NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Hosts Inaugural Fit for the Future 5K Fundraiser, Kicking Off 2023 Education Summit

NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Hosts Inaugural Fit for the Future 5K Fundraiser, Kicking Off 2023 Education Summit

Set for September 28 at National Harbor, 5K Registration Now Open Exclusively to Summit Attendees

Washington, DC — When the National League for Nursing convenes the annual NLN Education Summit at National Harbor just outside Washington, DC, this fall, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy some invigorating outdoor activity while making a valuable contribution to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education at the first Fit for the Future 5K Fundraiser. This event will kick off the NLN Education Summit on September 28 at 7:00 a.m. as runners and walkers will support the foundation’s mission to raise and provide funding that supports the mission and activities of the National League for Nursing to promote excellence in nursing education.

“The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education depends on the generosity of members, partners and friends whose donations fund a wide variety of programs and educational opportunities. Foremost among them are scholarships and research grants awarded to advanced degree candidates pursuing careers in nursing education as well as scholars whose rigorous original research advances the science of nursing education,” said NLN Foundation Chair Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, ACRN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, president of Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri. “I am excited to lace up my running shoes this fall to race for nursing education!”

“The NLN Foundation’s first in-person 5K fundraiser offers an excellent opportunity to show support for the first nursing organization to offer financial resources for nursing education scholarship. The timing of the 5K run reflects a major objective of the NLN Education Summit, to annually showcase the latest studies of evidence-based best practices in curriculum design, instruction, learning, testing, and assessment to prepare a diverse, culturally sensitive nursing workforce in service of our national and global heath,” said NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I encourage everyone to join me and the National League for Nursing team on the 5K course.”

The NLN Foundation prides itself on supporting multi-year league initiatives. Since 2013, the foundation has raised thousands in matching grant funds to facilitate the NLN Archives Project at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, creating a unique repository of historical material now available for scholarly study.

The Foundation also helps underwrite the NLN’s Scholarly Writing Retreat, which is held twice annually. Participants submit research findings and other work to all types of peer-reviewed publications in clinical and education research, including the League’s well-respected scholarly journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. More than 100 publications have accepted submissions since the retreat began 15 years ago.

By providing generous financial support to their scholarly pursuits, the NLN Foundation plays a central role in empowering America’s nurse educators. Foundation scholarships and research grants vary widely in scope and breadth to reach investigators across the spectrum of higher education with a plurality of specialized research interests.

In the past decade alone, the NLN Foundation has provided more than $700,000 to grant and scholarship recipients. Formal recognition of all scholarship and research grant winners is a highlight each year at the NLN Education Summit.

At this time, registration for the 5K is open only to individuals registering for the Summit. Discounted Early Bird Summit registration rates are in effect through May 31.

For more information about the NLN Foundation, visit


About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to nearly 45,000 individual and over 1,000 institutional members, including nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

May 10, 2023


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