December 11, 2012.

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Maximizing impact is a primary goal for every foundation.  We all see the importance of making sure each dollar we spend goes as far as possible.   At Surdna, we've taken that to heart by revamping our program guidelines so that they better address today's challenges.  Our goal is to more effectively deliver on our mission to help build more just and sustainable communities across the U.S.  We will take care to cultivate the best organizations and the most creative ideas, and to fund the implementation of practical solutions in service of our mission.

Specifically, we've sharpened our program strategies to pinpoint the areas where we can create meaningful change in order to make communities sustainable, economically strong and culturally vibrant.  I encourage you to take a look at our guidelines for Surdna's three programs:  What We Fund overview, Strong Local Economies, Sustainable Environments, Thriving Cultures

For more than 90 years, the Surdna Foundation has sought to foster just and sustainable communities across the United States and the improvements we've made to our program guidelines won't change that. We will continue to nurture communities and seek to improve their quality of life, making them places where people want to live, work and play. But we are striving do our work even more strategically, more collaboratively, and with the kind of expertise that reflects the best thinking of our grantees and practitioners in the field.

We are excited about our plans, and we look forward to continuing to partner with local and national organizations so that more of our nation's communities enjoy sustainable environments, strong local economies and a vibrant cultural life, all serving to enrich and reinforce one another. We look forward to working with you.

Phillip Henderson
President

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