Mudd Nick Foundation History

Jim Mudd and Doug Nicholson, friends and graduates of Oregon State University, decided to start a coed golf tournament in 1990, which they christened the Mudd Nick Invitational. A Duck dressed as a Beaver became the logo because of the numerous University of Oregon and Oregon State University alumni participating in the event.

The tournament was popular from the start and, as the years passed, the event grew in size. Lynn Mudd, Jim’s wife, saw the needs in the community and viewed having a higher purpose as essential. She suggested that the event be transformed into something that contributed to the local community, rather than simply the enjoyment of attendees. As a result of Lynn’s influence, the Mudd Nick Golf and Charity event was born in 1993. Invitees and participants began donating to support selected activities for children in the North Tillamook area.  Initially, we sponsored a month long summer art program and built a skate ramp adjacent to North County Recreation District in Nehalem, both of which are going strong today.  Over the years, donations and momentum continued to build.

In 2006, the Mudd Nick Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a board of nine directors was selected to develop a Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Objectives.  Our theme and goal became “Changing Children’s Lives Today and Tomorrow.”  The Invitational Golf Tournament evolved and in recent years has drawn approximately 80 players.

Over the last ten years, in excess of $1,000,000 has been raised to support 30 to 50 Learning Experiences annually.  We have collaborative partnerships with the superintendent of Neahkahnie School District 56 and principals of the two grade schools, one middle school and one high school. Teachers apply for grants to support specific Learning Experience activities and the Foundation’s Learning Experiences Committee selects those to fund.  Also supported are Learning Experiences that cover multiple schools, North County Recreation District, and children with special needs.  The Foundation does not support any tax funded programs or existing programs or activities.

As a way of expressing their gratitude for being able to participate in Mudd Nick Foundation-funded Learning Experiences, local school children can participate in the Junior Mudd Nick program, which provides an opportunity for them to perform community service in various forms   Mudd Nickers raise money and offer new and exciting ideas to improve the community, which develops their leadership skills and sense of community, connectedness and mutual responsibility.

The Mudd Nick Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, with only two part-time staff who liaise with school administrators and other youth leaders and coordinate Learning Experiences.  Children participate in all Learning Experiences free of charge.  See the Learning Experiences page to learn more about the activities the Foundation funds.

The passion for positively impacting the lives of children in this region is burning brighter than ever in the hearts of the Board members, staff and volunteers associated with the Foundation, and this fire will keep the Foundation moving onwards and upwards.

We thank all of our donors and volunteers for their generous and ongoing support!  When you make a donation, please remember that the Mudd Nick Foundation has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for your tax return purposes.

Please consider joining us at our annual event and golf tournament and also making a donation to the Mudd Nick Foundation on behalf of the wonderful and deserving children in our community.  Your contribution will make tangible and meaningful differences in their lives.

Mudd Nick Foundation 2015 – 2016 School Year and 2016 Summer Funded Learning Experiences Totaling $106,321

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The Programs

With approximately 3,000 opportunities for children to participate in life expanding activities The Mudd Nick Foundation focuses on developing programs and 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 programs 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

Board of Directors

  • Monica Isbell – President / Board Member
  • Bradley Mudd – Vice President / Board Member
  • John Isbell – Treasurer / Board Member
  • Sheri Atteridge – Board Member
  • Tim McCarty – Board Member
  • Joan Henderson – Board Member
  • Jim Mudd – Co-founder / Board Member
  • Doug Nicholson – Co-founder / Board Member
  • Lynn Mudd – Board Member
  • Open – Board Member
  • Owen Nicholson – Board Emeritus Member
  • Embry Savage – Board Emeritus Member

Web and Newsletter 

  • Monica Isbell – Editor in Chief
  • Bahar Espiritu – Web Designer / Database Developer