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The Robert Nelson Foundation’s response to COVID-19

The board of directors of The Robert Nelson Foundation is committed to honoring the legacy of Mr. Nelson by supporting specific organizations that are on the front lines in the current battle against the pandemic we are all facing: Research and Development towards a vaccine and testing (Mayo Clinic), Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare professionals (UCLA Health) and assisting with the homeless population during this very challenging time (LA Mission and Union Rescue Mission). Please see the individual announcements below to learn about how each organization is responding to this situation.

Robert (Bob) Nelson was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. As part of the first series of grants that the foundation has provided, there was a specific focus of doing some special things in Mr. Nelson’s honor in his hometown. Our second round of grants will be focused on special causes in the Los Angeles area that honor and emulate Bob’s character and giving. The grants that are displayed here are part of that effort as well as an ongoing pursuit of honoring Mr. Nelson’s desire to help young people enter the field of media/ broadcasting. 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 these results as time moves forward.

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.

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...

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UCLA Health

UCLA Health

UCLA Health The Robert Nelson Foundation has given a $5,000 gift to UCLA Health to assist with the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment for the staff during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. Mr. Nelson had a special connection with UCLA Health and the foundation is...

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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 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...

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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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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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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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