Unfortunately, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Tillamook County and around the country, the Mudd Nick Foundation board believes it is prudent and responsible to cancel our golf tournament, charity dinner and auction scheduled for September 18. The board made this difficult decision to ensure the safety of our donors, sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and community members. Each day is wildly different from the last and we realize it’s been hard to keep up with the changing protocols, closures, and cancellations recommended by experts and mandated by cities, counties, and states. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause you. The board is working diligently to organize and hold an online live and silent auction event later this year to help raise money for our ongoing programs including Grub Club. While there isn’t a date set yet for our future online auction, we will announce the date as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these hard times and your ongoing support of the Mudd Nick Foundation. Any donation you provide to help us accomplish our mission to serve all students in school District 56 will be accepted in gratitude. We hope to celebrate 2022 with an in-person event. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to broaden the horizons of all children in North Tillamook County through programs in collaboration with our community partners.
The purpose of the Mudd Nick Foundation is to provide learning experiences that stimulate children to aspire to their greatest potential and to pursue their dreams.

Our Vision

Our vision is that the children in our community become life-long stellar citizens who expand their life experiences, minds and curiosities; accept responsibility for their actions; treat themselves and others with respect; maintain high personal integrity; exhibit socially-accepted behavior; and have fun participating in the programs.

Our Programs

The Programs are designed to teach children the fundamentals of lifelong stellar citizenship by encouraging them to be responsible for their individual actions, respect themselves and others, maintain high integrity, exhibit socially accepted behaviors, expand their life experiences, minds and curiosities.


GBAM Program provides a week-long art experience for students with special needs and culminates with a community performance and dinner for youth participants, their families and community members.


PX2 Program provides youth of our community the tools to make the transitioning from adolescent to adult, which can be a confusing and frightening time, easier. Mudd Nick Foundation has sponsored middle school students to learn tools that help them with the transition.

Our History

Jim Mudd and Doug Nicholson, friends since their days at Oregon State University, decided to start a coed golf tournament in 1990, which they christened the Mudd Nick Invitational. In 2006, the Mudd Nick Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a board of nine directors was selected to develop a Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Objectives. During the last two decades, in excess of $2,000,000 has been raised to support over 60 Learning Experiences annually for all students in Neah-Kah-Nie School District 56.

Our Annual Event

Since 1988, people associated with the Mudd Nick Foundation have celebrated the third weekend in September with an 18-hole golf tournament on Saturday. In 1996, the Foundation began raising money during a dinner and charity auction on that Saturday evening to fund life-enhancing learning experiences for all students in School District 56 in North Tillamook County. Our 2020 fundraising event was held in a virtual format on September 19th.

Latest News

Jim and Kathy Hickey Recipients of the 2020 Jim and Lynn Mudd Service to Children Award
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The Mudd Nick Foundation board of directors voted to award the Jim and Lynn Mudd Service to Children Award in 2020 to Jim and Kathy Hickey for their long-standing dedication to the Mudd Nick Foundation. Jim and Kathy have been … Read More

New Board Member Wendy Bakker
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In late September 2020, the Mudd Nick Foundation board of directors unanimously voted to add Wendy Bakker to the board.   Wendy moved to Manzanita four years ago, from San Diego, with her husband Dan and daughter, Kayla (10). Dan … Read More

Food Program Press Release
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Due to COVID-19, it has been harder than ever to deliver the scheduled learning experiences for which the Mudd Nick Foundation is known. While the Foundation is still committed to providing learning experiences that stimulate children to aspire to their … Read More

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