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March 15, 2019 – The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s 2018 Snapshot spotlights the commitments made by the Foundation over the course of the year.  The report includes information on our standing portfolios and highlights both grants that were awarded in 2018 as well as projects that came to a close during the year.  We hope by sharing this piece, the community is able to obtain a deeper understanding of where the Foundation’s funding focused in 2018 and the ability to find new opportunities for potential funding. 

The Foundation’s breadth and depth continues to grow as it matures and we are excited to share how our work is impacting the field.

Click here to view the 2018 Snapshot.


Dance/NYC Announces Recipients of Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program

March 26, 2019
Broadway World.com

NEW YORK, NY (Broadway World.com) – The service organization Dance/NYC and its program partners Gibney and Spaceworks are pleased to announce the recipients of the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program, made possible by the generous support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. The purpose of the residency program is to expand opportunities for dancers with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other disabilities, and to advance accessibility and inclusion within the larger dance, residency, and presenting communities. 

Museums to host Mississippi Freedom Seder on April 16

March 21, 2019
The Northside Sun

JACKSON, MS (The Northside Sun) – The Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will host the Mississippi Freedom Seder April 16, at 6 p.m in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums. Open to all, this participatory program will feature the rituals, readings, songs and ceremonial food of the Passover tradition. A dinner will follow. 

Researchers aiming to cure spina bifida get a step closer to their goal

March 7, 2019

DAVIS, CA (EurekAlert!) — Researchers on the path to finding a cure for spina bifida have identified specific elements in stem cell secretions as key to protecting neurons and ultimately reducing the lower-limb paralysis associated with the birth defect.

Neilsen Foundation Lectureship kicks off Thursday

February 18, 2019
The College of Idaho

CALDWELL, ID (The College of Idaho) – The College of Idaho will welcome two guests over the next month as part of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies. Professor Liora Halperin from the University of Washington will visit campus on February 21. Professor Shari Rabin of the College of Charleston will be in Caldwell on March 7. 

New Tools to Help Women with Physical Disabilities Make Decisions about Pregnancy

January 28, 2019
Michigan Medicine Blog

ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Medicine Blog) – Two recently awarded grants hope to help women with physical disabilities determine whether or not to become pregnant and reduce the associated stigma. Becoming a mother is often a very personal decision for a woman. 

University of Calgary studying relationships built during spinal cord injury rehab

January 27, 2019
Global News

CALGARY, ALBERTA (Global News) – The University of Calgary is conducting a new study that takes a closer look at the relationship between spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors and their caregivers. The study is financed by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta are collecting data. Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz, the lead investigator of the study, said the goal is to improve care for everyone suffering from a SCI. 


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