The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation was created in 1997 in memory of John E. Andrus and enhances the Andrus family’s longstanding commitment to Westchester County, New York. Taking into consideration the family’s roots and charitable activities, the Foundation determined that the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation would focus its grantmaking on older people living in Westchester County, with a special interest in the City of Yonkers.
Since November 2000 when the Foundation approved its current grantmaking strategy, more than $5.2 million in grants has been awarded to nonprofit organizations. Grantmaking in the coming years is expected to be approximately $700,000 each year.
Grants are targeted primarily to Westchester County, New York, with special attention to the City of Yonkers. In addition to grants to local nonprofit organizations, the Foundation makes “field-building” grants to nationally-recognized organizations for projects designed to advance policy and practice while directly benefiting Yonkers and Westchester County.