40 Under 40

Nicole Hankwitz

McLaren Greater Lansing
Lansing, Michigan

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  • Over the past five years, Nicole has personally secured philanthropic commitments of $18 million. Since joining the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation in 2019, she has led the hospital's first capital campaign in over twenty years
  • She has increased overall funds raised from first-time donors by over 40%
  • Nicole’s volunteer work includes committee service with the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Q & A

1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?

I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. Almost three years ago, McLaren Greater Lansing announced that they would be building a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital adjacent to Michigan State University's campus. I knew the impact this investment would have on our community, and I got excited as I learned more about the project. I had an opportunity to meet the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation Vice President and knew this would be an exciting time to dive into healthcare philanthropy.

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

Most of my professional career has been in politics. I worked with organizations that wanted legislation moved in the Michigan Legislature and raised money for political candidates up and down the ballot. After more than ten years in the political field, I was ready to make a change. Jumping from politics to healthcare philanthropy was certainly a major pivot, but one I am so grateful that I made a few years ago.

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

Don't give up. I've faced challenges in my career, and while I may have not always made the right decision in the moment, I have learned from every experience along the way. Create goals for yourself because being able to check them off only helps motivate you to do more.

Fun Fact:

I have a turtle named Phoebe! I got her in Myrtle Beach twelve years ago. She's living the dream in her tank and our kids now get to enjoy her too!