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.
The Surdna Foundation fosters just and sustainable communities by making grants in the United States in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Environments
  • Strong Local Economies
  • Thriving Cultures
  • Foundation Initiatives

SURDNA partners with local and national organizations to ensure they have the staff, know-how and leadership capabilities to succeed in creating meaningful change against some of our nation’s most pressing issues.
A just and sustainable community is a place with a high quality of life that makes it a desirable place to live, work, and play. It’s a place that offers a balance of productive activity and leisure, consumption and conservation, individualism and community. Sustaining that quality of life demands a healthy environment, strong local economies, and a vibrant cultural life, all enriching and reinforcing one another.
At the Surdna Foundation, we actively find ways to enhance our work by forging cohesion across the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts. We seek emerging opportunities, reserving some resources in order to make an immediate impact with our giving when warranted.
The foundation emphasizes social justice in our work, recognizing the structural and systemic barriers experienced within our communities and are devoted to finding solutions that dismantle them. The importance of young people, organizing, and leadership development in addressing these barriers are lessons we carry forward from previous work at the Foundation.
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