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Foundation Programs


Support Excellence in Nursing Education

We need you. The NLN Foundation relies on the support of NLN members and friends to provide funding that promotes excellence in nursing education. We are grateful for your financial support and appreciative of your sharing your good NLN experiences with your fellow nurse educators including the resources and support you have found in the organization. If your teaching style has been enhanced; if your classroom is more productive and vital; if your career has grown because of the National League for Nursing please make a gift to the Foundation for Nursing Education. After more than 120 years we have big plans to continue improving the health of the nation by elevating nurse educators.

Annual Gifts

You can make both restricted and unrestricted gifts to the NLN. Unrestricted are very special because they provide funds that can be used where they are needed most as determined by the CEO and the Board of Governors.

Restricted Gifts for Scholarships, Research & Faculty Development gifts can be restricted to support scholarships and nursing education research funds that are awarded each year to nurses pursuing advanced degrees so that they may enter the faculty role as well as for research that enhances the science of nursing education.


NLN Archives Project 

In 2013, the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, with generous support from the Independence Foundation, helped us conduct a survey of NLN records, data, publications, and other significant documents. Then, this past February, we finalized a Deed of Gift with the Bates Center to formally initiate a four-year process of identifying and preserving NLN archives. Since then, the Independence Foundation stepped in with a generous gift to fund the development and implementation of a full archival repository of NLN holdings, including video digitizing and the digitization of paper records. The gift from the Independence Foundation is a matching grant. We will be given $25,000 annually for this work but only if we match these dollars with contributions from others. 

We are seeking to raise funds in order to preserve our past as a resource for scholars investigating the history of nursing, nursing education, and nursing accreditation in the United States

Faculty Scholarships 

Each year, the NLN Foundation offers scholarships to support the NLN’s mission to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. These scholarships encourage more experienced and ethnically diverse nurses to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees to prepare for full-time positions as nurse educators.

The 2016 award winners were announced this summer and recognized during the NLN Educational Summit in Orlando, Florida. The application period for 2017 will be open on February 15, 2017. Learn more about our scholarship program here.

Endowment Funds

NLN Foundation Endowment Funds, established in 2004, ensure a lasting legacy by providing funds in perpetuity for nursing education, research, and faculty scholarships.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals there are currently eight named endowment funds to which anyone can make a gift:

  • Board of Trustees/Board of Governors Endowment Fund
  • Ruth D. Corcoran Fund for Nursing Education
  • Margaret Ann Kerr Faculty Scholarship Fund
  • Nancy Langston Nursing Education Research Fund
  • Elizabeth Isaac Marcil Faculty Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothy A. Otto Endowment Fund
  • Mary Ann Rizzolo Faculty Dissertation Scholarship Fund
  • Jack and Joe Simpson, Jr. Scholarship Fund

To create a new named fund, a gift of $50,000 is required. However, anyone can designate a a gift to any endowment fund. 

Planned Giving

Let us assist you in leaving a legacy with us. Learn more about planned giving here

Donors on what it means to give to the NLN

"I believe the mission of the National League for Nursing is as relevant and vital today as it was when NLN was founded in 120 year ago. Because of the benefits I have received personally and professionally and because I believe that the NLN will be a dynamic leader in creation of the preferred future for our profession and health care, I have chosen to make the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education a priority for my philanthropy." - Nancy Langston, PhD, RN, FAAN


"I have been an involved member of the National League for Nursing since 1958. In 2007, being honored as an inaugural fellow in the Academy of Nursing was very meaningful recognition in my long teaching career. With the NLN's exemplary focus on nursing education for today's faculty, I have the pleasure of providing 'the gift' of scholarships to faculty for nursing education research through the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education. Serving as a trustee on the board of the foundation, I know the importance of nursing education research for our future as the NLN's partner in our ever-changing health care system." - Dorothy Otto, EdD, RN, ANEF

"While nursing education is key to the future of nursing and the health of the nation, nurse educatorsMA_Rizzolo are sadly underpaid, and nursing education research receives minimal funding. The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education is the only organization that focuses exclusively on addressing these issues through its scholarships and grants. There are many good causes that deserve your donations. I hope that the NLN Foundation is on your list." - Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF