Erickson Living Chairman Jim Davis donates $20 million to enhance residents’ lives

‘We’ve created something special here; I don’t ever want that to be lost’

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August 21st, 2019
Erickson Living owner and chairman Jim Davis talks with community members at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Parkville, Md.

Erickson Living owner and chairman Jim Davis talks with community members at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Parkville, Md.

For many business leaders, success is all about the bottom line. When they make an investment in a stock, a property, or a new enterprise, success will be measured by how much revenue is returned. 

However, even in today’s highly competitive business environment, there are some who measure success differently. Jim Davis, owner and chairman of Erickson Living, is one such leader. 

Two perspectives

From the very start, Davis recognized that Erickson Living is about more than the bottom line. Shortly after he took ownership of the company in 2010, Davis set out on a “whistle-stop tour” of Erickson Living-managed communities. “When you go through the communities, people just light up your day because of their enthusiasm and the quality of life they experience,” says Davis. “It is quite inspiring.”

“I was deeply impressed by the people I met—both the residents, who were thriving in this environment, and the employees, who demonstrated such care and dedication,” he explains.

When his mother moved into Maris Grove in Glen Mills, Pa., Davis experienced Erickson Living from another perspective, gaining insight into what Erickson Living communities offer both residents and their family members. 

“Mom loved Maris Grove and everyone there. She was able to make friends and be active,” he says. “Meanwhile, the rest of the family could feel peace of mind knowing she was happy and cared for.”

100% committed to doing good

Erickson Living is the sixth largest senior living provider in the nation, but to its chairman and his family, it’s much more than that. “My family and I feel genuinely privileged to be a part of Erickson Living,” says Davis. “To me, this is more than just a business; this is an organization that’s 100% committed to doing good and changing lives for the better.”

Since taking the helm of the company, Davis and his family have donated more than $20 million to programs that support the Erickson Living mission. These funds have gone toward programs that directly enhance the lives of 27,000 residents at 19 communities in 11 states.

“It is very important to me that we protect and preserve the Erickson Living culture and values,” he says. “We’ve created something special here; I don’t ever want that to be lost.”

The Davis family recently pledged an additional $20 million donation over the next five years. Half of those funds will support health and wellness programs at Erickson Living-managed communities across the country. The other $10 million will go to the to the communities’ Benevolent/Resident Care Funds. 

The Benevolent/Resident Care Fund is at the heart of a long-standing promise Erickson Living makes to residents. The fund provides support to those who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. The money donated to the fund allows residents experiencing genuine financial adversity to continue living in their homes, to remain among their friends, and to receive the care they need.

“The work that Erickson Living does is invaluable,” says Davis. “Becoming a part of this company—this family—is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

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