Donor StoriesNursing Foundation of Pennsylvania
“With their gift, Mr. & Mrs. Harris had the distinguished honor of being NFP’s charter planned giving donors. It is with great pride and gratitude that we accepted the wonderful generosity of Marilyn and Charles’ gift; we hope it will be an inspiration to others as we work to expand the support NFP provides to nurses statewide.”
NFP’s CEO, Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN
In 2010, Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and her late husband, Charles, established a bequest to benefit Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) and Pennsylvania’s nurses. “The Marilyn D. Harris Nursing Fund” will support NFP’s efforts to always be vigilant to the needs of nurses and the nursing profession.
A resident of Warminster, PA, Marilyn retired in 1999 as executive director of Abington Memorial Hospital’s Home Care and Hospice.
Marilyn now continues her focus as a life-time member of PSNA, an Honorary Board of Trustee of the NFP as well as a staunch supporter of professional development for nursing staff, including opportunities and encouragement for staff to grow professionally and develop leadership roles within the larger nursing community.
Mrs. Harris explains that for many nurses, like herself, covering the costs of pursuing advanced degrees and receiving specialized credentials can be challenging.
In her case, it took 16 years. Upon receiving her nursing diploma from Abington Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Harris worked full-time to earn her bachelor’s degree and then Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is determined that others in the field will have a less financially demanding path to advance their education and assume leadership roles.
Mrs. Harris is truly a leader. She guided the home care program of her employer from 23,000 visits to 130,000 visits per year. She has edited six textbook editions, numerous articles and columns, and has served on state and national nursing and home care association boards. Her leadership has been honored with numerous awards.
She credits her achievements to love of her work. “I believe in the philosophy that if you have a job you like, you never work a day in your life.” Though, “officially retired,” she volunteers for Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, formerly Abington Memorial Hospital, located in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. She also volunteers at the retirement community in which she lives, the Museum of Nursing History, Inc., as a faith community nurse at her church and other organizations.
Marilyn Harris could not be more satisfied with their decision to establish the Marilyn D. Harris Nursing Fund through a bequest. “Charlie and I were very blessed and wanted to do something meaningful. I am just delighted that we will be able to ensure that nurses will benefit from our gift,” says Marilyn.
Through their bequest, which is as simple as adding a codicil (addendum) to one’s will, the Harris’ have established a legacy that will ensure NFP is always here to support Pennsylvania’s Long White Line of nurses.
Thank you, Marilyn and Charles Harris!