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Craig H. Neilsen Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-08-08

At A Glance

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

16830 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 352

Encino, CA United States 91436-1707

Telephone: (818) 925-1245


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $486,331,678

Total giving: $20,733,787






Established in 2002 in ID and NV The foundation's values are inspired by its founder, Craig Neilsen, who overcame barriers during his lifetime, empowered others to do the same, and created this organization to impact the field today and expand solutions for tomorrow.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's vision is to support individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities. Funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Neilsen Scholarship Program

The program aims to eliminate barriers for academic success for students with spinal cord injury. These scholarships cover tuition and fees for undergraduate or graduate studies, and provide supplemental financial support for eligible students to pursue an education in their chosen degree program. Grants are made for both undergraduate and graduate studies to a select group of colleges, universities and community colleges. Applications are accepted, by invitation only, from selected academic institutions.

Psychosocial Research

The program focuses on the interrelation of psychological and social factors that impact the quality of life of people affected by spinal cord injury. The goal is to support research that informs and improves psychosocial health outcomes. Areas of interest include aging, caregiving, employment, health behaviors and fitness, independent living, self-management and technology access. For questions regarding the Psychosocial Research program, contact Joy Guihama, Program Off.,

Quality of Life Program Grants

The program supports organizations that enhance services and develop innovative projects to improve participation and independence for people living with spinal cord injury. Areas of focus include: assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, rehabilitation, and sports and recreation. These grants support non-profit organizations that have a significant impact on the spinal cord injury community and that address gaps in service. The program includes two funding opportunities: Project Grants which are solicited via open competition and Sustainable Impact Projects, which are by invitation only. For questions regarding the QOL program, contact Jane Otto, Program Off., .

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

The goal of these one-year Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships (SCIMF) are to help increase the number of qualified physicians who are mentored and trained to practice in the field of spinal cord injury medicine. The SCIMF portfolio awards grants annually to training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Only sites in the United States with this accredited subspecialty program are eligible to apply.

Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum

The program funds projects designed to improve and advance the current treatment of acute and chronic spinal cord injury. The scope of this program is broad encompassing mechanistic, preclinical modeling, translational and/or clinical research and is intended to fill gaps in the field. For questions regarding this program contact SCIRTS Program Officers Linda Jones and Tracey Wheeler at and

Fields of Interest

  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Health
  • Spinal cord injuries and diseases
International Interests
  • Canada
Population Groups
  • People with disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $486,331,678 (market value)

Expenditures: $30,608,297

Total giving: $20,733,787

Qualifying distributions: $22,957,842