The Surdna Foundation – a 100-year-old, multigenerational national family foundation

committed to fostering the development of just and sustainable communities in the United States

– seeks a new President. Based in New York City, the Foundation has assets of $1 billion, a staff

of 27, and is governed by a board of 13, ten of whom are members of the extended Andrus

family, descendants of Surdna’s founder, John E. Andrus.

With an explicit focus on social justice, the Foundation today operates three major grantmaking

programs: Strong Local Economies, Sustainable Environments, and Thriving Cultures. It has

recently committed to deploying 10% of its assets to impact investing. The Foundation also sets

a standard in the field of family philanthropy, demonstrating how the ideals and values of a

family can be catalyzed and expressed across many generations and family branches.


Phillip Henderson, a well respected national philanthropic leader, has served as Surdna’s

President since 2007. Only the second President to head the Foundation since its founding, Mr.

Henderson built an especially strong collaborative partnership with the Surdna Board. He led the

Foundation in updating its mission guided by principles of social justice and in sharpening its

program areas in alignment with that mission. He also worked effectively to nurture and expand

the activities of the other parts of the Andrus Family Philanthropies, especially efforts to

encourage next-generation family involvement.


In Mr. Henderson’s successor Surdna seeks a President who will build upon and extend the

Foundation’s track record of innovation. The position calls for a leader with creative vision,

integrity, intellectual breadth, very strong communication and management skills, and deep

respect for the Andrus family’s role and legacy. The President must relish the opportunity to lead

within a complex, highly collaborative family-governed enterprise, and to energetically represent

the Foundation and its mission and values to a wider public.


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