Who We Are

Mission: The Andrus Family Fund supports the self-determination, power and liberation of Black, Brown, AAPI and Indigenous youth impacted by youth justice, child welfare and other disruptive systems.

Vision: We envision a just society in which Black, Brown, AAPI, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, disabled and undocumented youth are thriving in empowered and supportive communities, free from state violence and family separation.

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.

Read about our funding priorities to learn how we are building on the knowledge, experience and lessons learned through our work together as funders, movement partners and the broader field.

Our Board

Amara Andrus

Meg Belais
Vice Chair

Sam Downes

C'Ardiss Gardner Gleser

Jesus Gonzalez

Daryl Hannah

Emily Klass

Katharine Korchnak

Zelpha McGoldrick

Lucero Noyola

Elizabeth Olsson

Tyler Pakradooni

Marcus Pope

Julia Voorhees

Our Team

Mishi Faruqee

Zaira Cedano
Senior Program Associate

Lincoln Mondy
Program Officer


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 2018**

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

**Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center.