News & Insights

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

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…

April 14, 2021

We Stand for Democracy

In response to discriminatory efforts to suppress voting across the country, hundreds of business, tech, health, nonprofit, and foundation leaders, including Surdna Foundation President Don Chen, joined forces to issue the below statement. This…

March 17, 2021

Rising Up for Racial Justice

In the spirit of sharing knowledge at The Funders Network's "Rise Together" conference, we curated a list of four ways funders can support BIPOC communities. Each of these resources has helped shape how Surdna thinks about and funds racial justice.…