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The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) seeks to foster just and sustainable change in the United States. Our work is guided by a strong commitment to social justice and racial equity. Removing barriers and creating conditions in which our most vulnerable youth can thrive not only impacts their lives but also our country’s economic prosperity.

AFF receives a large number of requests for many interesting, innovative and worthwhile projects and organizations. Our selection process is competitive and we cannot award grants to every applicant. Read our guidelines thoroughly to ensure you are a good fit before  submitting your grant application. Still have questions? Contact us.

Who We Fund

The Andrus Family Fund’s grant-making priorities are directly aligned with our values and a strong commitment to social justice and racial equity. As a result, we are interested in partnering with organizations that understand the intersection of racial and economic justice.

We are looking for organizations that are not only interested in receiving a grant, but in building a network of partners and strengthening the fields in which we work.

  • Eligibility
  • Special Considerations
  • Groups must be tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Organizations can also submit Letters of Inquiry through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has a 501 (c) (3) status

We only fund organizations that:

  • Address the needs of young people ages 16-24 impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems
  • Align with our four key values

We give preference to organizations that:

  • Authentically engage young people and provide opportunities for them to be involved in directing their own lives and shaping their own communities
  • Employ culturally relevant and appropriate policies and practices
  • Provide direct services that address the needs of young people impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems
  • Work to create new career pathways and improve existing pathways that lead to upward economic mobility for youth and young adults
  • Utilize policy change and advocacy as approaches to removing barriers and ensuring the healthy development of young people
  • Can demonstrate moderate evidence of program impact or articulate plans for making measurable progress
  • Are actively pursuing cross-sector partnerships with youth-serving systems
  • Prioritize the needs of low-income communities and youth of color in their work
  • Maintain sound financial practices and management
  • Demonstrate a capacity and willingness to share best practices and knowledge with their colleagues and others in the field

What We Fund

We fund organizations that operate within the following categories:

  • Direct Service
  • Policy / Advocacy
  • Community Organizing
  • Deliver high quality programs and services that are developmentally appropriate for older youth
  • Provide access to programs and services that contribute to the well-being of youth and their communities.
  • Understand that effective and authentic change requires the active voice of those to be impacted by policy change
  • Work to counter punitive and unjust policies that disproportionately impact historically disenfranchised communities and communities of color
  • Ensure the active participation and leadership of youth and young adults at all levels of decision-making
  • Work to recruit and build the leadership capacity of current and potential grassroots leaders
  • Work to mobilize community members and partners

What We Don't Fund

As a general rule the Andrus Family Fund does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns or building construction
  • Projects that are internationally based or focused
  • Purchasing of equipment
  • Conference scholarships

The LOI Portal is now closed. Thanks for your interest in Andrus Family Fund.