People: Mandi Larsen makes Association for Healthcare Philanthropy 40 Under 40 list

Mandi Larsen

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Mandi Larsen, director of philanthropy and communications for Reno-based nonprofit Northern Nevada HOPES, has been included in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) 2021 40 Under 40 list.

According to an Oct. 1 press release, AHP is an international program that celebrates emerging leaders within the healthcare philanthropy community who contribute forward-thinking ideas and strategies to the philanthropic healthcare community, paired with notable distinctions in fundraising and brand awareness.

Larsen will be recognized on Oct. 20 at virtual recognition ceremony.

“These honorees are part of a select group who have demonstrated impressive career achievements, deep community involvement, and outstanding leadership in all they do,” Alice Ayres, president and CEO of AHP, said in a statement.

Larsen has more than 13 years of experience in nonprofit management and major gift development. Prior to joining HOPES in 2019, Larsen served at the American Cancer Society wherein her work contributed to the creation of the CEOs Against Cancer program and oversight of more than 40 events.

Some of Larsen’s accomplishments at HOPES include procurement of the largest gifts in the organization’s history, a 250% increase in revenue, completion of the Hope Springs capital campaign generating $2.5 million, and securement of funds responsible for launching such efforts as a Gender and Sexual Health Care Clinic to complement the organization’s existing LGBTQ+ work.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Nevada, Reno.

“Mandi has a tremendous impact on how we think about the future of our organization, our ability to expand services and help more of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Sharon Chamberlain, CEO of Northern Nevada HOPES, said in a statement. “Mandi’s influence on our organization, our community and our patients is far-reaching and like our work at HOPES, it focuses on embracing and enabling our diverse communities most vulnerable to find their own pathways to success and well-being. Mandi is an invaluable member to our team and has demonstrated a keen intellect and leadership in assisting us in finding solutions to the challenges we face as a nonprofit health center.”

To learn more about the 40 Under 40 program and each of this year’s recipients, visit


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