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Succeeding Together: Meet Niara, AFF’s Summer Intern

By andrusfamfund on July 3, 2019

Niara Nelson joins the AFF staff as this year’s summer intern. Learn more about her below. Tell us about yourself. I am a … Read More >

Grantee Spotlight: Ruby Ruiz of Communities United/VOYCE

By andrusfamfund on June 25, 2019

A space to build youth power and ignite movements *This was recorded/written prior to the passage of the HB 2084 bill in the … Read More >

Making Philanthropy Work for Everyone

By andrusfamfund on June 5, 2019

AFF board member C’Ardiss “CC” Gardner Gleser reflects on how white supremacy shows up in philanthropy and the resiliency of communities of color … Read More >

Out of the Margins: Disrupting Disruptive Systems

By Out Of The Margins on May 14, 2019

On this episode, Manuela sits down with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA to hear about their motivation for doing this work, … Read More >

Grantee Spotlight: Danielle Sered of Common Justice

By Manuela Arciniegas on March 22, 2019

Danielle Sered envisioned, launched and directs grantee partner Common Justice. The organization develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of … Read More >

Andrea Vazquez Jimenez on Removing Cops from Schools in Toronto

By andrusfamfund on February 14, 2019

We believe removing law enforcement from schools is a step in the right direction to fostering a safe learning environment for young people … Read More >

An Unprecedented Opportunity

By Jennifer Kaizer on February 8, 2019

An Unprecedented Opportunity: Organizing Next Generation Donors and Trustees to Practice Effective Change Philanthropy The Surdna Foundation and Andrus Family Fund recently commissioned … Read More >

Monique Morris of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute: PUSHOUT

By andrusfamfund on January 21, 2019

Listen as President and founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, Dr. Monique Morris, discusses her groundbreaking new book ‘PUSHOUT: The Criminalization … Read More >

New Year Announcements

By Manuela Arciniegas on January 18, 2019

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Maya Angelou Happy New Year! It is with great pleasure that we usher in yet … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Together We Will Remember Who We Are

By Out Of The Margins on January 14, 2019

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A Bittersweet Departure

By Leticia Peguero on November 28, 2018

I write today with bittersweet news. After an incredible almost six years at the Andrus Family Fund, I have decided that it is time … Read More >

Learning Session: Immigration & Juvenile Justice Intersections

By andrusfamfund on November 15, 2018

AFF’s learning sessions are an opportunity to highlight the work of our grantees and other leaders in the field, as well as a … Read More >

Learning Session: LGBTQ Youth Impacted by the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Systems

By andrusfamfund on November 15, 2018

AFF’s learning sessions are an opportunity to highlight the work of our grantees and other leaders in the field, as well as a … Read More >

Learning Session: The Role that Trauma-Informed Interventions Play Working with Police

By andrusfamfund on November 15, 2018

AFF’s learning sessions are an opportunity to highlight the work of our grantees and other leaders in the field, as well as a … Read More >

Andrea Vasquez Jimenez of LAEN Toronto at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 19, 2018

Andrea Vasquez Jimenez, Co-Director of LAEN talks about co-creating spaces for community building and working towards liberation at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018.

Antonio Travis of Black Man Rising and FFLIC at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 13, 2018

Antonio Travis, Founder of Black Man Rising and Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, speaks about Hurricane Katrina, racism, and renewal at … Read More >

Maricruz Rivera Clemente of COPI at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 12, 2018

  Maricruz Rivera Clemente of COPI speaks about defending the Puerto Rican environment and community at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018.

Ronsha A. Dickerson and Zakiya Ansari at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 12, 2018

Ronsha A. Dickerson, National Organizer for Journey for Justice Alliance, and Zakiya Ansari, Advocacy Director for Alliance for Quality Education, share their thoughts … Read More >

Tania Rosario-Méndez of Taller Salud at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 10, 2018

Tania Rosario Méndez of Taller Salud, a community-based feminist organization founded in 1979, speaks about operationalizing resiliency and finding the tools needed to … Read More >

Marién Torres López of Taller Tambuyé at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on October 8, 2018

Marién is the founder of Taller Tambuyé, an organization that celebrates the art of Puerto Rican bomba—a musical form that is native to … Read More >

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018 Convenes Education and Youth Justice Organizers, Advocates and Funders in San Juan, Puerto Rico One Year After Hurricane Maria

By Jennifer Kaizer on October 5, 2018

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018 (EASJ2018) is a unique education and youth justice convening co-hosted by Andrus Family Fund (AFF) and the Communities … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Planting the Seeds of Liberation

By Out Of The Margins on September 24, 2018

In this episode, we speak with Xiomara Caro Díaz, Director of New Organizing Projects at the Center for Popular Democracy and Advisory Committee … Read More >

Author Mayra Santos-Febres at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018

By andrusfamfund on September 20, 2018

Puerto Rican author Mayra Santos-Febres shares her vision for the future of Puerto Rico and why Hurricane Maria was actually a blessing at … Read More >

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018 Trailer

By andrusfamfund on August 30, 2018

Enjoy the trailer for Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018!

Out Of The Margins: Speaking Truth to Power with Youth Radio

By Out Of The Margins on August 14, 2018

If culture is the pursuit of truth, then young people need a platform to speak their truth. In this episode we speak with … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Protecting Immigrant Children in New York

By Out Of The Margins on May 30, 2018

At least 35,000 children immigrate to the United States every year as unaccompanied minors. Many of those children end up in New York … Read More >

Learning Session: Career Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Supports for Vulnerable Youth

By andrusfamfund on May 18, 2018

AFF’s learning sessions are an opportunity to highlight the work of our grantees and other leaders in the field, as well as a … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Transformational Solidarity in the Immigrant Rights Movement

By Out Of The Margins on April 12, 2018

We speak with immigration advocates Rose Cahn of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center about … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Fighting Harsh Immigration in Arizona

By Out Of The Margins on March 15, 2018

Frederick Douglass told us that “if there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Our guests in this episode of Out Of The … Read More >

The Surdna Foundation and Andrus Family Fund Pledge $800,000 to Next-Generation Social Justice Philanthropy

By Leticia Peguero on February 7, 2018

21 national organizations awarded grants, advancing the Foundation’s commitment to social justice values as part of its Centennial grantmaking. The Surdna Foundation, in … Read More >

#HayOtraForma: Another Way to Realize Justice

By Leticia Peguero on January 16, 2018

Over the past few years, I have tried to make #HayOtraFroma trend on social media. This hashtag is so relevant to me because … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: No Child Is Incorrigible

By Out Of The Margins on January 15, 2018

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole. Today’s guest is … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Reducing Violent Crime Without Prison

By Out Of The Margins on December 21, 2017

Today’s guest on Out Of The Margins is Danielle Sered. She and Leticia discuss how Danielle’s organization, Common Justice, develops and advances solutions … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Stop Sentencing Kids to Life in Prison

By Out Of The Margins on November 15, 2017

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children are unconstitutional. However, more than a dozen states still sentence kids … Read More >

“El Negro Bembón:” Puerto Rico’s Invisibility Crisis Before and After Hurricane Maria

By Leticia Peguero on October 27, 2017

I am yet again drawn to the musical wisdom of Afro-Boriqua singer Ismael Rivera and composer Cortijo as I reflect on a national … Read More >

Out Of The Margins: Crisis in Puerto Rico

By Out Of The Margins on October 24, 2017

*Recorded on October 6, 2017* Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the United States territory of Puerto Rico, the island is experiencing a … Read More >

Applying Our Purpose Through Our Board

By Molly Thorpe on September 21, 2017

At AFF, we’re constantly looking for innovative ways to better serve our grantee partners. Our grantmaking process and new capacity-building program are examples … Read More >

“Las Caras Lindas”: A reflection on Charlottesville and white supremacy

By Leticia Peguero on August 16, 2017

My favorite rendition of the song, “Las Caras Lindas,” is by Afro-Boricua icon and singer Ismael Rivera. Translated literally, he calls us to love … Read More >

100 Years of Philanthropy and Connection

By Jennifer Kaizer on August 5, 2017

This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the centennial of the Surdna Foundation, Andrus Family Fund’s parent foundation. AFF’s Program Associate, Jennifer Kaizer, … Read More >

Questions We Need to Ask in Philanthropy

By Leticia Peguero on July 26, 2017

A couple of months ago, while the weather was still cold, I jumped on an Amtrak train headed to an even colder Boston … Read More >

Capacity Building Through Deep Listening: Introducing SOAR

By Manuela Arciniegas on July 6, 2017

After more than three years of deep listening to our grantee partners, we are excited to launch a new capacity-building program called SOAR: … Read More >

Coming Together for Justice: Lisa Thurau

By andrusfamfund on June 12, 2017

Lisa Thurau, Executive Director of Strategies for Youth, discusses youth organizing, overcoming oppression, and compromising in an unjust society at Education Anew: Shifting … Read More >

Coming Together for Justice: Kim McGill

By andrusfamfund on June 12, 2017

Organizer Kim McGill of the Youth Justice Coalition shares her thoughts on the importance and challenges of “freedom fighter” work at Education Anew: … Read More >

Coming Together for Justice: Liz Ryan

By andrusfamfund on June 12, 2017

Liz Ryan of Youth First Initiative talks about the injustices of youth prisons as a catalyst for why they should be abolished at … Read More >

I Choose Love To Build A Stronger Movement

By Leticia Peguero on April 7, 2017

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the … Read More >

Coming Together for Justice: Tavon Bridges

By andrusfamfund on April 7, 2017

Youth organizer Tavon Bridges of Youth Organizing Institute shares his thoughts on organizing strategies and his dreams for a just world at Education … Read More >

Education Anew: Shifting Justice – Coming Together for Justice: Allison Brown & Leticia Peguero

By andrusfamfund on February 17, 2017

Allison Brown of the Communities for Just Schools Fund and Leticia Peguero of the Andrus Family Fund share their thoughts on youth justice … Read More >

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016 Trailer

By andrusfamfund on December 22, 2016

On November 4-6, 2016 hundreds of advocates, funders, organizers and youth gathered in Memphis, TN for one purpose: Shifting Justice. This is the … Read More >

Out Of The Margins Podcast: Realizing Youth Justice

By Out Of The Margins on December 16, 2016

In today’s podcast, we hear from Liz Ryan of Youth First about her advocacy work to close youth prisons and realize justice for … Read More >

Out Of The Margins Podcast, Episode 2: Education Justice is Racial Justice

By Out Of The Margins on December 1, 2016

Today’s podcast features Allison Brown, “peaceful warrior” and Executive Director of the Communities for Just Schools Fund. Listen as she unpacks the injustices that disproportionately … Read More >

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016 – Kim McGill Interview

By andrusfamfund on November 5, 2016

Kim McGill of Youth Justice Coalition speaks about what being an organizer really is at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016.

Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016 Hackathon Day 1

By andrusfamfund on November 5, 2016

A group of young collaborators brainstorm app ideas at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016’s Hackathon Day 1.

Tia Martinez at Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2016

By andrusfamfund on November 4, 2016

Tia Martinez of Forward Change Consulting shares her wish for the world for her children and grandchildren with us at Education Anew: Shifting … Read More >

Out Of The Margins Podcast, Episode 1: Philanthropy Gets Real

By Out Of The Margins on October 21, 2016

Andrus Family Fund Board Chair Kim Kaupe talks about the intersection of philanthropy and business, living your mission and how AFF is breaking … Read More >

Lessons Learned: Reflections on PolicyLink’s Equity Summit 2015, Part 2

By Manuela Arciniegas on March 18, 2016

Last week I highlighted some of the major lessons I learned at PolicyLink’s Equity Summit. Below are a few additional insights that will … Read More >

Lessons Learned: Reflections on PolicyLink’s Equity Summit 2015

By Manuela Arciniegas on March 9, 2016

In October of 2015, I packed my bags and headed to sunny California to join over 3000 organizers, policy advocates, artists, academics, entrepreneurs, … Read More >

Creating Opportunity: Working Together to Build an Inclusive Workforce

By Erik Estrada on February 5, 2016

In our last blog post, we identified the skills gap that contributes to America’s double digit youth unemployment rate. We also saw how … Read More >

Creating Opportunity: Connecting 5.5 Million Youth to Careers

By Erik Estrada on December 17, 2015

In our last blog series, we saw how our grantee partners are working together to disrupt inequity in New Orleans in order to … Read More >

Disrupting Inequity to Heal, not Harm: Transforming NOLA’s Juvenile Justice System

By Leticia Peguero on December 11, 2015

Previously in this blog series, we learned how grantee partners BreakOUT! and YEP are creating a more equitable New Orleans through their individual … Read More >

Disrupting Inequity to Heal, not Harm: Empowering NOLA’s LGBTQ Youth

By Leticia Peguero on November 20, 2015

In our last blog post, we saw how grantee partner YEP is disrupting the structural inequities affecting opportunity youth in New Orleans. Now, … Read More >

Disrupting Inequity to Heal, not Harm: Empowering NOLA’s Opportunity Youth

By Leticia Peguero on November 18, 2015

In our last blog series, we identified grantee partners in New York and California who incorporated healing, hope and care into their program … Read More >

Healing, Hope and Care: Models for Transforming the Lives of Vulnerable Youth, Part III

By Katrina Mitchell on October 27, 2015

Andrus Family Fund recognizes that in order to really transform vulnerable youth, healing, hope and care must be intrinsic to an organization’s model. … Read More >

Healing, Hope and Care: Models for Transforming the Lives of Vulnerable Youth, Part II

By Katrina Mitchell on October 16, 2015

The Andrus Family Fund recognizes the role that healing, hope and care play in developing young people as well as fostering strong, vibrant … Read More >

Healing, Hope and Care: Models for Transforming the Lives of Vulnerable Youth

By Katrina Mitchell on September 25, 2015

Children and youth do not grow up in programs and services; they are nurtured in healthy, vibrant communities. However, in order for them … Read More >

New Partners in Change

By Leticia Peguero on July 29, 2015

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” – Dr. … Read More >

Reimagining the Power of Young People

By Katrina Mitchell on February 6, 2015

In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we … Read More >

A New Year’s Reflection on Ferguson and Staten Island

By Leticia Peguero on January 22, 2015

As we paused this week to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his incredible legacy, we also paused to consider all of … Read More >

Andrus Family Fund Core Values

By andrusfamfund on October 17, 2014

A Time For Change

By Leticia Peguero on October 15, 2014

I’m excited to announce a new chapter in the history of the Andrus Family Fund. As Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot … Read More >