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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

The Robert Nelson Foundation has given a $10,000 gift to the Mayo Clinic to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. The Mayo Clinic is synonymous with excellence. This gift supports the foundation’s desire to promote excellence, caring, and proactive assistance to honor Mr. Nelson’s life.
COVID-19 Research Fund – COVID-19 and Related Viruses Targeted Research, Vaccine Development and Gene Therapies.

This research fund supports Mayo researchers in infectious diseases who are making significant progress to address the newly emerging pathogens for COVID-19 and related viruses. As one example, Mayo experts are developing a vaccine using existing vaccine platforms, as well as gene therapy, that have been successfully applied against influenza, HIV, Ebola, Zika and Clostridium difficile. Research in emerging pathogens also lays the foundation for standard operating processes to address future pandemics.

COVID-19 Clinical Fund – Testing Capability and Availability/Overall COVID-19 Response

Benefactor gifts will support ­­­­­­­­­Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 testing capacity as well as expedite processing and response time.  Gifts will support plans to offer COVID-19 testing beyond Mayo Clinic in an effort to help patients everywhere get the best care possible.

Mayo Clinic, Amazon, others launch collaboration to increase COVID-19 testing, vaccine development

Los Angeles Mission

Los Angeles Mission

Los Angeles Mission

The Robert Nelson Foundation has chosen to continue Mr. Nelson’s giving to the homeless and those in need in the Los Angeles area by giving a gift of $10,000 to the Los Angeles Mission. This gift is reflective of Mr. Nelson’s caring and generous spirit for those in need and the foundation is proud to continue that legacy.

Learn about the work of the Los Angeles Mission

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Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission

Robert Nelson was a kind and caring man. This was evidenced by his giving to the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. The mission’s focus is to provide care, shelter, and guidance to the homeless in Los Angeles. The foundation wanted to continue the legacy of giving from Mr. Nelson to the Union Rescue Mission and recently donated $15,000.00 in his name. *Please see the links that tell of the wonderful work that the Union Rescue Mission is doing to help the homeless in Los Angeles.

Learn about the work of the Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA

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Best Buddies

Best Buddies

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is an organization that was started by the Kennedy family over 30 years ago. The goal and purpose of Best Buddies is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop one on one friendships, participate in integrated employment, promote independence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Best Buddies has a national presence and has recently looked to open a Michigan chapter to assist in the development of expanding their programming across the state. The Robert Nelson Foundation’s gift of $10,000.00 is focused towards assisting the development of programming in Michigan schools and communities to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.

Best Buddies Michigan is honored to be amongst your initial group of grantees, and are deeply grateful for your investment in helping us to make the state of Michigan a much more inclusive place to live and work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Thank you for supporting our mission and vision.

Lindsay Clark

Director of Development, Best Buddies Michigan

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Child Life Program

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Child Life Program

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Child Life Program

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the country. One of the programming components of the hospital is to assist each patient during their stay by easing some of the psychological and social adjustments of a long hospital stay. Using the tools of music, art, humor, special events and visitors, and fun, the staff of the child life program specifically focuses on providing comfort in multiple ways to children who are often very, very, sick. Another challenge that school age children face when facing a long hospital stay is keeping up with schoolwork. The hospital has a teacher on staff who helps to coordinate with the home district to keep the student/patient up to speed as much as possible during this challenging time. The child life program at the hospital is supported specifically via philanthropic donations. The Robert Nelson Foundation is honored to have provided a gift of $10,000.00 to help support these special children and the staff that take care of them each day.

Our Child Life Specialists turn fear into fun through positive play. When a child comes to HDVCH, it can be scary and confusing. Philanthropy gives our Child Life team the ability to provide quality psychosocial support to many children—through preparation, education, support and distraction, our child life specialists are an essential part of the care provided. Each day this team is able to impact the lives of 200 patients on average, both inpatient and outpatient.

Vicki Weaver

President, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

The Robert Nelson Disability Support Center

The Robert Nelson Disability Support Center

The Robert Nelson Disability Support Center

Robert Nelson was a man of kindness and compassion and had a special place in his heart for the disabled population. In honor of his desire to help the disabled population, the Robert Nelson Foundation has granted $25,000.00 to the City of Grandville, MI to create a Disability Support Center in the local library in honor of Mr. Nelson. The center will consist of resources and materials to assist people looking for help in facing the challenges of a disability or life changing event. Hard copy materials, digital resources, and inspirational material will be a part of the collection with the goal to guide and lead people to the help and resources they need. A goal of the center will also to be a place of collaboration for local agencies and organizations that assist the disabled by providing a place to meet and discuss further ways to help the community. The foundation is honored to put Mr. Nelson’s name on such a special project and looks forward to see the development of this project as it moves forward.

I fully support the establishment of a first-of-its-kind resource center housed in our public library facility targeting the unique needs of those persons and families in the community facing disability challenges. …  This investment will allow us to fully serve and support such a Center and to provide the environment for it to grow, prosper and serve as a model for other libraries.

Steve Maas

Mayor, City of Grandville