Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D. is a social entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in social change innovating and organizing in the public and nonprofit sector. Dr. Hernandez is the President of Growing Giving, LLC, a boutique consulting firm providing fresh concepts in foundation leadership through advising and customized engagements. She serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of intergenerational families, foundations, and philanthropic initiatives including eXtension Foundation and the Conflict Transformation Fund among others. Annie serves on the board for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Learning to Give. She and her husband, George Rodriguez, are founding members of the Los Angeles Latino Giving Circle of the Latino Community Foundation. Social change efforts Dr. Hernandez have led and supported have been shared in the New York Times, nationally and locally televised, and published in field articles and books. Most recently, Annie served as the Executive Director for the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation based in Los Angeles and led the development of its special project, Youth Philanthropy Connect, building the global movement of youth philanthropy. Prior Annie served communities through foundation and public service roles. She is a certified 21/64 trainer and is trained in the Immunity to Change personal conflict transformation framework. Annie earned her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and young son.

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Igniting the spark, part II: How do next gen boards work and how do we create one?

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Kevin Laskowski, Katie Marcus Reker, Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Part 2 of 2 The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.”  Giving families prepare their younger members for potential board service in a variety of ways, as… Read More

Igniting the Spark – Creating Effective Next Gen Boards

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D., Katie Marcus Reker, Kevin Laskowski

This Passages Issue Brief introduces an increasingly popular method for preparing the next generation for philanthropic service: the next generation or junior board. The paper covers the variety of purposes for establishing next generation boards and how they are typically structured, explores how foundations use next generation boards as a tool for engaging younger family members, and describes options for preparing younger… Read More

Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Donor-Grantee Collaboration

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Alisa Robins Doctoroff, Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D., Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Given the challenging economic times, it’s only natural for donors to want their scarce resources to be well spent. In reality, the pipeline that brings resources from donor to grantee is often leaky, limiting the potential for results. There is a great opportunity to enhance donor and grantee collaboration, which could increase the impact of each dollar granted… Read More

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