Other Initiatives

Occasionally, the Foundation pursues special initiatives in recognition of key milestones such as the Foundation’s 100th Anniversary or critical national events such as the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina.

For our 100th year, we celebrated our history, reflected on our work to date, and supported several new ideas in our continued pursuit of social justice.

Our pursuit of social justice lead us to work with national funders, aid organizations and volunteers from around the world In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to focus on rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, LA.

Past Initiatives

New Orleans Fund

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we worked with national funders, aid organizations and volunteers on rebuilding efforts.


In 2017, we marked our 100th year by reflecting on the legacy that has guided the Andrus family’s philanthropy.


Inclusive Economies

The Inclusive Economies Program fosters the creation of an inclusive and equitable economy in which people of color can maximize their potential as leaders, creators, and innovators across sectors.

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Sustainable Environments

The Sustainable Environments program seeks to support communities of color and low-wealth communities to direct infrastructure and land use investment dollars, drive decision-making processes and design policy solutions because those who are disproportionately impacted by environmental and climate inequity have the most powerful solutions to resolve these inequities.


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Thriving Cultures

The Thriving Cultures Program is guided by Radical Imagination for Racial Justice, our future-oriented, world-building strategy, which is organized across three interconnected grantmaking approaches:

  • Create invests (through regranting organizations) in artists of color who work with communities of color to imagine and build racially just systems and structures at a local scale.
  • Clarify invests in researchers and cultural critics of color to interpret and disseminate knowledge about the work of artists and to build a more equitable research and criticism infrastructure.
  • Connect advances the role of artists and communities of color in shaping public policy, narrative change, and philanthropic practices that advance racial justice.

What We Do Not Fund

Our grantmaking does not support:

  • Individuals (However, we do fund organizations that make grants to individual artists.)
  • Capital campaigns or building construction
  • Projects that are based or focused outside of the United States, tribal lands, or U.S. territories
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Awards, scholarships, or endowment funds

Grants are made by invitation only. We are not accepting unsolicited inquiries or letters of intent at this time.

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