News & Insights

The latest perspectives, news, reports, and resources from around the Foundation.

August 20, 2018

Don Chen Selected as Surdna Foundation’s Third President

NEW YORK – The Surdna Foundation’s board of directors announced today its unanimous and enthusiastic selection of Don Chen as the foundation’s new president. “Don has the track record, experience and deep commitment to social justice values…

Staff Perspectives
August 3, 2018

What Love Looks Like in Philanthropy: Shared Power and Transparency

How does philanthropy stay accountable to the values we claim to espouse? As the National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF) at ArtPlace America came to a close at the end of 2017, we decided to interrogate how effective we had been at aligning our…

July 23, 2018

Surdna Foundation Announces $14.23 Million in Grants

During the period of April-June 2018, 64 grants totaling $14,235,000 were approved by the Surdna Foundation staff and board to further the Foundation’s mission of fostering just and sustainable communities in the United States – communities…

Reports & Publications
June 18, 2018

Brookings Water Workforce Report

Building off previous workforce research, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program has released a first-of-its-kind analysis of jobs involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the country’s water infrastructure. Nearly 1.7…

June 8, 2018

Community LIFT: A Push for Place

By the end of July, the group that works to connect the dots among the city’s community development corporations plans to have a report that looks at how other cities are connecting the dots in a much broader way. Community LIFT has…

Board Perspectives
June 4, 2018

Surdna Board Member Kelly Nowlin Co-authors NCFP Publication

Family connectedness, not money, has the greatest influence on multi-generational family continuity. But when many think about legacy, it’s often in the context of multi-generational financial wealth. Money, though, masks what people are…

February 26, 2018

Statement on President Trump’s 2019 Federal Budget Request

President Trump has delivered his budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2019, which proposes significant cuts to and, in some cases, the complete elimination of key federal agencies – like the National Endowment for the Arts.  This has the…