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

From the President

  • Board Learning is Mission-Critical

    Surdna in New OrleansBoard learning is mission-critical. It’s one of the most important components to a high functioning organization that is often overlooked and underappreciated.






  • A New Year’s Reflection on Ferguson and Staten Island

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    The holiday season—from Christmas through the first few days of a new year—is a time when many of us pause, visit loved ones, recharge and reflect. As we turn with hope and optimism toward the year ahead we must not forget the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.


  • Risk, Failure and Learning

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    The preparation for any board meeting is considerable, but the payback for all the time and effort is that these meetings help us sharpen our focus on the work, and they provide us a moment in time to reflect on the challenges and questions we wrestle with.


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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