Youth Power
to Abolish
Harmful Systems

Funding Priorities

The Andrus Family Fund seeks to support grassroots community organizations that are building the power of BIPOC youth and families to abolish harmful systems and design transformative approaches for creating safe, just and thriving communities. We are building on the knowledge, experience and lessons learned through our work together as funders, movement partners and the broader field.

Andrus Family Fund funds frontline youth-led and family-led groups that are working to divest their communities from prisons, police and foster care placements and to end the criminalization of BIPOC youth and families. We fund community organizing groups that work to ensure impacted communities of color have greater decision-making of public safety and child welfare policies.

What we fund:

  • Youth and family-led campaigns to end youth incarceration, school policing, and foster care and to reinvest in community-driven solutions
  • Work to dismantle harmful policies and practices within the youth justice and child welfare systems
  • Efforts to strengthen infrastructure within abolitionist movements
  • Local groups creating community-led models of youth well being, safety and justice


Our grantmaking does not support:

  • Individuals
  • Direct service programs
  • Standalone film and documentary projects
  • Capital campaigns or building construction
  • Projects that are based or focused outside of the United States, tribal lands, or U.S. territories
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Awards, scholarships, or endowment funds


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.