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
Courtney Bourne Spensley
Senior Program Associate
Manuela Arciniegas is currently the Director at the Andrus Family Fund. Prior to being named Director, she served as Interim Director and AFF’s Program Officer, managing our capacity building initiative and a national community organizing portfolio.
Manuela brings over 15 years of experience in social justice, community organizing, youth development, and cultural arts education. She is a member of the New York City Youth Funders, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy NYC Steering Committee and an advisory board member of the Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She is currently conducting dissertation research for her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center focusing on how Afro-Caribbean religious music creates power and cultural change. When not working at AFF, Manuela directs The Legacy Women, a drum ensemble for women ages 23-55 that teaches and performs folk Afro-Caribbean music of resistance.
Manuela graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Government from Harvard University.
Senior Program Associate
Jennifer Kaizer is the Senior Program Associate for the Andrus Family Fund. She provides programmatic and administrative support to the team and our partners.
Over the past five 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. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service & Policy.
Outside of graduate school and 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.
Awarded each year in AFF GRANTS
Awarded since 2001
Youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional or residential facilities*
Children ages 16-20 who exited foster care in 2016**