News & Insights

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

Reports & Publications
November 4, 2022

How Surdna Centers Trust and Learns With Grantee Partners

For the Fall 2022 PEAK Grantmaking Journal, Surdna's Director of Learning and Grant Operations, Jonathan Goldberg shares a few ways the Foundation is building a culture of learning. This excerpt was originally published in PEAK's Emergent Learning…

Reports & Publications
June 15, 2022

Toward climate justice—A 10+ year evolution

What is climate justice? How are foundations incorporating it into their work and making a positive impact? Author Seema Shah, Ph.D. explores these questions in "Centering equity and justice in climate philanthropy." Commissioned by Ariadne and…

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…

Inclusive Economies
September 11, 2020

Developing and Implementing Grant Metrics

Findings From a Pilot With Surdna's Inclusive Economies Grantees At the Surdna Foundation, we believe that learning with and in service of our grantees is essential to driving impact. In this spirit, we conducted a pilot with our Inclusive…

Reports & Publications
June 29, 2020

Celestial Navigation: How to Fund Culture Change in the U.S.

If there was ever a moment for cultural strategy and investment in Black, Indigenous, and artists of color, it is now. Amid a global pandemic and a national uprising against systemic racism, we are witnessing the power of artists, cultural…

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…

Reports & Publications
October 18, 2017

Centennial Publication: Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation

"Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation" is the Surdna Foundation's final of three centennial publications. The narrative is a reflection on how Surdna's board landed on social justice as the core of the Foundation's grantmaking and why we have…

Reports & Publications
July 21, 2017

Helicon Collaborative Report: Not Just Money

Helicon Collaborative recently released Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy, a research study conducted with funding from the Surdna Foundation. The study continues Helicon's examination of inequities in arts funding in the…

Reports & Publications
May 5, 2017

Pacific Community Ventures Report on Quality Jobs

Transcending Politics: 5 Ways Congress Can Use Existing Bi-Partisan Policies and Programs to Create Millions of Good Jobs for Working People New report Recommends Common Sense Changes to Encourage Private Sector Investments in Quality Jobs…