Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania                     

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What's New:

NFP Accepting Applications: 

The following scholarships are open

  • Jack E. Barger, Sr., Memorial Fund
  • Albert Einstein Memorial Scholarship

NFP is located at

3605 Vartan Way, Suite 204

Harrisburg, PA 17110

About NFP

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).

Our Mission

To Ensure Nurses for Tomorrow.

Our Vision

To be the premier charitable organization for professional nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Our Goal

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 registered nurses
  • Operational support for NFP's day-to-day work

Our Beliefs

  • Nurses are pillars in our communities.
  • Nursing must remain the most trusted profession in our communities (2013 Gallup poll).
  • An adequate number of nurses improves the quality of life in our communities.
  • All qualified nursing students should have the financial and career resources to successfully complete their nursing education.
  • Experienced nurses must continue to generate new knowledge through research that can be used to inform their practice.
  • Those entrusted to nursing care have the right to expect qualified, competent, caring registered nurses, who uphold a strong code of ethics and social responsibility and maintain the profession's trusted position in society.
  • NFP should support the Institute on Medicine's (IOM) focus on providing ways to engage nurses in lifelong learning and ensure nurses can always practice at their highest level of education.


NFP has:

  • Since 1995, NFP has awarded approximately $135,000 in scholarships to 110 students for nursing education and nursing research grants through the Pauline Thompson Nursing Scholarship Awards.
  • Worked in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars (1990-present) to award the annual Jack E. Barger, Sr., Memorial Scholarship to 74 nursing students in the Commonwealth.



NFP was founded in 1983 as a private, 501(c)3 foundation. That same year, 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 (then known as PNA).

In December 1985, PSNA moved into the building. PSNA 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 1993, the Pennsylvania Department of Health established a significant contract with NFP for the continuation of the Safe Kids Program.

In June 1995, papers were filed with the IRS to become a public charity after a required five-year forward waiting period. The Bylaws were changed to support this. NFP was still a 501(c)3 organization but it was to become a supporting agent of PSNA in 2001.

Between 1995 and 2011, NFP has distributed approximately $105,000 in scholarships to 92 students for nursing education and nursing research grants through the Pauline Thompson Nursing Scholarship Awards. The first research award from the Pauline Thompson fund was made in 1997.

By 1998, NFP’s focus was on helping PSNA to grow.

In 1999, the Center for Nursing was sold. After all expenses were paid, $550,000 remained. NFP received the money in July 1999. NFP trustees approved a grant to PSNA for $65,578 to be used for educational purposes. Also, a contribution for past services not previously reimbursed was made to PSNA. NFP began to reimburse PSNA on a yearly basis for services rendered to NFP by PSNA staff. 


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 a stagnate NFP. A part-time consultant was hired to put the necessary infrastructure in place to bring NFP back to life and begin to raise dollars to support PSNA’s urgent 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 part-time fund development consultant began to work full-time with NFP as director of philanthropy. That same year, NFP received its second planned gift, 

In 2013, a large restricted scholarship was received. The NFP also hired a part time development assistant. 

In 2014, the NFP will receive its second largest restricted nursing scholarship through the bequest of Mrs. Florence Fasick of Mechanicsburg.