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Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez

President, Growing Giving

Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez (she/her/they) is a mom, partner, and lover of humanity with over two decades of practice in nonprofit and foundation management, organizing, capacity building, and systems change.

She specializes in conflict transformation centering race; intergenerational giving that shares power with young people; and holding compassionate change for leaders, especially founding executive and board transitions. Dr. Hernandez Rodriguez received her PhD in Social Justice Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is trained in trauma responsive care, somatic abolitionism, and conflict transformation practices, including Immunity to Change.

Andrea is the President of Growing Giving, LLC where she supports leaders, families, and organizations growing transformative giving.  She is also on the Conflict Transformation Fund team, a national advisor to Learning to Give, and recent governance chair for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

Andrea was drawn to community service early in life and wrote her first check to a community foundation at age 21 in honor of her oldest cousin, Christine, after her tragic death.  Andrea’s early organizing, grantmaking, and advocacy focused on young people, Latinx, rural communities, and small to mid-sized organizations.  A nationally recognized expert in youth and family philanthropy, Dr. Hernandez Rodriguez has served in various leadership roles in family foundations and led the development of Youth Philanthropy Connect, building the global movement of youth philanthropy.

Andrea gives thanks daily to live on the Island of Maui in the Hawaiian archipelago.  Most days you can find her with her husband and son at a river or beach with their devoted dog, Ellie.


2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More
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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 Hernandez Rodriguez

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 Hernandez Rodriguez, 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 family members for governance and grantmaking… Read More

Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Donor-Grantee Collaboration

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Alisa Robins Doctoroff, Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez, 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