Madison Kirby Introduction

Written by: Kim Hinkelman

I met Madison nearly 7 years ago when I first moved to Henderson County and she had moved here the year before. Our early conversations were about the difficulty of moving and finding new friends, figuring out where you fit in and what this new community was all about. She was in elementary school and I was a seasoned adult, and yet, we shared the same anxieties.

In the intervening years, Madison has embraced her new home and community. She became involved in school activities, developed a circle of friends and has excelled academically. Madison is currently a rising senior taking AP classes at Hendersonville High School and has set a goal of attending a 4 year university and is beginning to research her options. She is interesting in fashion an din pursuing a business degree. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a North Carolina Scholar Athlete. Maddie played soccer for several years and was the captain of JV team in 2016, which shows her leadership skills and the respect she has from her peers and coaches.

Madison has grown up in a family that values service and commitment to community. She is a member of the Keywanettes and is a volunteer at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School. In addition, she has participated in the United Way Day of Action, is a volunteer at Pardee Hospital for the third summer, helped with a Habitat for Humanity build and has volunteered on service projects through her school.

Madison has a passion for life and brings energy into any group with which she is associated. I have always appreciated her candid and honest remarks about her life and her hopes. She is articulate and can also spin a great story – in the long and wonderful tradition of southern women. This summer Madison is volunteering in the Foundation office and has interviewed our staff and is now sharing these blogs with the community. Thank you Madison – we appreciate you and your project to help introduce all of us to the wider community.

Jim Brewer Introduction

This summer we had the opportunity to host Madison Kirby as a volunteer intern for several weeks. During her time at the Pardee Foundation office Madison interviewed each of our staff members to learn about who they are outside of their position at the Foundation and also why they chose to pursue a career in philanthropy. Thanks for your hard work, Madison!

Jim Brewer started out working in the Marine Corps and then made his way to UNC University system where he was an archaeology professor. He then took on a campaign at one of the universities he was working at and came to love the fundraising world. He now works at the Pardee Hospital Foundation serving as the Major Gifts Officer. Major gifts are donations to the hospital that are over 5,000 dollars within a year, or 10,000 dollars within three years. When I interviewed Jim and asked him what he does for the foundation, he explained his role as being a “matchmaker.” Overall, he matches a supporter with one of the hospital’s needs. Jim began to tell me about one of the major contributions the foundation has helped make to the hospital, the portable Intra Aortic Balloon Pump. This pump was able to help save a life after a man had just had a heart attack and needed transportation to Mission Hospital. Jim also took 1,000 people on tours of the Cancer Center that was recently built. When it comes to the events the Foundation puts on, he sees these events not as fundraisers, but as “friend-raisers.” These events are a way to allow these donors to feel connected to the hospital and to see what they have contributed to. When I asked Jim what the world philanthropy means to him, he said that it’s what drives us to make a difference in the world; it is making the world a better community than it was before. His favorite thing about Hendersonville is the sense of place and belonging that you don’t see in a city like Charlotte or Asheville. Jim believes Pardee is able to stand out from other hospitals due to the fact that the faculty is a team, they are team members, not employees. It is hospital that the community deserves and needs.

Kim Hinkelman Introduction

This summer we had the opportunity to host Madison Kirby as a volunteer intern for several weeks. During her time at the Pardee Foundation office Madison interviewed each of our staff members to learn about who they are outside of their position at the Foundation and also why they chose to pursue a career in philanthropy. Thanks for your hard work, Madison!

My summer volunteer experience wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for Kim. She has shown me great leadership and is someone I will always look up to. Kim Hinkelman is the executive director at the Pardee Hospital Foundation. She is responsible for everything that goes on in the office. From the staff meetings every other week, to managing the budgets, to supporting the hospital foundation board, and spreading the word about Pardee and the Foundation, that’s all Kim. The events the Foundation puts on are up to her. Kim makes sure these events happen with the help of her staff and committees. She believes these events are important because it is one of the few places the community comes together to celebrate Pardee. Kim started out working with the youth through churches and camps. The nonprofit world has always been important to her and she has been involved with it her whole life as she followed in her parents footsteps. Kim believes helping people is the core of what she does and she loves it. When I asked her what the world philanthropy means to her, she said it is the love of humankind. Philanthropy is having a purpose to help other people and it isn’t all money, but it is also the time and energy people put in because of their love for others. Her favorite thing about Hendersonville is the people; there are so many people, nonprofits, and volunteers that want to help others and the community. Kim believes Pardee Hospital stands out because it has grown over the years to be a center of excellence but has still kept its roots of being a compassionate organization.

Nancy Christy Introduction

This summer we had the opportunity to host Madison Kirby as a volunteer intern for several weeks. During her time at the Pardee Foundation office Madison interviewed each of our staff members to learn about who they are outside of their position at the Foundation and also why they chose to pursue a career in philanthropy. Thanks for your hard work, Madison!

Nancy Christy is the Administrative Assistant at the Pardee Hospital Foundation. She didn’t anticipate that she would be working full time after retiring from working for The New York Times for 20 years. When this position was needed, she decided to step in and do double the work. When you walk into Pardee Nancy is the smiling face you see to greet you, but she does far beyond that. Every time any type of gift is given to the Foundation, she records it and sends letters to the donors. She also does the newsletters for the Foundation and does whatever her team needs to support them. Nancy has a strong background of fundraising and believes it does two things; it raises money for the foundation but also good comes out of it as wells recognition. Secondly, it is an opportunity to let a large group of people know the difference you are making. When it comes to events the Foundation puts on, Nancy creates seating charts, name tags, keeps track of the guests coming, and processes all of the payments and sponsors. When I asked Nancy what the word philanthropy means to her, she said it is sharing your blessings and riches with those who are not as fortunate as you are. Her favorite thing about Hendersonville is that she gets to live in a safe and quiet place that has many cultural opportunities that she can do with her best friend of 34 years. She believes the reason Pardee Hospital stands out is because it is a community hospital. She used the analogy of it being like going to a private school vs. a public university; Pardee gives individual attention to its patients and community.

Tracey McMahan Introduction

This summer we had the opportunity to host Madison Kirby as a volunteer intern for several weeks. During her time at the Pardee Foundation office Madison interviewed each of our staff members to learn about who they are outside of their position at the Foundation and also why they chose to pursue a career in philanthropy. Thanks for your hard work, Madison!

Tracey McMahan is the Office Manager and Bookkeeper at the Pardee Hospital Foundation. Without Tracey’s tech expertise, they couldn’t do it without her! She is responsible for what happens in the office, she manages the database called Raisers Edge, prepares monthly financial statements, preparing for the audit, and works alongside the IT department at the hospital for the computers. Tracey hasn’t always been involved in the fundraising world; she began as an elementary school teacher, teaching first and second grades in Florida. She then worked in Albuquerque as the office manager at a Pediatric Hospice. This is where she began to gain interest in the nonprofit world. When the Foundation puts on an event, she is in touch with all the money. Tracey believes the events are a lot of hard work but in the end it is worth it because of the community’s excitement. When I asked her what the word philanthropy means to her, she said, it is concerned people working together to support non profits giving of their time, talents, and money to touch a lot of people’s lives through those organizations seeking to help the community and the world be a better place. Her favorite thing about Hendersonville is the big hearted people that are in the community and the variety of cultural opportunities. Lastly, she believes Pardee Hospital stands out from other hospitals because it is a community hospital. Pardee opens its doors to everyone regardless of their financial ability, it is strictly based on the community’s needs.