Phil McCorkle joined Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation as the executive director in July this year. A native of Monmouth, Oregon, Phil has worked in various local nonprofits for 30 years. We thought you’d like to learn a bit more about him.
Why did you join Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation?
I knew three of the past people serving in my position at Providence Benedictine and they all spoke of what a great organization it is. I am not wealthy and the legacy that I am able to leave behind will be one of service. It follows, then, that I am here because I think I can make a positive difference for Providence
Benedictine and for the community and people we serve.
What is your dream for Providence Benedictine?
I’m currently talking with people from various departments here at Providence Benedictine and building a wish list of items and programs they would like to add in order to grow our services and further expand the assistance we provide. In most cases, the biggest barrier to adding these programs and items is a lack of funding. Working with donors, I know we can make these additions possible.
What’s been most surprising in your first months here?
The culture of mutual support that infuses the atmosphere here at Providence Benedictine, but that also extends throughout the Providence system. We all have full plates, with plenty of work to do, but we still make time to help each other.
Why does philanthropy matter?
Because the incredible good that nonprofits do in making our community and our world a better place simply would not happen without it.
What are your hobbies away from work?
I love fly-fishing, photography, writing, hiking, camping and mushroom picking.
Phil is enjoying serving in his new position and loves meeting with donors. He remarks that, “In every nonprofit where I’ve worked, I’ve found that the people who support those organizations are among the kindest and most interesting humans that I’ve met. They all have in common a passion for a cause and that they are seeking ways to positively impact their community. I see clearly that my job is not to convince them to give. Rather, my job is to help them discover how they want to make their difference and leave their positive mark on their world, then help make that happen.”