Andrus Family Fund


Contact Information


The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) seeks to respect traditional philanthropic values while exploring new perspectives and innovative models for giving. It seeks to collaborate with those working to create safer environments.

Funding Interests

The fund seeks to work with organizations conducting community reconciliation projects in the areas of identity-based conflict, police-community relations, and conflicts over conservation measures.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support


Grant Size

$3000 to $330000

Requirements & Limitations

AFF does not make grants to individuals. AFF does not fund endowments, capital improvements, fundraising events/sponsorships, scholarships or loans.All applicants are required to join AFF in agreeing not to discriminate in any way including, but not limited to, access to program participation or employment against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. If a program is designed for a specific population defined by any of these criteria, this policy shall be subject to appropriate adjustment in consultation with AFF.

Application Process

Applicants must submit an application form, which includes a two or three page letter of inquiry. The letter should include: a brief description of the project and how it accomplishes AFF's program strategies; information about the key participants, including staff members and beneficiaries; a section on how the Bridges' transition framework (see Comments for more information) could be incorporated into the project; and a succinct description of the applicant organization. The application form is available on the website.


Applications may be submitted at any time. Grants are awarded by the trustees, who meet four times a year: September, January, April, and June.


The fund believes that in order to create successful social change, it is necessary to recognize and address the emotional and psychological effects of the change process. The fund supports the ideas of William Bridges, as articulated in his book Managing Transitions. AFF believes that change will occur more smoothly if Bridges' phases of transition are recognized and applied to intervention activities. Programs will be more successful if they focus on the psychological changes associated with transitioning from one way of doing things to another. The fund seeks to test transition theory by supporting organizations that will apply it to community reconciliation projects in an effort to explore how communities can acknowledge past wrongs and begin a healing process.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Meridian Institute, Dillon, CO
Amount: $100000
Purpose: A grant was given over three years to incorporate the principles of the transition framework into Meridian's existing approach to facilitating community-based watershed initiatives in four watershed communities in New Mexico.

Grant 2

Grantee: CDR Associates, Boulder, CO
Amount: $140000

A grant was awarded to fund a process for developing a set of principles to guide disputes between Native Americans and the National Park Service regarding access to parklands for religious and cultural practices.

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