Through Off the Chart, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation collaborates with diverse health systems in the Los Angeles area to recognize and reward nursing greatness throughout their organizations. Off the Chart is a no-strings-attached $10,000 gift in appreciation of extraordinary nurses for their leadership, ingenuity, and expertise in caring for their fellow humans and future generations.

Off the Chart recipients embody:

  • a bias towards action
  • a capacity for self-direction
  • originality and creative instincts
  • courageous and bold thinking
  • and the potential to achieve even more.

Desired Impact

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation is recognizing and investing in extraordinary nurses at a time when the nursing workforce crisis grows in urgency and significance on a global and national scale, with more than a third of nurses considering leaving the profession.  Nurses are the backbone of our nation’s health, and when there is a shortage of nursing care, there are grave consequences: we are all less safe; screening, diagnosis and treatment are delayed; care costs more; the workload for each nurse increases; and care feels less caring.

Off the Chart: Rewarding Nursing Greatness seeks to broaden the public’s understanding of the essential and expansive role nurses have across all healthcare settings, in order to catalyze urgent action to help reverse the alarming trend of nurse departures.

We invite others – in particular our fellow philanthropists – to read the remarkable stories of the Off the Chart recipients and consider how they too can support the health and well-being of our communities by investing in nurses and nursing.

For more information on the nursing workforce crisis, please see:

Off the Chart is truly providing a wonderful opportunity to honor and uplift these bright and essential healthcare professionals as they forge their paths and excel in their nursing careers.”

Steven T. Rosen, MD, Provost and Chief Scientific Officer, City of Hope

Meet the 2024 Recipients

Announcement May 1, 2024