Summer is camp season at the Nagel Foundation
Above, MDA camp is held annually at Quaker Hill camp in McCall.
At right, Camp Red Sunrise is hosted by Sawtooth Camp north of Fairfield for people with hemophilia, a blood disorder. Camps funded by the foundation focus on training and education for those with health issues.
Camp Hodia is a diabetes education camp for kids of all ages, held near Alturas Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains south of Stanley.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
How does the Nagel Foundation measure results?
How does one measure heart? The impact of a smile? The number of emotions expressed when something has been done for no other reason than to do the right thing and help somebody?
The foundation business is not an easy one when it comes to measuring results. We like to think that our board does a pretty good job of analyzing the things that correspond to traditional business measurables, like tracking our investment returns, being mindful of our tax liabilities, and looking for red flags while researching grant application tax returns and financials.
There are certainly measurables that apply to organizations we fund, like the cost per person of those receiving benefits of the funding we provide, or watching an organization’s expenditures to see if they fall under standard expected administrative cost guidelines.
In 2016, the Nagel Foundation had the privilege of awarding funds for 35 different organizational projects. We estimate that almost 196,000 people benefited from those funds, and yes, some of the results are easy to quantify. Through some of our application and follow up questions, we know how many people benefited from our grant awards and what the costs were on a per-person basis.
We know how many nursing and radiological program scholarships we awarded at Boise State, and how many kids with special medical needs attended camp. We know how many people were sheltered and fed by the Boise Rescue Mission, Interfaith Sanctuary, Good Samaritan Home, and the Woman’s and Children’s Alliance. We know how many people whose hunger was satisfied by visiting the Meridian Food Bank, Oasis Food Center and by the food pantries at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. We could even tell you how many kids we helped give new clothes to through the Assistance League of Boise Operation School Bell and Salvation Army’s Dress A Child programs.
But how can one quantify how many smiles were generated and how many hearts were touched? How meaningful were the gestures of the many volunteers that made these organizations roar to life and bring that personal touch to each intended recipient? Who can say for sure which special words were uttered at just the right time to prevent someone from doing something they would forever regret? Or how many lives were changed by counsellors, case workers and others who cared enough to turn lives around and get people back on their own two feet so they could live independently again?
Does funding an athletics program at the Boys and Girls Club help kids develop friendships, understand the rules for competition, provide an emotional and physical outlet and teach teamwork and good sportsmanship? We think so. And we think those desirable human traits can be easily transferred to future situations in their lives. How much is that worth?
Does funding educational programs at the Warhawk Air Museum and sponsoring the Idaho History Day competition train our young people about American ideals, citizenship and personal sacrifice for the common good? We think so. And we think those desirable American traits can be easily taught to future generations. How much is that worth?
Our society commonly accepts the fact that there is always a cost, be it personal, financial or both, to educate, train, and give a hand up to those in our community who need it. Is that cost always measureable? Hardly! But it is our fervent hope at the Nagel Foundation that we never lose sight of our mission to help people with great basic needs, and to stimulate others to help people when and where they are able to do so. (Posted December 22, 2016)
2016 NAGEL FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENTS
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