The Andrus family is dedicated to improving the lives of others through its many philanthropies.
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For five generations, since 1917, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity. Read More
The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation was created in 1997 in memory of John E. Andrus and enhances the Andrus family’s longstanding commitment to Westchester County, New York. The Benedict Foundation is committed to creating good places for people to grow older while maintaining the maximum possible levels of independence. The Benedict Foundation is focused on creating aging-friendly neighborhoods and actively engaging older people in their communities. Read More
The Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial – also known as the Andrus Children’s Center – is a private non-profit community agency offering prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives. Read More
The Andrus Family Fund, a sub-fund of the Surdna Foundation, was established in 2000 to give fifth generation family members between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five an opportunity to learn about and participate in organized philanthropy. While AFF operates under the 501(c)(3) status of the Surdna Foundation, AFF defines and manages its own grantmaking program and process. Read More
The Board of Directors of the Surdna Foundation launched the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program (AFPP) in January, 2000 to engage and involve its larger family, in particular its younger generations, in philanthropy and public service. The program includes the Andrus Family Fund which was established to provide opportunities for younger family members to learn about and participate in organized philanthropy. Read More