Realizing Philanthropic Dreams

NSU's Senior Director for Legacy Giving Andrea Darlow

The path for Andrea Darlow, M.B.A., to encourage philanthropy began with her father, a Miami-based attorney, whose practice was focused on estate and tax planning. Darlow remembers that many of his clients became his lifelong friends and confidantes. A philanthropic man himself, he instilled those values in his daughter and, most likely, in his clients.

Her career path led to the wealth management area of the banking industry as a trust officer. “I would work with wealthy families, their foundations, individuals, and when we discussed their estate plans, insurance, and things of that nature, I would ask them what their philanthropic goals were,” she said. “These were people who could make a difference in the world.”

She eventually became the director for Funds & Foundations for the Greater Miami Jewish Foundation, where she worked with donors on creating customized, planned giving opportunities. As the director of development for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, she developed its first endowment program and a designated giving program.

Other positions followed, including executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, Miami section, and the first chapter director of the South Florida Office of the Israel Cancer Research Fund. What each position had in common was creating and maintaining relationships with donors.

While she’s dealt in many facets of philanthropy and giving, as NSU’s senior director of development for Legacy Gifts Darlow has found the perfect fit. “Every single person can leave a legacy, whether you’re 25, 35, or 105,” she said.

Darlow has earmarked a legacy gift to NSU “to set an example,” she said. She wants her legacy to benefit NSU University School students who take advantage of enrichment activities at the AutoNation Center for the Arts.

“My job as director of development of Legacy Gifts is simple. I help people realize their philanthropic goals and dreams,” Darlow said.

For more information about creating a legacy gift, please contact Andrea Darlow, senior director of development for legacy gifts at (954) 262-2135 or at