NFW - Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin

Mission & Vision Statement

The mission of the Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin (NFW) is to promote health by advancing the profession of nursing through the financial support of education and research.  NFW is a not-for-profit organization that is visible, financially viable, and responsive to the Wisconsin nursing community.  Its values include communicating the importance of patient-centered care; promoting healthy communities; advancing education for nurses; encouraging professional commitment and service; advocating for evidence-based practice; and promoting diverse leadership. 

Read the NFW Bylaws

Donate to the Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin here.

Interested in Serving on the Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin (NFW) Board of Directors?

NFW is seeking WNA members interested in serving on their Board of Directors to advance these goals.
You can find information about these board positions by clicking here.
Please contact WNA Events and Membership Coordinator, Bri Dunbar, by email at with any questions.

Grants and Scholarships

Mary Barker APRN Nursing Scholarship

Closed for 2022.  Check back in December for 2023 scholarship information.

NFW Scholarship

Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin Announces Educational Scholarship Award Application

The NFW Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of educational scholarship awards for nurses interested in pursuing a BSN Completion Degree or Master’s Degree in Nursing not APRN. . $3000 available for 2-3 individuals (up to $1500 for each scholarship based on number of approved applicants)   Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2023. Click here for more information.


NFW Research Grants

NFW Accepting Applications for Research or Quality Improvement Project Grants

The Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin Board of Directors has designated $5000 available for 2-3 individual grants for Grant Research (up to $2500 for each grant based on number of approved applicants) . Award amounts will vary depending on the project or study. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2023. Click here for more information.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale – Founder of Modern Nursing – “The Lady With The Lamp”

Submit a Name to the Nightingale TributeGet the PamphletMake a Donation in Memoriam 

The Nightingale Tribute is a ceremony that can be used to honor a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse for their commitment to their patients and their dedication to nursing. You will find materials for conducting the Nightingale Tribute in the pamphlet.

The Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin will maintain this site as a memorial for Registered Nurses who have passed away. The nurses will be honored at the annual NFW Lamplight 5K Run/Walk and the Wisconsin Nurses Association’s Membership Assembly.

If you wish to submit an entry to the NFW Nightingale Tribute page, please click here. You may make a donation in honor or in memoriam of someone. There is no charge posting the dedication to the website, but a donation can be made to NFW in the nurse’s name if you wish. NFW strengthens Wisconsin’s nursing workforce by providing scholarships and research grants to nursing students.

View the list of Nightingale Tribute names on the Nightingale Tribute page of the website.