ISPN Foundation

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Foundation

A legacy for future advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing

The Purpose of the Foundation

  1. To establish a trust, the income of which is used to support and encourage the activities and purposes of the ISPN for charitable, literary, clinical, research, and educational endeavors.
  2. To receive and maintain funds and, as appropriate, expend the income in support of and in furtherance of the purposes of ISPN
  3. To promote psychiatric-mental health nursing and the professional expertise of psychiatric-mental health nurses
  4. To enhance opportunities for communication among psychiatric-mental health nurses and with the clients/persons they serve who experience mental health challenges

The Goals of the Foundation

  • Foster and enhance research and scholarship
  • Promote relevant educational preparation for the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Develop partnerships that strengthen the delivery of mental health care around the globe
  • Support student and international members' attendance at annual conferences

About Us
The Foundation members are the collective ISPN Nurses. Board of Director members manage the business affairs and fulfill the purpose and goals of the Foundation. Each member of the Board is a current member of ISPN in good standing. The Board of Directors is composed of no less than three or no more than seven members, elected by the ISPN Foundation Board. The ISPN treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board but without voting rights. Currently there is a Board of Director President, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary, and four additional members. Members of the Board are appointed to serve for a three year term and may be reappointed for a second three year term. Board meetings are held on a regular basis throughout the year usually via teleconference calls. A face-to-face meeting of Board of Director members is conducted during the annual conference where ISPN members are invited to attend. (as presented in the ISPN Foundation Bylaws)

ISPN was launched in 1998. When it became an organization by combining three organizations (ACAPN, ISPCLN & SERPN) one organization already had a foundation. The Board of Directors for ISPN determined that ISPN needed its own foundation, providing a place for the foundation already in existence--The Robert O. Gilbert Foundation of ACAPN.

In 2001, ISPN President, Dr. Linda Finke charged ACAPN Division Director, Dr. Beth Bonham, and SERPN Division Director, Dr. Lorna Mill Barrell, with developing bylaws for the Foundation.

When this task was completed, the ISPN Foundation was established in 2002 as a trust to support the mission of ISPN. Dr. Finke and the ISPN Board appointed the first Board of Director members for the Foundation: Dr. Jeanne Clement (SERPN), Dr. Judith Coucouvanis (ACAPN), Ann Robinette, CNS, RN-BC (ISPCLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, PhD, APRN-BC (ISPN founding member).

Activities and Events

  • ISPN Foundation Event
  • Sponsor a fund-raising event at ISPN's annual conference (Silent Auction)
  • Encourage donations from ISPN members and others via conference applications, membership and membership renewal applications, e-blasts, mailings of letters and a brochure, etc.
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for pharmaceutical companies that research and develop psychotropic medications
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for other businesses and organizations that want to promote and support mental health and psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Develop and sell fundraising products, such as Foundation t-shirts
  • Present Research Grant(s) from donations to ISPN
  • Present Education Grant(s) to advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing students
  • Present Scholarships to students to attend ISPN conferences

Current Updates with Past ISPN Foundation Events and Recipients

 Conference Events

2024 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI

2023 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina, Redondo Beach, CA

2022 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising Virtually 

2021 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising Virtually 

2020 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

2019 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Charlotte Marriott City Center Hotel, Charlotte, NC

2018 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe, AZ

2017 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

2016 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Marriott City Center, April 14, 2016, Minneapolis, MN

2015 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Blueacre Seafood Restaurant, Seattle, WA

2014 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Hyatt Regency Greenville

2012 - Reception and Auction at the Jimmy Carter Museum

2011 - Dinner and Silent and Live Auction on March 31, 2011 in Tucson, AZ

2010 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 15, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri

2009 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 2, 2009, Greenville, South Carolina

2008 - Dinner and Dancing on the Spirit of Jefferson Steamboat, Louisville, Kentucky

2007 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2006 - Dinner and Raffle at Mattie's House of Mirrors in Denver, Colorado


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