Mudd Nick Foundation History
Jim Mudd and Doug Nicholson, friends and graduates of Oregon State University, decided to start a coed golf tournament in 1988, which they christened the Mudd Nick Invitational. A Duck dressed as a Beaver became the logo because of the numerous University of Oregon and Oregon State University alumni participating in the event.
The tournament was popular from the start and, as the years passed, the event grew in size. Lynn Mudd, Jim’s wife, saw the needs in the community and viewed having a higher purpose as essential. She suggested that the event be transformed into something that contributed to the local community, rather than simply the enjoyment of attendees. As a result of Lynn’s influence, the Mudd Nick Golf and Charity event was born in 1996. Invitees and participants began donating to support selected activities for children in the North Tillamook area. Initially, we sponsored a month long summer art program and built a skate ramp adjacent to North County Recreation District in Nehalem, both of which are going strong today. Over the years, donations and momentum continued to build.
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 our Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Objectives. Our theme and goal became “Changing Children’s Lives Today and Tomorrow.” The Invitational Golf Tournament evolved and in recent years has drawn approximately 80 players.
Over the past two decades, in excess of $1,600,000 has been raised to support over 60 Learning Experiences annually for all school-aged children in North Tillamook County We have collaborative partnerships with the superintendent of Neah-Kah-Nie School District 56 and principals of the two grade schools, one middle school and one high school. Teachers apply for grants to support specific Learning Experience activities and the Foundation’s Learning Experiences Committee selects those to fund with the board’s accpoval. Also supported are Learning Experiences that cover multiple schools, North County Recreation District, and children with special needs. The Foundation does not support any tax funded programs or programs or activities that the school district could fund.
The Mudd Nick Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, with only two part-time staff members who liaise with school administrators and other youth leaders and coordinate the Learning Experiences process. Children participate in all Learning Experiences free of charge. See the Learning Experiences page to learn more about the activities the Foundation funds.
The passion for positively impacting the lives of children in this region is burning brighter than ever in the hearts of the Board members, staff and volunteers associated with the Foundation, and this fire will keep the Foundation moving on-wards and upwards.
We thank all of our donors and volunteers for their generous and ongoing support! When you make a donation, please remember that the Mudd Nick Foundation has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for your tax return purposes.
Please consider joining us at our annual event and golf tournament and also making a donation to the Mudd Nick Foundation on behalf of the wonderful and deserving children in our community. Your contribution will make tangible and meaningful differences in their lives.
The Learning Experiences
With approximately 3,000 opportunities for children to participate in life expanding activities annually, the Mudd Nick Foundation focuses on developing programs and experiences for children that complement, enhance, and broaden what they learn in the classroom. We direct our efforts and energies on delivering impactful, stimulating, fun and meaningful experiences. In close partnership with the North Tillamook County schools and other community organizations, we identify and fund opportunities to which local children would not otherwise have access.
These learning experiences focus on providing students:
- access to the arts and cultural activities both within their local area and beyond
- opportunities to participate in athletic programs
- ways to build self-esteem and self-reliance
- a chance to give back to their community
Board of Directors
- Monica Isbell – President / Board Member
- Bradley Mudd – Vice President / Board Member
- John Isbell – Treasurer / Board Member
- Abigail (Abby) Mudd – Secretary / Board Member
- Sheri Atteridge – Board Member
- Tim McCarty – Board Member
- Embry Savage – Board Emeritus Member
- Doug Nicholson – Co-Founder / Board Member
- Lynn Mudd – Co-Founder / Board Member
- Joe Atteridge – Board Member
- Amy VanDyke – Board Member
- Renae Scalabrin – Board Member
- Wendy Bakker – Board Member
- Owen Nicholson – Board Emeritus Member
Advisory Council Members
- Paul Erlebach
- Steve Moody
- Richard Streedain
- Monica Isbell – President / Editor in Chief
- Brandon Parmley – Oregon Coast Creative