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.
Thanks to a record number of attendees, audience competition in our $250 Help a Child bidding, bidding on our fantastic silent and live auction donations, and from our many sponsorships, the Mudd Nick Foundation raised $105,790 at our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Dinner in September, which eclipsed our previous event revenue by 5%. We expect total revenues for calendar year 2019 to set a record at $215,000. This includes over $17,000 in remembrance donations to our beloved Jim Mudd who died in October 2018. This bring the total remembrance donations for Jim to $36,000 – a fitting tribute to our co-founder. The donation sources chart indicates that 49% of our revenue came from our annual Golf Tournament and Charity Event. It also shows that 11% came from the Kelly’s Brighton Marina Crab Derby, so we hope you will support that event on June 6, 2020.
Given the revenue support we received from our wonderful supporters, we are committing $140,000 to fund Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and 2020 summer that will cover all students in District 56 in North Tillamook County. This funding level will enable us to send 15 8th graders to Washington DC, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and a Civil War battlefield during Spring Break in March 2020. Students who went to Washington DC in 2018 received an unforgettable experience and absorbed US history first-hand. We are also offering our marque PX2 three-day camp to interested 7th graders. Funding also includes about $11,000 dedicated to Learning Experiences for children with special needs.
One chart shows the funded, non-special needs Learning Experiences breakdown by category, and the other shows it by school, representing nearly 3,000 children participations in our 57 Learning Experiences for typical children. Our children with special needs will have four experiences, representing 148 children experiences. Also listed is a brief description of our Learning Experiences for the 2019-2020 school year and summer.
— John Isbell, Mudd Nick Foundation Treasurer and Board Member
2018 – 2019 Learning Experiences (No. of Participants)
• Oregon Children’s Theatre Jason and the Argonauts, Lunch (81) – 7th graders