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Health care is about more than fighting disease and performing surgery. With an aging population, and with an over-burdened health care system, the power of nursing is needed more than ever. It’s time for the nation to recognize the dedication of our 4 million invaluable registered nurses and the lives they touch.


Our mission

The American Nurses Foundation exists because nursing is at the very heart of health care - and everyone should know it. As the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), our mission is to ‘transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing’, and this is more relevant today than ever. With the future of health care changing so dramatically, nurses can revolutionize the approach to care for the better. The Foundation pursues this mission through the following Areas of Interest:

  • Elevating the image of nursing;
  • Improving health;
  • Strengthening leadership;
  • Generating new knowledge and policy; and
  • Fostering philanthropy.

Although supporting nurses with grants is an important part of the Foundation, we do so much more. Day to day, the Foundation supports nurses by generating policy positions on issues that affect the profession and public health overall. We invest in the wellbeing and success of individual nurses while championing the nursing cause throughout health care policy.

History of the Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation was founded in 1955 as the research, education, and charitable affiliate of ANA. Since then, it has fought tirelessly to advance the nursing profession through raising funds for advances in research, education, and clinical practice to the benefit of the whole health care system.

The Foundation is passionate about helping put nurses’ knowledge and care to work helping patients. Since 1955, our annual research competition has helped over 1,100 nurses advance health care through more than $4 million in grants. These grants, along with programs to build leadership, support education, and improve care, continue to influence health outcomes and enhance quality of care to this day.

The Foundation relies on the continued generosity of its donors to achieve and expand on it mission. Individuals, corporations, government agencies, and private foundations make it possible to for us to undertake potentially life-changing research, support nurses, and improve health care for all.

Our mission is to ‘transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.'

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The American Nurses Foundation is a separate charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not engage in political campaign activities or communications.

The Foundation expressly disclaims any political views or communications published on or accessible from this website.

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