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Overview of the Surdna Foundation

February 20, 2001 | Deanne Stone
John Emory Andrus established the Surdna Foundation in Yonkers, New York in 1917 to support higher education, medical research, and human services. The son of a minister, Andrus was at various times a schoolteacher, manufacturer and distributor of elixirs, mayor of Yonkers, New York, and four-term member of the U.S. Congress. His particular talent-locating, buying and then reselling undervalued land Read More
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On Finding and Adapting a Legacy

This is Chapter 3 of the journal, Living the Legacy, featuring “An Introduction to Trustee Education for Family Foundations,” “Honoring Legacy and Adapting to Change: The New Idaho Foundation,” “A Family Establishes a Statement of Legacy,” “Reviewing Donor Legacy and Defining Future Directions: The Current Family Foundation,” and “Accountability as Telling Our Story.” Read More
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Looking To The Future, Honoring the Past

February 20, 2001 | Nathan Cummings Foundation
In 1996, the Nathan Cummings Foundation hired historian Deborah Gardner to write a short book about the foundation: A FAMILY FOUNDATION: Looking To The Future, Honoring the Past. According to Charles R. Halpern, the president and chief executive officer at the time: This report describes the challenges the Cummings family faced in making the initial decisions about foundation goals and Read More
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Launching the Andrus family philanthropy program

February 20, 2001 | Deanne Stone
The four members of the Family Involvement Committee had taken on a monumental job and, co their credit, they achieved their major objectives. In just 18 months, the committee, in collaboration with the Surdna board and staff, had created the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program, a network encompassing all the family’s philanthropic institutions and educational activities. It had designed the Andrus Read More
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Filling Board and Staff Positions

February 20, 2001 | Deanne Stone
After reviewing the resumes and essays of all the applicants, the Family Involvement Committee submitted the names of six candidates to the nominating committees of the Homes. The nominees were deemed to have the education, volunteer experience, interests and abilities best suited to each board. Among the nominees was Caroline Andrus, the first in-law nominated to serve on a family Read More
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Family concinnities

February 20, 2001 | Deanne Stone
After the death of John Andrus I in 1934, his eight children went off in different directions. Some siblings moved away from New York, and others had grown estranged from one another. Helen Benedict was concerned that the family was drifting apart. In 1966, Helen, then in her late seventies, hatched a plan to reconnect the family. She invited 37 Read More