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.
C'Ardiss Gardner Gleser
Senior Program Associate
Manuela Arciniegas is the Director of the Andrus Family Fund. She manages AFF’s overall grantmaking portfolio of 65+ organizations addressing gun violence reduction, trauma-informed care, divesting from prisons, and the intersection between immigration and justice systems.
Prior to her role as Director, Manuela was a Program Officer at AFF. She designed and managed the S.O.A.R. capacity building initiative and launched the AFF Webinar Learning Sessions, which highlight our nation’s most innovative leaders promoting highly effective strategies that support youth impacted by the youth justice system — including African-American, Latinx, Native and LBGTQ youth.
Manuela serves as the co-chair of the Funders for Justice/Neighborhood Funders’ Group, the Fund for Women and Girls of Color, the Youth First State Advocacy Fund, the Youth Engagement Fund Advisory Board, the Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing Advisory Board, the New York City Youth Funders, the New York City Capacity Building Funder’s Collaborative and the Steering Committee for Funders for Criminal Justice Reform at Philanthropy New York.
Senior Program Associate
Jennifer Kaizer is the Senior Program Associate for the Andrus Family Fund. She provides programmatic and operations support to the team and our partners.
Over the past eight years, Jennifer has provided fundraising and program support through various roles in the nonprofit sector. She worked at The Posse Foundation, focusing on youth leadership development and the International Institute of New England in Boston, assisting immigrants and refugees prepare for and transition into American life.
While abroad in Ayacucho, Peru in 2009, Jennifer volunteered at Finca Peru, a nonprofit organization integrating women into the community’s economy.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Boston University and Masters in Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service & Policy.
Outside of work, Jennifer loves Vinyasa yoga, running marathons and biking. Every now and then you can find her wandering museums in New York City or searching for new places to visit.
Zaira Cedano is a temporary Administrative Assistant for the Andrus Family Fund. She provides additional programmatic and administrative support to the team and our partners.
Prior to working at the Andrus Family Fund, Zaira worked for Technical Traffic Consultants on auditing, generating reports, data analysis and coordinating new client account set-ups. Though she satisfied her intellectual side while working there, she always longed to return to work that was more rewarding and fulfilling. The shift from accounting to philanthropy is a welcomed change.
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.