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Not for the Faint of Heart

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

I always tell people that fundraising isn’t for the faint of heart. Asking for money can be hard. I’m lucky enough to have discovered early on in my career that I do enjoy raising money. My final semester as an undergrad at MSU, I had a class that was partnering with the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) to create a PR/marketing/fundraising plan to bring more recognition to CTF and the great work that they do across the state. What started as a final project turned into me finding my calling as a communicator and fundraiser. Insert joke about all my teachers telling my mom that I talked too much when I was growing up!

That final project turned into a full-time job at CTF where I worked for nine months before heading back to school to get my master’s degree in public relations from MSU. I jumped over to political fundraising by way of a connection through CTF and spent more than ten years fundraising, consulting and then working for the Michigan Senate as communications and political director for four years.

After spending most of my adult life focused on myself and my career, our first daughter was born, and life changed dramatically for the better. I wanted to spend more time with my family and enjoying life, so I jumped back into nonprofit fundraising when I joined the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation as their major gifts officer.

Now I tell anyone that will listen that God works in mysterious ways because less than a year after changing my career path we found out that we were expecting twins. That’s right, TWINS. Three daughters under the age of three. Our lives are full of chaos and I absolutely love it. And I love McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation for allowing me to feel proud every single day of the work that we are doing for the community where I was born and raised.

I’ll also tell anyone that will listen that raising three under three is not for the faint of heart either 😊

You can reach Nicole Hankwitz, Major Gifts Officer at

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