News & Insights

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

From the President
January 18, 2021

Answering Dr. King’s Question: Where Do We Go from Here?

On this day of remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I'm acutely in need of solace and inspiration. In recent days, I've found myself reaching for his 1968 book, Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community? because the question of…

From the President
January 7, 2021

The Attack on the Capitol: A Call for Accountability and Action

Yesterday's lawless attack on Congress at the Capitol building was an unbelievable and yet completely predictable attempt to overturn the results of America's electoral process and subvert our democracy. It is a direct result of dangerous…

Thriving Cultures
December 11, 2020

Boston Arts Pilot Program Centers BIPOC Voices

By Drew Adams A Boston-area regranting initiative might provide one blueprint for future arts funding, if not for equitable grantmaking more generally. The city of Boston has partnered with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design…

What We're Learning
December 10, 2020

Standing up for Justice

Now in its 103rd year, the Surdna Foundation is, amazingly, still led by descendants of our founder, John Emory Andrus. During most of its history, Surdna’s mission was nonspecific, a common practice at the turn of the 20th century. Until the…

November 11, 2020

Donors and Foundations Are Increasingly Supporting Movements

This recent article by Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) highlights Surdna as one of a growing number of foundations that are supporting movements for racial justice. You can read an…