Theory of Change
The Surdna Foundation believes that the inequities in American society are historical, attitudinal and structural. We believe that addressing racial inequity and power imbalances is critical to solving many of the long-term and embedded social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges that communities across the United States face.
At Surdna, we believe that individual and community well-being is predicated on a more equitable distribution of resources and the inclusion of community members in the decision- and policy-making that impact their future. We believe we can achieve a more just and sustainable society by directing our financial and human resources towards:
- Democratic Participation, where communities of color and low-wealth communities have decision-making and political power to enable self-determination.
- Wealth Creation, where communities of color and low-wealth communities build and sustain wealth, in all its forms, and economic power to achieve a more just and sustainable society.
- Increased Accountability, where communities of color and low-wealth communities have the power to hold policymakers and institutions accountable to ensure all community benefits are shared equitably.