HistoryNursing Foundation of Pennsylvania
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) is a 501(c) 3, Type II, Supporting Organization,under the broad umbrella of community benefit organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, NFP provides charitable support to Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA).
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) was founded in 1983 as a private, 501(c) (3) foundation. That same year, the Pennsylvania State Nursing Association (PSNA) (then known as Pennsylvania Nurses Association [PNA]), purchased land for $90,000 and transferred it to NFP.
Assets and cash totaling approximately 69 percent of PSNA’s reserves were transferred to NFP for building the physical plant, later known as the Kathryn Grove Center for Nursing.
In 1984, NFP assumed responsibility for construction of the Center for Nursing, which would house NFP and PSNA.
In December 1985, PSNA moved into the building and leased its office space and equipment from NFP. Many historical nursing documents, research journals and pertinent clinical resources were housed within the building in the Dorothy Novella Library. NFP paid the salary for a librarian in addition to subsidizing the salaries of many of PSNA’s staff for services rendered or shared. For a few years, the building also housed the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP).
In the mid-to-late 1980s, NFP hosted annual CE programs for the state’s psychiatric nurses, held its first fundraising events (art auctions) and awarded its initial scholarships.
In 1990, NFP was used as a template for other states within the American Nurses Association (ANA) and was requested to present at ANA’s annual convention. In the early 1990s, NFP received a $25,000 grant from PENNDOT for its Safe Kids Seatbelt campaign.
In 1992, the Bylaws were changed to state that a majority of NFP’s trustees must be PSNA board members. A six- to eight-year period of restructuring ensued.
In 2000, NFP sponsored a Nursing Research Conference in collaboration with a regional hospital system, for several hundred attendees.
In 2001, NFP received approval from the IRS to become a supporting organization of PSNA.
In 2009, under the direction of CEO Betsy M. Snook, a critical decision was made to rejuvenate the NFP. A part-time consultant was hired to put the necessary infrastructure in place to enhance the organizational structure, revitalize processes, and promote scholarship donations to raise funds to support PSNA’s Vision and Mission. That same year, NFP received their first planned gift.
In January 2011, an interim NFP Board was put in place to guide the transformational process on which NFP was embarking. A strong focus was placed on Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANOs) Standards for Excellence to qualify for PANO’s accreditation status.
In July 2011, the NFPO received its second planned gift.; this fund exists to provide scholarships to second semester students in their pursuit of a nursing degree.
In May 2013, a large restricted scholarship was received from the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund of the Former Albert Einstein Medical Center Nursing School of Philadelphia.
This scholarship like the Florence (Madden) Grady-Fasick Scholarship Fund exists to support students in need in their pursuit of a nursing degree.
In September 2015, the NFP acquired the Seal of Accreditation for Standards of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Organizations(PANO).
In September 2016, the NFP hired Traci Brown as Development Coordinator. Traci has worked with numerous non- profit organizations in the Central PA area.
In Oct 2016, the NFP became members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and CREDC/Regional Chamber of Commerce.
To Ensure Nurses for Tomorrow
To be the premier charitable organization for professional nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Since 1995, the NFP has aided nursing students and professionals with educational assistance to help sharpen their knowledge and professional skills. To date, the NFP has awarded over $173,000 to more than 120 students. Established in 1983, NFP has been successful in facilitating and acknowledging the gifts and bequests with our vision of ensuring nurses for tomorrow.
Nurses are pillars in our communities, viewed as the most trusted profession in our nation. Having an adequate number of nurses improves quality of life and patient care. We believe that qualified nursing students should have the financial and career resources to successfully complete their education. We look to experienced nurses to generate new knowledge through research. Those entrusted to nursing care have the right to expect qualified, caring RNs who uphold a strong code of ethics and responsibility.
NFP’s goal is to advance the educational and professional standards of nursing and the nursing profession through:
- Grants and scholarships for study, instruction, research and scholarly pursuits in nursing
- Financial support of PSNA’s efforts to provide continuing education for PA’s RNs
- Operational support for NFP’s daily work