UW Medicine Advancement
Why is a 40 under 40 winner
- Adrian helped build the Philanthropy Department from the ground up at Trinity Health in Michigan under his role of Manager, Prospect Research and Data Analytics. He assisted with building a prospect research and grateful patient program for Trinity’s 30 foundations and 96 hospitals
- He has been a presenter at the AHP International Conference and an AFP Luncheon
- Adrian has served on the board of the APRA–Michigan Chapter, as well as the Trinity Health Philanthropy Leadership Council and Steering Committee
Q & A
1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?
My journey into healthcare philanthropy began after a business club trip I attended in college. I had originally planned to become a Financial Analyst once I graduated but that quickly changed after this trip. The leader of the business club and I were sat together on the plane for the trip, and we started discussing job opportunities. He mentioned that his wife was currently working for a nonprofit, and there was a job opening. As a soon to be graduate eager to find a job, I jumped on the opportunity. I applied for the Donor Services Coordinator position at Sisters of Charity Health System in 2007 and began to build my career. I have grown and built upon my skillset over the years and am truly grateful to be part of such an impactful industry.
2. Tell us about a pivot point or crucial step in your career journey.
A crucial step in my career was when I moved to Michigan and joined Trinity Health as their Manager, Prospect Research and Data Analytics. I applied for the role to enhance my skills in the grateful patient fundraising space and operations. I did not know much about the organization at the time, but the role I was applying for would be the first position hired at their System office working with 30 foundations and 120 major gift officers. This was a crucial step for me as it was taking me out of my comfort zone, and I was moving to a new state on my own. Taking this chance helped develop and enhance my skills, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work for one of the largest healthcare systems.
3. What piece of advice would you give aspiring 40 Under 40 recipients?
The advice I would give an aspiring 40 Under 40 recipient would be to advocate for yourself, be resilient, and take chances. I have grown leaps and bounds from initially starting my career in healthcare philanthropy as a Donor Services Coordinator to my current role. The opportunities that I have had all came about by advocating for myself and taking chances while being resilient. The world of healthcare philanthropy is full of so many different opportunities, never stop growing.