News & Insights

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

July 26, 2022

Threewalls Announces 2022 RaD Lab+Outside the Walls Fellows

THREEWALLS ANNOUNCES 2022 RAD LAB+OUTSIDE THE WALLS FELLOWS Five ALAANA-Identified Artists Receive Research Support for Racial Justice Work Artists Will Receive $400,000 to Support Five Year-Long Neighborhood-Based Projects in Chicago…

Andrus Family Fund
June 23, 2022

Meet Andrus Family Fund’s New Interim Director

A letter from Andrus Family Fund's Nyoka Acevedo: Dearest AFF Community, After two incredible years at the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), I am nervous and excited to share that my family is moving abroad, and my last day as interim director will…

May 11, 2022

Sophy Yem Promoted to Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy

We are thrilled to announce Sophy Yem’s promotion to Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy at the Surdna Foundation.   In this role, Sophy will continue to lead the Foundation’s grantmaking, engagement, and relationships to support the…

March 3, 2022

The Surdna Foundation Announces Three Promotions 

With the new year in full swing, we are pleased to announce three promotions at the Surdna Foundation:   Alison Corwin has taken helm as Program Director of Sustainable Environments.   As Director, Alison will oversee a $9.2 million…

Inclusive Economies
January 25, 2022

Measuring Together: A Learning Approach for Inclusive Economies 

In 2020, the Surdna Foundation’s Inclusive Economies and Learning Grants Operations teams, alongside a dedicated group of grantee partners, completed phase one of a two-part pilot program to co-create a set of metrics and indicators to measure…

Andrus Family Fund
December 4, 2021

This Foundation Let Youth Organizers Decide Where to Give its Money

By Kristin Toussaint | Originally published by Fast Company In a typical room where nonprofits do the work of grantmaking—deciding which programs and solutions to fund with their philanthropic dollars—the faces around that table likely…

November 15, 2021

Founders First Closes Oversubscribed Series A Funding

In March 2021, Founders First Capital Partners announced its initial close for a $9 million Series A financing. The Surdna and Rockefeller foundations backed the initial round of financing. This week, we are thrilled to share that Founders First…