Nursing 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, NFP provides charitable support to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA).

Our History




NFP was founded in 1983 as a private, 501(c) (3) foundation. 

In 1984, NFP, with support from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), built the Kathryn Grove Center for Nursing. Many historical nursing documents, research journals and pertinent clinical resources were housed within the building’s Dorothy Novella Library.

NFP hosted annual educational programs for the state’s psychiatric nurses, held its first fundraising art auction, and awarded its initial scholarships.



NFP was used as a template for other states within the American Nurses Association (ANA). NFP received a $25,000 grant from PennDOT for its Safe Kids Seatbelt campaign. 



NFP sponsored a nursing research conference in collaboration with a regional hospital system. 

NFP received approval from the IRS to become a supporting organization of PSNA. Under the direction of PSNA’s CEO, a decision was made to rejuvenate NFP by enhancing the organizational structure, revitalizing processes, and promoting donations to support PSNA/NFP’s vision and mission. 



Focus was placed on the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANOs) Standards for Excellence accreditation status.

Through a loving memorial, NFP created the Florence (Madden) Grady-Fasick Scholarship to provide scholarships.

A second scholarship from the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund of the Former Albert Einstein Medical Center Nursing School of Philadelphia.

NFP proudly acquired the Seal of Accreditation for Standards of Excellence from PANO.

NFP successfully hosted its first Black & Gold Gala in 2018.

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Our Vision

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

Our Mission

To ensure nurses for tomorrow.


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 distributed more than $404,000 in scholarships to 260 students for nursing education and nursing research grants. Established in 1983, NFP has been successful in facilitating and acknowledging the gifts and bequests with our vision of ensuring nurses for tomorrow.

Our Beliefs

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.

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 RNs
  •  Operational support for NFP’s daily work