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Andrus Family Fund
The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) is the latest non-profit venture launched by the Surdna Foundation, one of the top dozen largest family foundations in the United States. The AFF was established to give fifth-generation Andrus family members, between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five, an opportunity to learn about and participate in organized philanthropy. In its first year of operation, the AFF Board selected two program areas in which to focus its energies:

  1. community reconciliation and
  2. the passage of youth out of foster care toward independent living.

The board also adopted William Bridges’ Transition Framework with the firm conviction that intentionally and consistently paying attention to the internal transitions people go through, as they confront external change in their lives, is the only way to make social change sustainable.
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Center on Violence & Recovery
New York University’s Center on Violence and Recovery (CVR) is dedicated to advancing knowledge about the causes of violence and researching alternative interventions that can galvanize people to take an active role in their own recovery. The center helps communities develop and implement interventions that encourage those who have experienced violence—be it intimate abuse, terrorist attack, or other personal or community trauma—to look frankly at the violence and draw on individual resources, such as family, friends, cultural ties and spiritual beliefs, to heal. Since 2005, the center has been using the Transition Framework in its work in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, to address domestic violence issues on an individual and community level.
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William Bridges
William Bridges is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and consultant who has worked with individuals and organizations such as Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and Time-Warner Telecom, to show them how to deal with change more productively. In 2000, Bridges began collaborating with AFF to investigate the possible applications of the Transition Framework in philanthropic work to bring about sustained social change. The most recent of his ten books is a new and expanded second edition of his best-seller, Managing Transitions (2003), and the updated second edition of Transitions (2004), which together have sold more than one million copies.
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