Friday, July 17, 2015
After Implementing New Strategic Approach, Andrus Announces First Round of Grants
The Andrus Family Fund has undergone a strategic assessment which led to a new vision and mission. For the first time in over a decade the organization had an open call for unsolicited letters of inquiry this past February. The team has had a very busy few months, receiving an overwhelming response of amazing and diverse work from across the country – including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Letters of inquiry from big and small organizations that spanned large states, small counties, dense cities and sparsely populated rural areas came through their portal.
The Fund is excited to partner with organizations as diverse as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California to help them advocate for laws that reduce solitary confinement for young people and to spread some of the great strides that California has made to other states and with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights in New Orleans for their Fairness First Project which helps them leverage the success of their direct service work as a driver for systems level reform in one of the most incarcerated states in the country. We continue to learn from our new partnership with JustLeadershipUSA as they put the voices of those formerly incarcerated at the center of criminal justice reform. And locally here in New York City, we are partnering with innovative voices like Common Justice, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project which works in collaboration with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in an effort to provide direct services centered around young people accused of felonies.
These are just a few of the new grantee partners. Please visit the Andrus Family Fund website to see them all.