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.

Much of AFF’s earlier grant making was guided by the Transitions Framework and the belief that social change efforts will have a better chance for success when the emotional and psychological effects of the change process are recognized and addressed. AFF’s Board and staff adopted this framework and applied it broadly to social change in two program areas: (1) youth’s passage from foster care to independence; and (2) community reconciliation.

After an extensive review, we learned that while this framework was helpful to our grantees in managing their own internal organizational transitions, it limited our overall ability to impact change. The past 15 years also taught us the value of working closely with grantee partners and allowed us to support a myriad of organizations both large and small.

Building on the lessons learned and best practices of our previous work, in 2014 we announced a new strategic direction. One that will allow us to make a greater impact in the lives of America’s most vulnerable youth, while still continuing a “grant plus” approach that provides our grantees with connections to people and resources that can build their capacity while advancing their work.

Our Board

Meg Belais

C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser

Lindsey Griffith, Vice Chairperson

Raymond Holgado

Kim Kaupe

Julia Kelly

Megan Kelly, Secretary

Duncan Macpherson

Kaitlin Spensley, Treasurer

Courtney Bourne Spensley

Molly Thorpe, Chairperson

Edgar Villanueva

Julia Voorhees

Our Team

Leticia Peguero
Executive Director

Manuela Arciniegas
Associate Program Officer

Jennifer Kaizer
Program Associate

Laura Lemus
Program & Communications Associate

Katrina Mitchell
Key Consultant

Bari Katz
Key Consultant


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 2015**

*As of 2013. Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

**Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center.