Through our investments, we dismantle the barriers that limit opportunities to create more prosperous, enriching, and sustainable communities. Taken together, our investments build capacity, spark innovation, and connect stakeholders while encouraging lesson-sharing between grantees.
We support and invest in the growth of robust, sustainable economies with diverse businesses owned by people of color and the advancement of equitable economic development.
We support the creation of just and sustainable communities in which low-wealth and communities of color have the power to self-determine the ownership, control and stewardship of land and its infrastructure assets.
We invest in artists, culture-bearers, designers, and media-makers of color who partner with their communities to radically imagine justice and foster the conditions for just systems and practices to be adopted.
Building Trust Through Practice: A Shared Journey Toward an Inclusive Economy
There's a lot of talk in philanthropy about racial justice, trusting and centering grantees, sharing power, and enabling the risks necessary for innovative ideas to launch, succeed, or fail. But what does this look like in practice? In this…
May 11, 2022
Sophy Yem Promoted to Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy
We are thrilled to announce Sophy Yem’s promotion to Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy at the Surdna Foundation. In this role, Sophy will continue to lead the Foundation’s grantmaking, engagement, and relationships to support the…
What We're Learning
April 11, 2022
Grantee Perception Report: What We Heard and How We Plan to Do Better
By Don Chen and Jon Goldberg Have you ever had food stuck in your teeth and only found out when you looked in the mirror hours later? If you’re like us, you probably thought, “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” The truth is that it’s tricky…
April 5, 2022
Intersectional environmentalism: How foundations simultaneously address race and climate
Surdna’s Sustainable Environments Program Director, Alison Corwin recently spoke with reporter Jake Safane about how environmental and racial issues are intertwined. The excerpt below was originally published by Alliance Magazine: Conserving…