Jane W. Burks
"I appreciate the confidence PNC has placed in us throughout the years and the way our banking team proactively recommends products that make us more efficient. PNC's support has been vital to our financial success."
A Seamless Transition from Corporate to Nonprofit
Jane Burks hadn't planned on making a major career change after 21 years in the corporate world, yet she didn't hesitate when the opportunity to join the leadership team of Volunteers of America (VOA) arose.
"I was fortunate to work for a bank that encourages employees to get involved in their communities," says Jane, who had progressed to senior vice president of Corporate Banking at PNC when she joined VOA in 1998. "In the late 1980s, I became a board member with the VOA Louisville office and fell in love with the organization. I spent nine years on the board, chairing it for three." Jane was also invited to serve on the national board in Washington DC, where the executive management team got to know her.
"VOA asked me to join as CFO and vice president of organizational services," Jane says. "After careful consideration, I accepted. I spent the next six-plus years commuting to Washington each week."
With personal commitments at home, Jane returned to Louisville and became president of The Center for Women and Families. Before two years had passed, she was invited to lead the Louisville-based division of VOA, Volunteers of America of Kentucky (VOAKY), a nationally accredited organization of 800 employees and 500 volunteers offering homeless and housing services, substance abuse treatment and other social services for Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and southern Indiana.
The Unwavering Support of PNC
Today, as president and CEO of VOAKY, Jane faces economic challenges including reductions to government funding. "The financial, marketing and leadership experience I gained during my tenure with PNC prepared me for this role, but it's tough managing a nonprofit during these changing times," she says. "I've never worked this hard, but I love it! We continue to make a difference, thanks to the never-ending commitment of the professionals and volunteers who work here."
Jane relies on the commitment of PNC as well. VOAKY's corporate bank for more than 20 years, PNC stood by the organization when times were tough. "When I became CEO in 2006, we were entering a difficult financial period," Jane shares. "PNC played a collaborative, strategic role in helping us get back on a positive track. I appreciate the confidence PNC has placed in us throughout the years and the way our banking team proactively recommends products that make us more efficient. PNC's support has been vital to our financial success."
Vital to her own success, says Jane, has been the support of her husband. "Dick is my best friend, a wonderful partner and an outstanding father," she says. "His involvement in raising our children enabled me to develop professionally, including making the exciting leap from banking to the nonprofit world. With Dick's support, I discovered that life isn't so much about what you plan for yourself as it is recognizing - and leveraging - the opportunities that come your way."