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Foundation

Texas Nurse Practitioner Foundation (TNPF) is dedicated to charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Last year, the Foundation awarded over $10,000 in scholarships, supported educational programming, and secured a grant for an economic study on how removing practice barriers for nurse practitioners would impact access to healthcare for Texans. TNPF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

We're Unique

TNPF is the only charitable foundation in Texas that is 100% focused on programs and initiatives that support and benefit current and future nurse practitioners and the patients they serve throughout our state.

Contributions to TNPF are immediately put to work to help Texas NPs and their communities!

We Make An Impact

TNPF makes a difference for individual NPs and entire communities. We provide scholarships for Texas NP, DNP, and PhD nursing students and assist when Texas NPs and their families experience financial crises, natural disasters, or other urgent needs. We continually work to ensure NPs have access to leading-edge, high-quality in-person and online educational programming.

Our Purpose

TNPF assists future and current nurse practitioners in Texas by:

  • Providing financial resources that advance the profession, including scholarships for NP education or NPs pursuing an advanced nursing degree.
  • Awarding grants to nurse practitioners and partner organizations for research relevant to advanced nursing professions.
  • Awarding grants to community projects that promote and improve access to healthcare for Texans.
  • Collaborating with organizations with similar missions and goals.
  • Awarding funding to organizations that advance continuing education for the nurse practitioner profession.
  • Promoting public awareness of the nurse practitioner role.
  • Providing short-term, immediate financial assistance to eligible TNP members whose lives are impacted by an accident or natural disaster.

About Our Scholarships

TNPF awards up to seven annual scholarships to registered nurses pursuing education to become nurse practitioners or nurse practitioners seeking advanced nursing degrees. Applications are accepted from April 1 through May 31 each year.

TNPF Silent Auction

TNPF hosts a silent auction at TNP’s Annual Conference and TNP’s Pharmacology and Primary Care Conference. Proceeds from the silent auction support the Foundation’s scholarship program, efforts to increase access to care, and education for nurse practitioners. If you would like to donate an item, please see the Silent Auction Guidelines (linked). Your support is appreciated.

TNPF "Walk & Talks"

TNPF hosts”Walk & Talks” at TNP’s Pharmacology & Primary Care Conference and the Annual Conference. These popular activities are a great way to meet new and old friends, stretch your legs, and support the Foundation. Information on how to participate is provided in the conference brochures and online.

Recognition

TNPF 'Spirit of Texas' Giving Award

Hats off to our 2023 TNPF “Spirit of Texas” Giving Award recipient, the Fort Worth Region Nurse Practitioners!

Each year, TNPF awards a TNP Affiliate with a traveling trophy for providing exemplary support to the Foundation. We thank our dedicated Affiliates for their generosity in providing monetary funds, fun and creative auction items, and for encouraging their members to support TNPF. The Award is presented at TNP’s Annual Conference.

Golden Shoe Award

The Brazosport Area Nurse Practitioners got some serious steps in during 2023 and earned our “Golden Shoe Award.”

What could be better than a beautiful stroll with wonderful people who share your professional interests and passion? At each conference “Walk & Talk” event, TNPF recognizes the TNP Affiliate that put its best foot forward by recruiting the most walk attendees.

Ways to Give

The heart of our profession is in caring for others and making a difference every day. Every contribution to the foundation counts. We invite you to give to the general TNPF fund or direct your donation to one of the Foundation’s named funds.

General TNPF Donation

The TNPF General Fund is central to advancing our mission. Contributions support scholarships, educational programming, and research that advances the profession.

TNP Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund

Unfortunately, natural disasters happen too often in Texas. As a result, the Foundation established a fund to provide short-term, immediate financial assistance to eligible Texas Nurse Practitioner members who are victims of a disaster from fire, flood, accidents, or other disasters. Donations received for this program go directly to the Emergency Assistance Fund, helping NPs in Texas.

Katie Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Katie Russell was a beloved practice owner and pediatric nurse practitioner. Katie saw a need in her community for children’s health care and fulfilled her dream by opening Medina Valley Pediatrics in August 2017 in Castroville, which provided valued services to 1,400 patients. Katie’s life was cut short in 2019 when she was just 38. To honor her passion for being a pediatric nurse practitioner, the Katie Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide an annual scholarship to a TNP member enrolled in a pediatric nurse practitioner program or to further pediatric education in Texas.

Kim Oas Memorial Fund

This fund honors Kim Oas, a founding member of Texas Nurse Practitioners. Kim had a long and distinguished career as a nurse practitioner, educator, lecturer, and researcher. Her field of expertise included migraines, strokes, and concussions. Throughout her career, she worked with neurosurgeons and neurologists at several healthcare facilities, including Mayo Clinic, UT Southwestern, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, and St. Joseph Healthcare System. Kim advocated for patients and nurses from the bedside to the boardroom, RNs to APRNs, and beyond. The purpose of the Kim Oas Memorial Fund is to provide ongoing education for Texas Nurse Practitioners. Donations to this fund help provide educational opportunities to NPs. Among many important projects, the fund has supported neurology webinars and an annual lecture series on headaches.