40 Under 40

Heather Frank, MA, CFRE

Adventist Health
Bakersfield, California

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  • She has sat on the Board of multiple nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and CASA of Kern County. She even used her national role to speak to Congress on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs in March 2018
  • Heather activated and implemented a new "30 Asks in 30 Days" strategic donor stewardship campaign, resulting in $295,000 of new foundation revenue

Q & A

1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?

Since I graduated college, I always knew I wanted to do something that helped others, and I wanted to use my social skills for good. I am a cancer survivor, and I was drawn to Adventist Health because of their progressive commitment to well-being. My patient experience has shaped me into the healthcare fundraiser that I am today. I feel if my efforts can help someone in a small way–that I am contributing one patient at a time.

2. Tell us about a pivot point or crucial step in your career journey.

Expanding my knowledge and understanding around health disparities has been a pivotal point in my professional growth. I have realized there are no boundaries to what philanthropy can accomplish; and having recently had the privilege of being involved in a truly transformational gift. It is so uplifting to bring together an organization with an audacious vision to advance well-being for all and a donor with this same dream. I feel so blessed to be a part of this sacred work and in awe that I have helped create something for my community that will transform generations. 

3. What piece of advice would you give aspiring 40 Under 40 recipients?

Never let appreciation turn into expectation and always surround yourself with people who will help you to be your best. 

Fun Fact:

I am an excellent auctioneer. I love being on-stage helping nonprofits in their efforts to raise dollars in cash calls and in live auctions. I have been volunteering locally for years.