Throughout an influential career that has taken him from London to Venezuela, from board rooms to oil fields, from a top New York City law firm to the senior management team of a global energy company, J. Barclay Collins II has always made time for one thing—and it’s not golf.
“Throughout my life, I’ve been a volunteer,” notes the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania native. “It has been a deep privilege for me to help nurture organizations that serve the public good.” This has meant devoting his time, talents, and resources to numerous nonprofit organizations that support the causes he cares about—United Hospital Fund is lucky to be among them.
The former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Hess Corporation, Mr. Collins has served on the UHF board since 1984 (the same year he started at Hess). He has been Board Chairman since 2006.
Mr. Collins recently joined UHF’s Legacy Society, making a planned gift to help sustain UHF’s future. “I think it’s important, in your testamentary relationships, to support in perpetuity the organizations that have been important to you,” he says.
His commitment to improving health care was shaped, in part, by his belief that it is intrinsically related to the other causes he supports, which include environmental preservation, the arts, and education. “I think it’s important to focus on these broader issues and make an effort to find solutions that could be related,” he says.