Manuela Arciniegas

Director, Andrus Family Fund

Manuela Arciniegas is the Director of the Andrus Family Fund. She manages AFF’s overall grantmaking portfolio of 65+ organizations addressing gun violence reduction, trauma-informed care, divesting from prisons, and the intersection between immigration and justice systems. Manuela brings over 18 years experience in the social justice and nonprofit sector dedidcated to serving youth of color where she began her work organizing donors to support youth organizing in the environmental justice movement at the Active Element Foundation. She then polished skills as a community organizer at Sustainable South Bronx, Mothers on the Move, Center for Third Wolrd Organizing (CTWO), the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, We Got Issues!, and a number of organizations. Recognizing the need to develop a leadership pipeline of youth of color activists, she became the Director of Education at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute where she managed a team of artist/activists supporting young people to develop their activism through cultural arts education across New York City’s public schools. In her role support justice involved at the NYC Department of Education’s District 79, Manuela has explored how to advance social justice through community organizing, philanthropy, education, academia, and government. Prior to her role as Director, Manuela was a Program Officer at AFF. She designed and managed the S.O.A.R. capacity building initiative and launched the AFF Webinar Learning Sessions, which highlight our nation’s most innovative leaders promoting highly effective strategies that support youth impacted by the youth justice system — including African-American, Latinx, Native and LBGTQ youth. Manuela serves as the co-chair of the Funders for Justice/Neighborhood Funders’ Group, the Youth First State Advocacy Fund, the Youth Engagement Fund Advisory Board, the Fund for Women and Girls of Color, the Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing Advisory Board, the New York City Youth Funders, the New York City Capacity Building Funder’s Collaborative and the Steering Committee for Funders for Criminal Justice Reform at Philanthropy New York.

Manuela is speaking at

July 1, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Alison Corwin (NFG Board Chair) Senior Program Officer, Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation
  • Amoretta Morris (NFG Board Member) Director, National Community Strategies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Manuela Arciniegas (MC) Director, Andrus Family Fund
  • Dimple Abichandani (Speaker) Executive Director, General Service Foundation
  • Julia Beatty (Speaker) Program Officer, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
  • Anna Fink (Speaker) Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation
  • Jerry Maldonado (Speaker) Director, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Renata Peralta (Speaker) Program Officer for the Open Places Initiative, Open Society Foundations


Plenary 2

NFG is continuing our 2020 virtual convening series with a plenary session on Accountability and Philanthropy’s Role. Join us to hear from grantmakers whose institutions are modeling how we must rethink systems and grantmaking strategies to be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and low-income communities. We will share how and why philanthropy must be bold and show up differently for frontline communities that are rising up against state violence, continuing to grapple with the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, and working to dismantle oppressive systems to transform our communities & world.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11am-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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