Phil Henderson, Surdna Foundation's President, reflects on the mission, goals, and programs of the social justice family foundation.

From the President

  • Sandy’s Challenge for Grant Makers: Fix Water, Food, and Transit Systems

    Those who lived for a week or more without electricity, water, or transportation in the aftermath of Sandy instantly understood the fragility of our physical systems. But now it's up to foundations and nonprofits to make the link for voters, policy makers, businesses, and others about the part we all need to play in rebuilding better. A meaningful recovery requires us to push a vision of next-generation infrastructure that improves the nation's transit systems, makes buildings more energy-efficient, better manages water systems, and improves our food system.

  • Next Generation Infrastructure: Philanthropy's Role in Crafting an Unconventional Tranche

    The Surdna Foundation is determined to go deeper in our mission to build just and sustainable communities and we are directing our environmental focus to bedrock systems:  the infrastructure that connects people to jobs and services and through which we manage water, energy, food and other critical resources.

  • Comments on PolicyLink's Report: America's Tomrrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

    Over the past few years, as our national political discourse has become ever more discordant and dysfunctional, I have been trying to think through how we can talk productively about social solidarity, about caring for our neighbors and for our fellow community members. Somehow in the most extreme language of the far right and far left we risk ending up nowhere. The economic struggles of the country, which America’s Tomorrow points out, have been especially severe among Latinos and African Americans, and caused a deepening of cynicism and anger among a growing cross-section of the country.

Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation

Phillip W. HendersonA national leader among family foundation executives, Phil Henderson has focused Surdna on collaboration both internally across programs, and externally among funders within the foundation's issue areas. He has committed the foundation to using social justice as a compass to guide the systemic change Surdna aims for in its mission.

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