February 8, 2018 (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA): Dr. Patrick Albert Palmieri, President of the Asociación Peruana de Enfermería (Peruvian Nurses Association) and the Margaret Jean Watson Distinguished Professor, Universidad Norbert Wiener, was elected to lead the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Nursing, part of the prestigios Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Sigma is the second-largest nursing organization in the world with approximately 150,000 active members. For the biennium of 2018 to 2020, Dr. Palmieri will lead a board of nine directors responsible for the financial stewardship of the Foundation.
The Foundation board members (appointed by the Sigma president and the officers elected by the board members) and Foundation staff members cultivate and support the corporate, foundation. and individual donor relationships in collaboration with appropriate Sigma staff and volunteer leaders. The Foundation actively raises funds through a variety of mechanisms such as donations, including planned giving and estate planning, and corporate sponsorship to support a diverse portfolio of programs and projects. In addition, the Foundation is a conscientious steward of general and designated funds through financial oversight. Each year, the Foundation expends about 5% of the investment income based on a three-year rolling average to support leadership education grants, membership subsidies, research grants and Sigma’s emerging global programs. The permanent funds increase in value through a combination of donations and investment return. The Sigma Foundation for Nursing, as a separate 501c3 public charity, supports Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) as the primary fundraiser for Sigma.
BOARD MEMBERS: Officers - Dr. Patrick Palmieri (Chair); Dr. Enna E. Trevathan (Secretary); and Donna Hill Howes (Treasurer). Directors - Jerico G. Alicante, Gloria Chan, Billie K. Dragoo, Dr. Nancy Ridenour, Dr. Linda Streit, and Benson C. Wright. Ex officio members - Dr. Elizabeth Madigan (Sigma CEO) and Lynn Lambuth (Foundation CEO).