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

What We're Learning
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…

Sustainable Environments
August 11, 2020

Equitable Evaluation: Learning with the Frontlines of Racial Justice

How can we in philanthropy do a better job of supporting the kind of collaboration and shared learning that grassroots organizations need to grow their movements? In 2019, the Surdna Foundation Sustainable Environments team set out to better…

What We're Learning
July 2, 2020

Seven Recommendations for Rapid Response Grantmaking

Casey Pechan of Fluxx Labs recently told the story of how Surdna shifted its grantmaking strategy to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the needs of our grantees. Below is an excerpt of Casey's blog post, which you can read in full — and…

What We're Learning
August 4, 2017

Funders’ Network Report: Anchored in Place

Anchor institutions can play a vital role in strengthening and connecting local economies, and can serve as powerful drivers for building inclusive and equitable communities. A new report issued this week by the Funders’ Network as part of its…

What We're Learning
May 6, 2016

Moving Beyond Job Creation

Since the end of the Great Recession, almost 12 million jobs have been created — but most have been in low-wageoccupations and at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants. Average wages for working Americans have dropped 23 percent.…

What We're Learning
March 17, 2016

Ours to Share: How Worker-Ownership Can Change the American Economy

Since the 2007 financial meltdown, we have seen firsthand the disruptive power of rising inequality and economic volatility. The Great Recession brought to the forefront the need for inclusive, sustainable growth and economic security for all. At…

What We're Learning
March 17, 2016

Report: Slicing the Budget Pie for Big Business

A detailed analysis of economic development budgets in three diverse states—Florida, Missouri, and New Mexico—finds that at least 68 percent of overall state economic development spending goes to large companies and programs that support those…

What We're Learning
February 18, 2016

The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem

The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework presents the recent wave of worker cooperative development as a timely, high-potential strategy for inclusive, place-based community economic development. The Democracy at Work Institute, a Surdna…