Ashley Naomi Rodriguez found her love for helping and improving her community when she joined Youth Funding Youth Ideas – a philanthropy program located in San Francisco – at the age of 16. She started as a Program Officer and is now a Senior Peer Supervisor. She is 20 years old and is currently a junior at San Francisco State University studying Child Development with a focus on youth work. She is a huge animal lover and is very passionate about social justice and youth leadership.


For Youth by Youth: the Art Versus Science of Grantmaking

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Ashley Rodriguez, Christine Reeves Strigaro, Danielle LaJoie, Jared Heddinger, Jillian Wu

Sculpture, music, dance… those are arts. Chemistry, biology, physics… those are sciences. But, what’s philanthropy? And who are you, the philanthropist? Well, you’re both an artist and a scientist. Plus, you’re a part the long history of giving; people have been giving for centuries, in every country, at every income level, and in so many directions. … Read More