2018 40 Under 40 Winners

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Amanda M. Stevens, MBA, CFRE

Hill Country Memorial Foundation
Fredericksburg, TX

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. Her heavy portfolio of community involvement includes serving as board chair of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and president of the Gillespie County Leadership Program’s 2013 class.
  2. Since Amanda joined the Foundation, net proceeds have increased by 226%, enabling the fully donor-funded purchase of several state-of-the-art pieces of equipment that are common in urban areas but unheard of in an 11,000-population rural town like Fredericksburg, Texas.
  3. She has maintained her CFRE designation since 2011 and recently earned her MBA from Schreiner University.
  4. She is an eight-time graduate of AHP’s Madison Institute

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    About 13 years ago, I had just returned to the US from working for an international education-focused non-profit in China and was about to get married. I needed to find work in the town where my new husband and I would make our home. Though I did not set out initially to make health care philanthropy my career, it found me. The first organization that offered me a position was the local non-profit community hospital. They needed a database administrator/gift processor and I wanted to do something fulfilling and meaningful and had a background in computer information systems. It was a perfect match.

  2. Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?

    My father was ill the majority of my life and my mother worked in health care, so being around hospitals and health care was oddly comforting to me. After spending some time in my new job I quickly fell in love with the way that health care philanthropy brings together all that it means to be a vibrant community – incredible support, selfless volunteers, unparalleled health care, and generous givers. Thus began what has become a lifelong journey to ensure rural health care remains a cornerstone in communities.

  3. What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?

    The greatest factor in my career success so far has been support. From my family, to the development team, my fellow executive team members, the board members for our organization, and the community our organization serves, they have all been incredibly supportive of me, my career and our health care organization. Without this support I would not be where I am today.

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    My greatest passion is helping ensure the future of safe, high quality, accessible health care, especially for those in rural America. I want for my daughters to inherit a predictable health care system that serves them well, helps them reach or maintain optimal health, and treats them with kindness and safety every step of the way. I want them to look back on the work of my life and know it made a difference for them and those they love. As an active member of my community, knowing that each day my work impacts the lives of those in  my community and means they will receive the very best care where they live helps me stay passionate about what I do.

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. My future aspirations include helping others find ways to make health care more accessible in rural areas. I hope to find new ways to invest in my community and those I serve to continue to make our community a highly desirable place to call home.

Amanda Stevens

Fun Fact:

Dance has been a part of my life since I was three. I continue to keep my talent alive by taking an adult tap class and performing at the Christmas and spring recitals. My daughters have also taken up the art. As a family we are at the studio at least four nights a week and attend several dance competitions and conventions every year.