About The Surdna Foundation
Created by John E. Andrus in 1917, the Surdna Foundation has assets of approximately $1 billion and an annual grantmaking budget of roughly $40 million. The Foundation has a staff of 27, who are working remotely until Surdna’s Midtown Manhattan office reopens in (expected) July 2021. The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social and racial justice and distinguished by healthy and sustainable environments, inclusive economies, and thriving cultures. Governed by a Board of Directors that includes fourth- and fifth-generation family members, the longstanding values of the Andrus family—practicality, modesty, excellence and an appreciation for serving those in need—underlie the Surdna Foundation’s work.
The Foundation provides funding support for efforts at the national, state, metropolitan, and local levels throughout the United States. It invests in the exchange of ideas across networks of people, institutions, and places with the intent of seeding innovative projects, programs, and policies and bringing them to scale across the country. It seeks grantmaking opportunities that include balanced efforts to: demonstrate the effectiveness of specific projects, practices, and models; advocate for and implement federal, state, and local public policy reforms; and empower, mobilize, and develop leadership and civic participation in communities and agencies.
The Surdna Foundation has three grantmaking areas: Inclusive Economies, Sustainable Environments, and Thriving Cultures. The Foundation also oversees the Andrus Family Fund, which focuses on empowering vulnerable youth. It recognizes that its programmatic interests are interrelated and is committed to supporting work across its programs to achieve its organizational objectives of democratic participation, wealth creation, and public and private sector accountability. It is committed to learning as a key approach to achieving its foundation-wide outcomes.