WHAT WE DO
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.
- 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
- Capacity Building
- 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
SOAR—AFF’s Capacity Building Initiative—stands for Strengthening Organizations and Amplifying Resilience. SOAR seeks to enhance the organizational effectiveness of our partners by listening closely to our partner’s needs.
SOAR helps existing grantee partners access highly skilled trainers and organizational development consultants across diverse areas who can help them build strong, sustainable organizations.
SOAR engages in a capacity building process that is grantee-led and informed. Through SOAR, our partners work with select providers that specialize in strengthening organizational infrastructure, support leadership development grounded in somatics and healing justice, engage in strategic communications trainings, enhance internal financial, human resource or evaluation systems, and more.
What We Don't Fund
As a general rule the Andrus Family Fund does not fund:
- Capital campaigns or building construction
- Projects that are internationally based or focused
- Purchasing of equipment
- Conference scholarships
Frequently Asked Questions
- LETTER OF INQUIRY (LOI) QUESTIONS
- PROPOSAL QUESTIONS
- GENERAL QUESTIONS
When does the LOI portal open?
The LOI portal typically opens once a year during mid-April and stays open for one month. Due to COVID-19, we are not opening up the portal. To ensure your organization is alerted of future application dates, our process and other upcoming events please join our email list.
Does my organization fit the Andrus Family Fund’s grantmaking priorities?
Please take some time and carefully read eligibility, special considerations and the categories in which AFF funds to ensure your organization is a good fit before submitting an LOI.
Is there a word or character limit when answering LOI questions?
Due to the high volume of requests, AFF staff kindly ask organizations to be clear and concise in their responses to all LOI questions. We strongly recommend no more than 350 words. An average of 150-350 words per question is a helpful range to consider.
When will organizations hear back from the Andrus Family Fund regarding the status of their LOI?
If an organization is invited to apply for a full proposal, they will receive an email from the AFF team with instructions on how to access AFF’s grant portal in June.
If an organization is not invited to apply for a full proposal, they will receive an email from AFF by the fall explaining our decision.
*Please note, due to the volume of requests, inquiries and limited staff capacity, AFF is unable to respond to all emails or calls with questions or concerns regarding LOI’s. Thank you in advance for your patience.
When organizations are invited to apply for grants, when should they expect to submit a full proposal?
If an organization is invited to apply for a full proposal, they are notified in June and will submit a proposal in early July.
What should applicants do if they are answering the full proposal and are having trouble accessing the grants portal?
Please double-check the web browser on your computer, as this is the typical challenge people face when trying to access the portal. We recommend using Google Chrome as the browser.
Is there a word or character limit when answering full proposal questions?
We highly recommend no more than 350 words per question. AFF staff kindly asks applicants to provide clear and concise responses to the questions.
If an organization submits a full proposal, when should they expect to hear back regarding the status of their application?
The Andrus Family Fund Board of Directors approves all proposed grants in September. Grant announcements are emailed shortly thereafter, along with instructions for payment.
Declination letters will also be sent via email notification after the board meeting.
Which organizations are grantee partners of the Andrus Family Fund?
Please click here to view a list of our current grantee partners.
Does the Andrus Family Fund provide general operating support grants?
Yes, AFF provides project, general operating and capacity building support.
Does AFF award multi-year grants?
Yes, AFF provides both one-year grants and multi-year grants. We often use a one-year grant to get to know an organization that is new to our community of partners as we learn about each other’s work and deepen relationships.
Does the Andrus Family Fund only fund in New York?
No, AFF is a national funder.
Due to the challenges of the current pandemic and a limited grantmaking budget this year,
AFF is prioritizing grant renewals for our existing grantee partners.
As a result, we will not be launching our annual call for new Letters of Inquiry.