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Andrus Family Fund Community Board Member Opportunity

Department: Andrus Family Fund
Location: New York, NY

Community Board Member Opportunity

For the first time in its history the Andrus Family Fund (AFF) is seeking Community Board members to join its Board of Directors. To better live and fulfill its mission of social justice and racial equity the Andrus Family Fund is looking to bring on non-family Community Board members to its Board of Directors. The Fundís Board and staff believe that this is an important step so that the entire institution can better represent what will soon be the new American majority and is looking to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable Board of Directors. Established as a next generation learning opportunity for extended Andrus Family members between the ages of 25-45 to learn and become involved in organized philanthropy, the fund is excited to bring this opportunity to non-family members.Though the Fund has not had non-family Board members it has long been committed to building leadership in the communities it works in and serves. Inviting community board members to join is a natural extension of its social justice values.The Fund is looking for three (3) Community Board members who will understand and share in the belief of a small, innovative and nimble foundation to impact change in its core areas. The fund uses its convening power and its leadership as well as its grantmaking to address and influence inequity in the communities that it works with.

The Andrus Family Fund is deeply committed to inclusive leadership across the board, staff and its key consultants. Because the fund is thinly staffed there is often great collaboration between the Board, staff and key consultants and board members have strong relationships with staff members often joining in site visits when possible and conferences to maintain firsthand engagement with the work.

The Board meets three times a year in person and works virtually throughout the year on program and other committees. There is no direct compensation for serving on the AFF Board though travel, meals during meetings and hotel expenses are covered.

About the Andrus Family Fund

The Fund believes that every young person deserves more than one chance at a successful life. For over 30 million young people, their first chance was compromised by adults and systems that didnít always serve their best interests. We partner with organizations across the country that connect young people to caring communities, proven services and teach vital skills. Yet we know that for this work and to have an impact it cannot happen just at the individual level Ė thatís why we also work with local and national partners to make sure communities are equipped with the tools and knowledge that support the well-being of our most vulnerable young people.

Our approach is straightforward and laser focused: We support organizations whose work directly connects youth to the people and services they need to become self-sustaining adults. We commission research that helps identify what works and what doesnít when it comes to creating sustainable change in young peopleís lives. We work closely with our grantees to advance and advocate for programs and policies that are proven to put youth on a path to a successful and sustainable future and we support organizations that utilize community organizing as a tool to remove barriers and create social change. Though legally a sub-fund of the Surdna Foundation (parent foundation) AFF operates autonomously with a highly engaged Board and has an independent reputation for its innovative grantmaking programs. The Fund has an annual grantmaking budget of $4 million. Please visit the AFF site to learn more about the Fundís approach.

First Yearís Community Board Member Priorities:

Board members are trustees who act on behalf of the Andrus Family Fund's constituents, grantees, the extended Andrus Family, and its Philanthropies. The Board of Directors has the principal responsibility for fulfillment of AFF's mission and, with guidance from the Surdna Foundation (its parent foundation), the legal accountability for its operations. The Andrus Family Fund Board has the dual purpose of engaging the extended family in organized philanthropy and exploring and implementing effective grantmaking strategies. 


During the first year of Board Service, the Community Board member will be expected to:

 Basic Responsibilities of the Andrus Family Fund Board:


Ideal Attributes and Experience:

The candidate cannot be an employee or current Board member of any of the Andrus Family Fundís grantee partners. The Andrus Family Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented and historically marginalized communities to apply.

To Apply: Please send a thoughtful cover letter, outlining your interest, experience and potential fit as an Andrus Family Fund Community Board member along with a resume/CV.

No phone calls please.

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