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

From the President

  • Reflecting, Learning, Moving Forward: Surdna’s November 2013 Board Meeting

    Years ago, the Surdna Foundation board decided that its November meeting should be different. They believe that grantmakers like Surdna are afforded the great opportunity of taking a long-term view of their work. We were established to exist in perpetuity and have a responsibility to use this unique status to help foster just and sustainable communities in the United States.

  • Exciting Changes to Surdna's Board

    I'm writing to share some wonderful news. Our board has elected Jocelyn Downie, a fifth generation member of the John E. Andrus family and a prominent scholar, as its next chair. Surdna's board also elected Tracy Palandjian, an innovator in impact investing, as its newest member. See our press release for more detail.

  • Rebuilding our regional food infrastructure: My meeting with USDA’s Tom Vilsack

    Last week, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and I met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss how Surdna and other foundations might partner with USDA to strengthen rural-urban connections.

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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