Who We Are

Mission: The Andrus Family Fund seeks to foster just and sustainable change in the United States. We do this by supporting organizations that advance social justice and improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Vision: We envision a just society in which vulnerable youth have more than one opportunity for a good life.

History: The Surdna Foundation’s Board of Directors launched AFF in January 2000 as a next generation philanthropy to engage more than 400 extended family members between the ages of 25 and 45 in public service and organized philanthropy. While AFF is legally a fund of Surdna, it manages its own grant making program and processes.

Our Board

Meg Belais

C'Ardiss Gardner Gleser

Lindsey Griffith

Raymond Holgado

Megan Kelly

Emily Klass

Greg Korchnak

Duncan Macpherson

Christopher Spensley

Kaitlin Miles
Vice Chair

Molly Thorpe

Edgar Vilanueva

Julia Voorhees

Our Team

Manuela Arciniegas

Nyoka Acevedo
Program Officer

Zaira Cedano
Administrative Assistant

Bari Katz
Key Consultant


Awarded each year in AFF GRANTS


Awarded since 2001


Youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional and/or residential facilities in the U.S.*


Children ages 16-20 who exited foster care in 2017**

*As of 2017. Figure provided by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

**Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center.