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Craig Cares Fund Selection

Fund Selection


An unrestricted gift allows the foundation to apply your contribution to the areas of greatest need in any particular year.

Patient Assistance Funds

  • General Patient Assistance helps patients with financial needs with home or vehicle modifications, caregiver assistance, rent/mortgage assistance and various types of emergency assistance. This fund also covers certain transportation costs for Craig patients and their families and interpretive services for non-English speaking patients.
  • Project EQL (Equipment for Quality Life) provides durable medical equipment (e.g., wheelchairs, lifts, shower commodes) to patients with financial need to advance their independence, safety, health and life quality.

Hospital Program Funds

  • Chaplaincy Fund supports the hospital chaplaincy, which provides spiritual and emotional support to patients and families as they cope with the life changes that come with SCI and TBI.
  • Clinical Care Management Fund supports CCMs as they assist patients and families with counseling, education, accessing benefits, team coordination, planning for home and advocacy.
  • Clinical Research Fund underwrites in-house clinical research pilot projects that are staff-driven and facilitated by the Research Department.
  • Employee Assistance Program assists Craig employees who have emergency financial needs.
  • Nurse Advice Line offers free, award-winning, phone-based care and education to people living with SCI and TBI, their family members and health care providers across the nation.
  • Nursing Education helps to support Craig’s robust nursing education classrooms and curriculum so that our Nurses are always well-trained and prepared to care for our patients.
  • Operation TBI Freedom provides case management services including crisis management, mental health referrals, classes and emergency food and housing assistance for veterans with traumatic brain injury.
  • Patient and Family Education produces education-related resources such as videos, books and pamphlets for patients and families, including Spanish-language versions.
  • Patient and Family Housing Fund assists patients and families with housing while the patient is receiving rehabilitation treatment at Craig.
  • PEAK Center helps inpatients, outpatients and community members with neurologic disabilities maximize their quality of life through knowledge and activity by means of cutting-edge adaptive fitness equipment and knowledgeable staff.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering provides customized solutions to increase patient independence and quality of life such as laptop and cell phone mounting systems and recreational equipment.

Patient Program Funds

  • Adaptive Driving Program provides driver evaluation and training as well as education on vehicle modifications and adaptive equipment for passenger transportation when driving is not an option.
  • Alternative Therapy provides two free massages to every inpatient, family massage nights and other alternative therapies as identified.
  • Community Reintegration Program helps patients return to work or pursue other vocational goals by means of work readiness assessments, job coaching and employer education.
  • Horticultural Program introduces or re-exposes patients to gardening as a setting to practice skills to achieve their individual rehabilitation goals.
  • Music Therapy uses the neuroscience of music to help individuals with SCI and TBI make clinical strides in areas ranging from breath control to regulation of attention and gait patterns.
  • The School Program helps high school students stay on track academically and retain ties with their schools, teachers and peers while they’re rehabilitating at Craig.
  • The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) provides and develops therapies to promote functional recovery and improve health and quality of life of people living with paralysis. Craig Hospital joins six cutting-edge rehabilitation centers across the nation in the network.
  • Therapeutic Recreation (T-Rec) Department uses sport, recreation and leisure opportunities to help patients meet important therapeutic goals and re-engage in life.
  • T-Rec Adventure Program engages inpatients and graduates in adventure outings (rafting, skiing, ice fishing, gliding) in settings across Colorado, the nation and even the world.

Patient/Alumni Scholarship Funds

  • Alumni Scholarship Program helps Craig graduates build bright futures by providing financial assistance to pursue educational opportunities following their rehabilitation.
  • PEAK Center Scholarships Fund provides three-month PEAK Center scholarships to individuals in the community who might not be able to afford a membership. The scholarships cover an initial personalized evaluation, orientation to equipment and general gym membership.
  • T Rec Scholarships support Craig graduates who want to participate in T Rec Adventure programs but don’t have the personal resources to pay the full costs of the trip. Scholarships are also available to help graduates with financial need purchase adaptive recreational equipment.

Donations may be made through payroll deductions, PTO donations, or one-time gifts. Access the form on the intranet or complete a donation card and drop it in a box around the hospital during Craig Cares Week.