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

From the President

  • Up and Running: Reflections on Surdna’s September 2013 Board Meeting

    Starting this month, Laura Flanders, the lead reporter on the series, will be traveling the country asking the question: what makes for a strong local economy? And she’ll find people who are answering that question in unique ways.

  • Businesses With a Social Conscience Reach a Tipping Point

    To my undiscerning palette, a blueberry muffin made with King Arthur Flour doesn’t taste much different than any other muffin. The 200-year old New England company’s specialty flours cost about the same as their competitors.

  • Taking A Chance on Longevity: A Third Option for Endowed Foundations

    It wasn’t so long ago that trustees of endowed foundations could spend 5 per cent of the value of their portfolio each year on their mission, confident that the residue would maintain its value in relation to inflation, allowing them to go on doing good indefinitely. Those days, it seems, are over, and some calculations suggest that pproaching 3.2 per cent might be a more sustainable spending level for foundations wanting to exist in perpetuity. But are perpetuity and spending out the only options? This article suggests a third way.

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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