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Movement Partner Spotlight: Juvenile Law Center

By Andrus Family Fund on July 27, 2022

Juvenile Law Center explains why it’s important to take the lead from young people as they advocate for alternatives to incarceration that create … Read More >

Movement Partner Spotlight: PolicyLink

By Andrus Family Fund on July 5, 2022

Anand Subramanian of PolicyLink explains what abolition is (and isn’t), the importance of visioning and centering young people in the movement.

Movement Partner Spotlight: Communities United

By Andrus Family Fund on June 28, 2022

Meyiya Coleman of Communities United speaks to us about the power of youth organizing and how it led to major reforms for police … Read More >

Meet AFF’s new Interim Director

By Andrus Family Fund on June 23, 2022

Dearest AFF Community, After two incredible years at the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), I am nervous and excited to share that my family … Read More >

AFF is looking for a new Director

By Andrus Family Fund on May 17, 2022

Click here to learn more about the Director position from our search group, Koya Partners.

Movement Partner Spotlight: Youth First Initiative

By Andrus Family Fund on May 12, 2022

Hernan Carvente Martinez of Youth First Initiative explains what abolition means to him, what a world without youth prisons looks like and what … Read More >

Movement Partner Spotlight: Movement for Family Power

By Andrus Family Fund on April 25, 2022

Erin Miles Cloud of Movement for Family Power explains how dismantling the child welfare system fits within the wider abolitionist movement and the … Read More >

Movement Partner Spotlight: YWFC

By Andrus Family Fund on April 15, 2022

Listen to Jessica Nowlan of Young Women’s Freedom Center speak about the importance of investing in systems-impacted youth leadership and building collective power … Read More >

Movement Partner Spotlight: CURYJ

By Andrus Family Fund on March 11, 2022

George Galvis and Xochtil Larios of CURYJ speak about the power of restorative justice, youth leadership and organizing in the abolitionist movement.

Strategic Refresh 2022

By Andrus Family Fund on February 8, 2022

The Next Evolution of Andrus Family Fund

By Manuela Arciniegas on February 8, 2022

Dear Movement Partners: I have two pieces of exciting news to share with you. The first is about the Andrus Family Fund’s strategic … Read More >

Visionary Freedom Fund featured in Fast Company

By Andrus Family Fund on December 6, 2021

“When it came to a new round of funding from the Andrus Family Fund, the foundation wanted to do something different. As part … Read More >

Speaking Truth to Power: Narrative Change for Youth Power Building

By Nyoka Acevedo & Manuela Arciniegas on November 17, 2021

On October 18th, 2021, grantee/movement partners of the Andrus Family Fund, Surdna Foundation, Wellspring Foundation, Youth First State Advocacy Fund, Communities for Just … Read More >

Manifest with Campaign for Youth Justice

By Out Of The Margins on October 21, 2021

Manifest with Youth Engagement Fund

By Out Of The Margins on October 7, 2021

The Visionary Freedom Fund Announces Inaugural Cohort of Grant Recipients in Grantmaking Led by Youth Organizers to Transform Youth Justice System

By Andrus Family Fund on September 28, 2021

VFF distributes $2.5 million to 26 youth-led groups transforming the justice system and invites donors to join the movement to fund all 600 … Read More >

A Vision for the Future: Visionary Freedom Fund

By Out Of The Margins on September 27, 2021

Continuing to Diversify our Board Toward Equitable Grantmaking

By AFF Board on September 21, 2021

In 2017, the Andrus Family Fund welcomed our first cohort of community members, ushering in a new era of next-gen philanthropic leadership. We … Read More >

Manifest with Transgender Law Center

By Out Of The Margins on September 16, 2021

Manifest with FCYO

By Out Of The Margins on September 2, 2021

Manifest with Foster Youth in Action

By Out Of The Margins on August 19, 2021

Dream with Young Women’s Freedom Center

By Out Of The Margins on July 29, 2021

Dream with Common Justice

By Out Of The Margins on July 15, 2021

Dream with S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

By Out Of The Margins on July 1, 2021

Dream with Resilient Strategies

By Out Of The Margins on June 10, 2021

Dream with Youth First Initiative

By Out Of The Margins on May 17, 2021

A Conviction is Not Justice

By Manuela Arciniegas on April 21, 2021

Dear Community, This week we heard a verdict that delivered some justice to George Floyd’s family, to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color … Read More >

Invest in Communities

By Out Of The Margins on March 26, 2021

6 Ways Funders Can Support Visionary Freedom

By Manuela Arciniegas on March 23, 2021

The following article is co-authored by Manuela Arciniegas, Director of AFF, Bryan Perlmutter and Jessica Pierce of Piece by Piece Strategies. Manuela is … Read More >

AFF Board Member & AFF Consultant Develop A Racial Justice Curriculum for Family Foundations

By Andrus Family Fund on March 19, 2021

The National Center for Family Philanthropy has launched the Racial Justice Learning and Action Network to deepen engagement with issues of race in … Read More >

How AFF’s Inaugural Movement Partner Advisory Council Will Help Build A More Aligned, Liberated Philanthropic Practice

By Manuela Arciniegas on March 3, 2021

Recently, movement leaders, board members and AFF staff gathered (virtually) for our annual board meeting. This meeting was a historic occasion for our … Read More >

Divest for Abolition

By Out Of The Margins on February 11, 2021

Social Justice Philanthropy Toolkit

By Andrus Family Fund on February 7, 2021

Our curriculum introduces social justice principles and themes, as well as explores the importance of having these values live deeply within philanthropy. However, … Read More >

Nothing About Us Without Us: AFF Welcomes Movement Partner Advisory Council

By Manuela Arciniegas on January 21, 2021

“Nothing about us without us.” James Charlton, Disability Rights Movement Author Dear Community, After 20 years of philanthropic work, AFF is excited to … Read More >

2020 Year in Review

By Andrus Family Fund on January 19, 2021

See how the Andrus Family Fund and grantee partners advanced our mission in a time of radical change. Click here.

Visionary Freedom Fund Launch

By Andrus Family Fund on January 12, 2021

The Visionary Freedom Fund (VFF) celebrated its launch with a digital event on December 3, 2020. The following is a recording of the event, where … Read More >