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The Faye Mc Beath Foundation

The Faye McBeath Foundation is a private, independent foundation providing grants to tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The Foundation supports promising programs and fresh approaches in health education that lead to improved public health. Specifically, the Foundation supports the following:

  • Enhancing community programs that promote healthy outcomes among children, adults and families; and
  • Supporting creative solutions addressing worker shortages and education of professionals in health care, community and public health, with an emphasis on nursing.

In 2006, the Faye McBeath Foundation partnered with WCN in a successful award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN) Raising the Bar grants. PIN is a national initiative to develop and test local solutions to end America’s nursing shortage. This unique and highly successful grant project, initiated in the fall of 2007, brought partners together from schools of nursing, community health centers and public health departments to focus on redesign for community/public health nursing education and practice, and was one of only two in the nation to focus on this area of nursing critical to population health.

In the spring of 2011, the Foundation once again invited WCN’s participation in its efforts to submit a proposal for another PIN award, this time in the area of data-driven mental health nursing redesign. Recipients of this grant cycle will be notified in summer of 2011.

The Faye McBeath Foundation has supported the work of WCN since its formation as a contributing partner in its coalition of nursing and healthcare organizations, academic institutions and stakeholders with a common vision for the future of nursing.

Oscar Rennebohm Foundation

The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, was established in 1949 by Oscar Rennebohm, founder of the Rennebohm Drug Store chain in Madison. Rennebohm was a successful businessman with the drug stores; effective statesman as Wisconsin governor; champion of UW-Madison as president of its Board of Regents; and philanthropist.
His primary goal was to fund projects in the Madison area with emphasis on four areas: education and research, the disadvantaged , health services  and the community .

The foundation plays a major philanthropic role in the Madison area and beneficiaries include the  UW-Madison School of Nursing.