's President, reflects on the mission, goals, and programs of the social justice family foundation.

From the President

  • From post-Communist Romania to Domestic Grantmaking. Surdna’s Phillip Henderson interviews with Shelterforce Magazine

    Phillip Henderson was only 38 when he took the helm at the Surdna Foundation seven years ago, becoming Surdna’s second director in what he calls its “modern era.” Henderson came to the family foundation from a career that had been focused on international philanthropy, but he applied many of the lessons he learned fostering civic engagement in post-Communist Europe to Surdna’s domestic grantmaking. Henderson sat down with Shelterforce to talk about aligning program with mission, cross-pollination between programs, and Surdna’s recent launch into the impact investing world.

  • Improving Job Quality Means Paid Maternity and Sick Leave, Increased Minimum Wage and Much More

    That was President Obama’s spirited response at Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families to the crowd’s opinion of the obstructionist Congress—a Congress that has blocked his every attempt to pass paid maternity leave and other family-friendly legislation

  • Spring Reflections

    Well, it was the entire Surdna staff and board out to see and feel the work we are investing in at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, New York, and the surrounding community.  The gorgeous weather certainly added some pep to our step.  But there was something in the air less tangible—but even more evident than the perfect spring day—that made this a remarkable gathering.  It was the ease and authenticity of our board-staff conversations and the way we learn together that gave the meeting a comfortable family feel.

Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation

Phillip W. HendersonA national leader among family foundation executives, Phil Henderson has focused Surdna on collaboration both internally across programs, and externally among funders within the foundation's issue areas. He has committed the foundation to using social justice as a compass to guide the systemic change Surdna aims for in its mission.

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