News & Insights

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

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…

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.…