Vision, Mission and Values

The Foundation’s primary framework for decision-making is our Vision, Mission and Values.  Our vision is a statement of what is possible, the picture of the future we want to create.  Our mission speaks to our primary purpose.  And, our values provide the lens for decision-making and define how we will achieve our mission.

Our Vision

Individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.

Our Mission

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s 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.

Our Values Honor our Founder

Our values are inspired by our Founder, Craig Neilsen, who overcame barriers during his lifetime and empowered others to do the same.  His ability to inspire those around him energize the Foundation as it strives to transform the field today and expand solutions for tomorrow.  These values are foundational to what we are and aspire to be.


We lead by example to seek out visionary ideas and improve life after spinal cord injury.


We are committed to breaking down barriers, expanding opportunities, and promoting equity to help people of every background and ability reach their potential.


We prioritize influential research conducted with rigor and transparency and transformative programs that show significant potential to benefit those affected by spinal cord injury.


We seek bold initiatives to catalyze progress and encourage innovative thinking that pushes boundaries.


We leverage collective knowledge and encourage sharing of resources and expertise to foster progress and embrace new ideas.