As part of ONA’s recent Strategic Planning process, staff and leaders of the Association examined a wide range of issues about the future of ONA and nursing in Oregon. One key message: we must start doing more with the Oregon Nurses Foundation.
Established in 1982, the Oregon Nurses Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable 501c3 organization that houses a number of important projects for nursing in the state. In addition to being the home of "WorkHealthy Oregon,” the Foundation also hosts a number of important scholarship funds such as the Centennial Scholarship and the NPO/Nanette Clapper Memorial Scholarship (recently renamed in honor one of Oregon’s most beloved Nurse Practitioner pioneers, Nanette Clapper).
These programs and scholarships play an important role in the future of the nursing profession in our state, but we think the Foundation can do more.
As a result, there are some significant changes coming for the Foundation. First and foremost, ONA’s Communication staff is planning to give the Foundation a face-lift, including a new logo, website, and new marketing and promotional materials. Second, the Foundation will be launching an ambitious campaign, starting in January of 2013, seeking to raise $100,000 annually to support and expand the Foundation’s academic scholarships.
This campaign, called "The Next Generation” will seek $100 donations from at least 1,000 nurses and nurse practitioners from across the state, either in one time donations or through small monthly gifts of $8.33! These funds will go to support academic scholarships for students in RN programs and in NP programs and will help ensure that the next generation of Oregon’s nurses and nurse practitioners thrive.
Next, the Foundation will launch a "Planned Giving” program that will educate nurses about the importance of including the Oregon Nurses Foundation in their estate plans and in their wills. Recently, the Foundation received a major bequest from Leah Van Pelt, a longtime ONA member, that will help to ensure the long-term success of the Foundation. The Foundation’s "Planned Giving” program will ask nurses to consider endowing their own scholarship fund through a gift of funds to the Foundation in their will or estate plans. Not only will these planned gifts help strengthen the future of the Foundation, they can also offer nurses and their families significant tax savings.
Finally, the Foundation plans to expand our grant-funded research and project program. Like "Work Healthy Oregon,” there a number of research projects or outreach programs that would be an ideal fit for the Foundation; all we need to do is find them! Working with the Board of the Foundation, we hope to identify new sources of funding to expand the work of the Foundation and our impact on our profession.
All of us here at ONA are committed to helping the Foundation grow and prosper. Will you take a moment to consider making a charitable donation to the Oregon Nurses Foundation to support our plans for growth? A donation in any amount can be made online here.
The Oregon Nurses Foundation; Together, we are a making a difference for the future of our profession.