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The Robert Nelson Foundation’s response to COVID-19

The board of directors of The Robert Nelson Foundation has been committed to assisting organizations that have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending support during these challenging times would be something that Mr. Nelson would want implemented. The foundation has been honored to continue Mr. Nelson’s legacy by helping great organizations continue to make an impact in their communities during such difficult times.

The Robert Nelson Foundation is committed to honoring Mr. Nelson by funding projects that emulate the outstanding characteristics that he demonstrated throughout his life. The foundation looks forward to continued growth and development in its giving and looks forward to sharing the news of the gifts given to honor Mr. Nelson’s legacy.

The Robert Nelson Foundation is not currently accepting open grant applications. The foundation is currently working to establish initial projects that will honor Mr. Nelson. As the foundation grows and develops, the board will continually explore and examine giving options to best fit the vision of Mr. Nelson and the foundation.

Project Ride

Project Ride

The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to partner with Project R.I.D.E.. Project R.I.D.E. Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution that provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to people with special needs in the greater Sacramento, CA region. Mr....

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The Music Center

The Music Center

The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts education and free and low-cost arts engagement experiences. The Robert Nelson Foundation has chosen to support a special...

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Children’s Law Center of California

Children’s Law Center of California

Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides legal representation for tens of thousands of children impacted by abuse and neglect. We provide an unparalleled level of expertise in and out of the courtroom. Our highly...

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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...

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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 $75,000.00 to the City of Grandville, MI to create a...

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Dixie Fire Relief Fund

Dixie Fire Relief Fund

Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center (PCIRC) is a non-profit organization providing services to those in need in Plumas County, CA for over 38 years. The Dixie Fire Relief Fund has been established to support an array of emergency services to meet the...

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Paws with a Cause

Paws with a Cause

For over 40 years, PAWS has transformed lives by providing Assistance Dogs to people living with disabilities. A custom-trained PAWS dogs means independence, confidence, companionship, dignity, and freedom for our clients. A PAWS dog has helped open a world of new...

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Camp Okizu

Camp Okizu

Camp Okizu is a peer support program for children with cancer and their families. The mission is to help all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal through peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs. Now in it’s 40th year, Okizu...

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UCLA Mattel Childrens Hospital Chase Child Life Program

UCLA Mattel Childrens Hospital Chase Child Life Program

The Robert Nelson Foundation was honored to provide a $10,000.00 gift to the UCLA Mattel Childrens Hospital Chase Child Life Program in July of 2021. On behalf of the foundation, and Mr. Nelson’s legacy, thank you for the amazing work that you all do for patients and...

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Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California

The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to partner with the Special Olympics of  Southern California in support of the Unified Schools Program with a gift of $10,000. The foundation is honored to further Mr. Nelson’s legacy by giving to such a wonderful program.

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Beyond 26

Beyond 26

Beyond 26 is an organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential within the West Michigan community. The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to assist Beyond 26 with a gift of $20,000 to continue to expand its...

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Safe Haven Ministries

Safe Haven Ministries

The Robert Nelson Foundation recently gave a gift of $10,000 to Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids, MI. The mission of Safe Haven is to provide emergency shelter, non-residential services, and prevention and education to help those suffering from domestic abuse.We...

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Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

The Robert Nelson Foundation has recently given a gift of $10,000 and honored to support Project SEARCH of Los Angeles. PathPoint’s Project SEARCH job training program for young adults with developmental disabilities has grown to 11 sites throughout Central and...

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Family Promise of Grand Rapids

Family Promise of Grand Rapids

The Robert Nelson Foundation recently contributed a gift of $10,000.00 to Family Promise. The mission of Family Promise of Grand Rapids is to end homelessness, one family at a time, by engaging faith-based and community organizations to provide emergency shelter and...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids with a gift of $30,000.00 towards the goal of improving literacy in the lives of the young people who access services via the Boys and Girls Club. The donation will help to...

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Happy Trails for Kids

Happy Trails for Kids

The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to support the Happy Trails for Kids organization. The Happy Trails for Kids mission is to exclusively serve children in foster care, ages 7 and older, by creating opportunities for hundreds of boys and girls growing up in foster...

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The Guiding Light Mission

The Guiding Light Mission

The Guiding Light Mission was founded in 1929 to  help  the homeless and less fortunate in Grand Rapids, MI.  The Covid-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges to Guiding Light to continue in their efforts to provide services in a safe manner.   The Robert Nelson...

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Minority AIDS Project

Minority AIDS Project

The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to have partnered with the Minority Aids Project of Los Angeles with a gift of $15,000 to be used for the extraordinary needs associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic.  The Minority AIDS Project (MAP) is a nonprofit organization,...

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UCLA Health

UCLA Health

The Robert Nelson Foundation has given a total of $40,000 to UCLA Health to assist with the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and support for the staff during the COVID-19 crisis.  The pandemic has presented unique challenges that our health care workers...

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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...

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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. The foundation has given grants totaling $60,000 to the Los Angeles Mission in Mr. Nelson’s name. This gift is reflective of Mr. Nelson’s...

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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....

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Artists Creating Together (A.C.T)

Artists Creating Together (A.C.T)

Artists Creating Together is an organization in Grand Rapids, MI that focuses on integrating the arts as a means to help people face the challenges of living with a disability. Using a multifaceted approach that combines art, music, dance, and theatre, the...

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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...

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