Louisiana Nurse Leaders Score Major 'Challenge' Grant
Earlier this year, the Louisiana Action Coalition—a group of nurse and other health leaders working to transform the nursing profession and improve health and health care in their state—held panel discussions about the critical role nurses can play in a reformed health care system.
At one, a member of the audience was so moved that he stood up, made a public call for donations to the Coalition, and passed a brown envelope around the audience as if it were a collection plate at a religious service.
Participants responded with enthusiasm, donating more than $4,000—a sum that jump-started the Action Coalition’s campaign to meet a one-year fundraising goal of $150,000. If they are able to raise that amount, the Rapides Foundation, an area health philanthropy that aims to improve health in central Louisiana, has announced that it will provide a matching grant of $150,000, which would put the young Coalition well on its way to sustainability.
"We are grateful for the tremendous support of the Rapides Foundation,” said Cynthia Bienemy, PhD, RN, director of the Louisiana Center for Nursing and co-lead of the Future of Nursing in Louisiana: Campaign for Action, also known as the Louisiana Action Coalition. “Not only have they provided a generous challenge grant, but they have shown visionary leadership as our partner on the Action Coalition’s core leadership team."
|by Colleen Krepstekies | October 8, 2012|