Nagel Foundation group photo, Allison Corona photo.

Some past and current Nagel Scholarship recipients met with foundation board members on the Blue at Boise State (above).  Boise State is the single-largest recipient of foundation funding in the history of the Nagel Foundation.  Scholarships fund nursing and radiological program scholarships in the Health Sciences department.

The Nagel Foundation (also known as The John F. Nagel Foundation) is pleased to announce that it awarded grants to 29 different organizations in 2016.

For a complete list of grants awarded and purposes for the funds, please go to the tab 'Nagel Foundation' above and click on '2016 Grants Awarded'.

The foundation split its granting according to its mission by awarding 42% of funds for great basic needs, 17% for youth programs, 12% for nursing scholarships, 19% for medical great basic needs and 11% for educational programs.

Over the past several years, the board has moved more of its funding to organizations providing the basics of life to individuals and families who have no other means of support. The selection of grant recipients is based primarily on need.

The Nagel Foundation has awarded $17.2 million to 88 organizations for charitable purposes in southwest Idaho since its inception in 1989.  (Posted December 7, 2016)

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Notice of new foundation recognition requirement

As part of the application and grant award process, the Nagel Foundation board of directors now requires acknowledgement of its grant award from recipients.  The board requests acknowledgement through the placement of the Nagel Foundation logo on the recipients' website, and on any supporting materials that may be used with a program directly funded by the foundation.

"We believe it is important that the community recognizes the important role foundations like ours play in supporting valuable non-profit organizations in the community.  These organizations help individuals meet specific and basic needs," said board chairman Vance Miller.

"The foundation has found that our support brings a certain amount of credibility to funded organizations.  Donors trust our vetting process for funding non-profits," said Executive Director Curt Goldgrabe.  "We think there is value for organizations who show they are supported by us and aligned with our mission."  (Posted September 16, 2016)

How does the Nagel Foundation measure results?

The Mentoring Network
The Mentoring Network
Life's Kitchen
Life's Kitchen
PATHS at Bishop Kelley
PATHS at Bishop Kelley
Idaho History Day
Idaho History Day

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)


Click on a logo below to learn more about the outstanding organizations we fund.

The Nagel Foundation grants funding to organizations providing the basics of life to individuals and families who have no other means of support. The selection of grant recipients is based primarily on need.