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Organization Number: 83-0330168
Organization Name: Touchmark Foundation
Address: 5150 SW Griffith Drive
State / Province: OR
Zip / Post Code: 97005
Country: United States
Phone: 1-800-796-8744 Ext:
Organization Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Address: http://www.touchmarkfoundation.org
The Touchmark Foundation is dedicated to providing programs to help assure that seniors have what is necessary to make their lives comfortable, satisfying, and pleasant. Its work focuses on two primary programs:
• Increasing the number of health care professionals in order to meet the health care needs of the growing number of seniors.
• Providing philanthropic support to low-income seniors to improve their physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual lives.
I. Health Professions Scholarship Program
Now, and in the foreseeable future, we face a severe shortage of nurses and other health care professionals. This shortage will be exacerbated as the “baby-boomer” generation ages.
To address this critical shortage, the Touchmark Foundation provides scholarships to those who wish to pursue an education leading to a certificate or degree in the health care professions. Those who are currently employed in health care field may seek financial help for the cost of tuition for course work or training that will specifically enhance their geriatric health care skills.
Scholarships for Nursing Instructors
An equally urgent need is for additional nursing instructors to teach the next generations of students, particularly in the field of geriatric nursing. Without additional faculty to teach, educational institutions will not be able to expand nursing programs and increase the number of students graduating with nursing degrees. Expanding the teacher ranks is a vitally important step in addressing our nation’s critical nursing shortage. For example, Touchmark Foundation is partnering with Oregon Health & Sciences University to support five Ph.D. nursing students in the John A. Hartford Foundation Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
II. Senior Benevolent Fund
The Senior Benevolent Fund will provide financial assistance to low-income seniors for the purpose of improving their physical, social, spiritual and intellectual lives. Individuals and non-profit organizations may apply for grants for materials, equipment, activities, and programs that are intended to enhance the well being of seniors who are experiencing financial difficulties. In this effort, the Touchmark Foundation will routinely seek out opportunities to partner with area providers of services for seniors.
One of our new project this year is the Low Vision Project. Through this program, the Foundation is placing video magnification systems in three communities to support seniors with macular degeneration and other low vision challenges. We are excited about the potential to build new program focusing on vision health. Based on the outcomes of these pilot programs, the low vision project may be expanded to additional communities.
A second important program is the Holiday Food Box program. In the U.S., more than one in every 10 households are hungry or unsure if they will be able to acquire enough food for their next meals. The statistic is startling, but, what does it really mean? It means that there are seniors and families all around us who must rely on food donations to avoid hunger. They are our neighbors. They are our community.
The Touchmark Foundation annual Holiday Food Box project is designed to help alleviate hunger. Boxes of nutritious, shelf-stable food are delivered directly to seniors and families in need. Thousands of boxes have been delivered since the inception of the project.
Why Support the Touchmark Foundation?
The Touchmark Foundation offers a well-managed vehicle to support programs for seniors. The Foundation has national outreach to select and support students in the health professions and nurse training programs. The Foundation has a highly qualified Board of Directors with years of experience in senior issues, finance and management. Your investment in the Touchmark Foundation will be combined with the support of others to build a national program to address critical needs for the health and security of seniors.