Ways to Support the Foundation

The Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation is building a BRILLIANT community one contribution at a time.

Midwest Nursing Research Society established the Foundation in 2007 to ensure nursing research has funding available to support developing nursing scientists.  For the past eleven years, MNRS Foundation has succeeded in matching generous donors with grant recipients to forward the profession.  Help MNRS Foundation foster the future of nursing science by making a donation today.

The Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation was established to raise funds to support the Dissertation and Seed grants awarded each year to MNRS members. Your gift will directly assist the Foundation and its ongoing work of supporting nursing research and the fostering the advancement of nursing science professionals.

Ways to Give and Build a BRILLIANT Community: 

Annual Giving

Make a one time or monthly gift to the MNRS Foundation.  Donations of all sizes are accepted and your gift will be used to support nursing science through grant opportunities.

Gifts will be recognized at the following gemstone levels:
Diamond Donors ($5,000 or more)
Ruby Donors ($2,500 - $4,999)
Sapphire Donors ($1000 - $2,499)
Topaz Donors ($500 - $999)
Emerald Donors ($250 - $499)
Pearl Donors ($100 - $249)
Turquoise Donors (gifts up to $100)

Honor a Researcher

Make a gift to acknowledge a colleague, mentor, friend, fellow MNRS member for their contribution to the profession while supporting the Foundation's mission of ensuring nursing research.

ESN Dissertation Grant

Make a gift to support the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN)'s efforts to raise money for grants for budding scholars. Please consider making a donation to ensure the future of nursing research and help us award an ESN dissertation grant

Named Grant

Make a gift to the Foundation in support of nursing research and a nurse scientist will receive funding to support his/her research.  While you cannot select the grant recipient for the Named Grant, you are able to designate your gift to a specific area or level of research. Please contact the Executive Office if you are interested in making a gift to Name a Grant.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Make a gift to the Foundation directly from your IRA.  Gifts from your IRA help lessen the tax burden and assists MNRS in providing much needed grant funding. Please contact your tax advisor and the Executive Office if you are interested in more information.  Please note - gifts must be made directly to the MNRS Foundation to qualify.

Legacy Circle

Make a gift to the Foundation through your estate plans. MNRS Foundation established the Legacy Circle so we can recognize your future gift today. Your Legacy Circle donation is the most lasting gift you can give to the The Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation.

There are many options for bequests and we encourage you to consult with your legal and/or financial advisors to ensure your financial and philanthropic goals are achieved.   As you are considering this gift opportunity, please see sample Bequest Language.

Please contact the Executive Office if you are interested in more information or have included MNRS in your will or trust.

Shopping Rebates


Make a gift while shopping by making your regular purchases through AmazonSmile or iGive!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

iGive is a free service that allows you to donate to the Foundation or any other cause simply by shopping at your favorite stores.

Foundation Raffle and Champagne Reception


Make a gift at the MNRS Annual Research Conference by attending the Champagne Reception on Friday afternoon or donating an item to the MNRS Foundation raffle.

All donors to the Foundation are precious and offer valuable support for MNRS members and nursing science.  To help show our appreciation, the MNRS Foundation will recognize all annual giving at the Annual Research Conference and on the MNRS website.  Please be sure to make your gift today!

Top Reasons to Support the Foundation:

  • The money raised goes to research grants - Dissertation or Seed grants.
  • The money stays in our region.
  • The grants go only to our members.
  • More funding is urgently needed to conduct pilot work.
  •  Supporting Dissertation research speeds the production of nurse scientists.
  • Many well-qualified MNRS grant applications are denied each year due to lack of funds.
  • MNRS needs to award more and larger grants.
  • Demonstration of financial support by MNRS members will aid in seeking funds from other sources.


A Note of Appreciation from MNRS grant recipients:

I am beyond grateful that I received the MNRS New Investigator Seed Grant. As a new researcher, securing this funding allowed me to conduct my pilot study for women with urgency urinary incontinence and understand if and how yoga may help to reduce symptom burden. I was also able to study the relationship between inflammatory markers and symptoms, through the lens of psychoneuroimmunology. Throughout this process, I am learning how to be a better scientist and applying bio-behavioral interventions to help women self-manage their chronic health conditions. Receiving external funding from MNRS was also critical for my tenure application, which happily was approved this spring.

Sandi Tenfelde

I'm a junior faculty at the college of Nursing-University of Iowa; I'm interested in studying human and system factors influencing nurses' decision to report medication errors. The MNRS seed grant provided me with the opportunity to conduct a State wide study that helped me expand on my previous post-doctoral work. As a result of the MNRS grant, I'm currently working toward developing my first R01. 

-  Amany Farag

The 2012 MNRS New Investigator Seed Grant kick-started my research in an exciting new direction. It gave me the funds I needed to explore the effect of a certain hormone on maternal and fetal iron regulation, and those preliminary findings quickly became a key component of my research model. The support of MNRS bridged the way to other funding, and today my team and I are closer than ever to our goal of developing innovative, safe, and effective new therapies for mothers and their babies.

- Mary Dawn Koenig