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

From the President

  • 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.


  • Surdna Mourns the Passing and Celebrates the Life of Edie Thorpe, Former Trustee

    edie 150pxEdie Thorpe, one of the remarkable people in the Surdna Foundation’s last 25 years and someone who was the creative force that helped establish the Andrus Family Fund and the building of the Andrus family's philanthropic identity, has passed.


  • A Board’s Rekindled Energy Brings Momentum


    The Board of the Surdna Foundation convened, as it always does, a week after Labor Day.  Our September meeting always feels like the start of a new year.  Summer is over, kids are back in school, and a busy autumn awaits.  And this meeting, in many ways, felt like the beginning of something for Surdna.  The meeting became an experiment—an example, really—of a new kind of board engagement and leadership. 


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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