News & Insights

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

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…

From the President
October 14, 2020

Stepping Up for Racial Justice

Across the U.S., millions have stepped up in support of Black lives and against systemic anti-Black racism. Today, I want to tell you how the Surdna Foundation is stepping up, too. Meeting the Moment Racial and social justice has long been at the…

October 14, 2020

Surdna Announces Additional $36 Million for Racial Justice

29% increase in funding will support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities to respond to today’s demands and pursue lasting solutions to systemic racism NEW YORK (October 14, 2020) — The Surdna Foundation announced today that it…