Dr. Phillips Charities combines traditional philanthropy with real estate development to fund non-profits – Florida Trend


About eight years ago, Ken Robinson, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities, and his board noticed there were few senior living options in the Dr. Phillips community, the Orlando neighborhood named after the late citrus magnate (and the charity’s namesake) Philip “Doc” Phillips. “You can be born at the Dr. Phillips Hospital, and you can go to school there and you can have a great job there. There’s wonderful restaurants, the Bay Hills Golf Club, but there wasn’t a good retirement community,” says Robinson, who has led Dr. Phillips Charities since 2013.

To fill the void, the nonprofit teamed up with Harbor Retirement Associates, a Vero Beachbased senior living development and management company, and built HarborChase Dr. Phillips, an upscale senior living facility on 26 acres that Dr. Phillips Charities owned on Spring Lake. Adjacent to the facility, the charity built a 60,000sq. ft. medical office building it leases to Orlando Health. “Historically, health care’s always been at a hospital site, and the medical offices were right next to it, but generally those aren’t the most convenient places to get to,” Robinson says. “We’re able to bring health care right into the community, right next to the senior housing.”

This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Ken Robinson; Philip “Doc” Phillips; Howard Phillips; Walter Phillips; Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge; HarborChase Dr. Phillips; Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center; Gary Blanchette; The Packing District; John Rivers; The Cannery

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Tags: Housing/Construction, Non-profit/Philanthropy, Real Estate, Feature