Mudd Nick Foundation’s Learning Experiences
With approximately 3,000 opportunities annually for children to participate in life expanding activities, the Mudd Nick Foundation focuses on developing Learning 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, we identify and fund opportunities to which local children would not otherwise have access.
These Learning Experiences focus on providing children:
- 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.
Great Big Art Mash “GBAM” Art Camp
The project was created to provide comprehensive art education to youth with special needs, while providing nearly 25 hours of respite care relief for parents. This camp was initially developed in 2012 by Bay City Arts Center Founder Helen Hill and Board Past President Dia Norris. Through the hard work and dedication of these women, the program was a success from initial implementation. Learn more
The Path to eXtreme Success “PX2”
For teenagers starting to make the transition from adolescent to adult, it can be a confusing and frightening time. To give the youth of our community the tools to make this transition easier, Mudd Nick Foundation has sponsored middle school students to learn tools that help the with the transition: PX2™ – the next generation in teen success. These tools help them create more positive self-talk which enables them to believe in themselves, set higher goals and utilize visualization skills to achieve the dreams, and use this new mental technology more effectively bring growth and happiness in all aspects for their lives. Learn more
Learning Experiences 2018 – 2019
The MNF will allocate over $123,000, which includes over $12,000 for children with special needs, in Learning Experiences for the 2018-2019 School Year and 2019 Summer. In addition, we expect two students to qualify for the Costa Rica foreign exchange program which is separately funded by an anonymous MNF donor.
The two charts below show the funded Learning Experiences by Category and by School. Multi-School includes our marque PX-2 three-day camp, 4-H camp, Summer Art Program, the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp, and Forest-to-Sea camp operated by North County Recreational District.
The week following our 2018 annual Event, Jim was overwhelmed to learn our Event revenues were $83,600. A tremendous THANK YOU to those who attended and bid on the outstanding assortment of live and silent auction items including the numerous $250 Help a Child donations, bought Blinkies and 50/50 raffle tickets, and from our generous Event sponsors. Jim wanted to know if I thought we would have a record revenue year. I told him it was unlikely we would eclipse our 2016 record year of $203,000; but we could now expect a GREAT year, to which he said “WOW, isn’t that wonderful!” Thanks to the $16,555 the Foundation has received to date in donations to Jim’s Remembrance, our revenues, with year-end In-Kind donations, reached a record 210,000! Jim would be blown away by the amazing support given to provide live changing experiences to children in North Tillamook County.
Thanks to the numerous volunteer hours donated by our Board and other wonderful people, around 80% of our donations go directly to fund our Learning Experiences and provide a reserve to maintain the quality of life-changing experiences for our children.
2018 – 2019 Learning Experiences (No. of Participants)
• Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, Lunch (81) – 7th graders