Foundations and Trusts
How can charitable organizations help?
There are many foundations in the United States. Some may be willing to fund assistive technology for individuals. Review the foundation directories that are available on-line, through the public library as well as the national library reference collections. Check out the annual reports from state and national foundations.
The focus of funding varies from foundation to foundation and may be general in nature or specific to a disability, education or technology. If you find a foundation of interest, send them a letter of inquiry about their funding, dates of application and how to apply.
The Barr Foundation is a non-profit organization that purchases prosthetic limbs for amputees who cannot otherwise afford them. They can pay for materials and fitting of a new prosthesis. To establish that need, the amputee and prosthetist would need to show there are no other sources of funding available. Contact: The Barr Foundation c/o Storage USA 3090 NW 2nd Ave, Ste #693 Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 391-7601 Email: Foundation@t-barr.com
The UCP-Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. Only individuals with disabilities who are represented by a UCP affiliates can participate.
Contact: Local United Cerebral Palsy Association or http://www.ucp.org
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) have resources and expertise to enhance the care and recovery of active military and veterans with paralysis and/or traumatic brain injury.
The PRC Military Outreach Campaign assists all service members and veterans with mobility impairment from a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. The PRC has two locations and an extensive website to help those living with paralysis make more informed decisions about their treatment.
The National Cristina Foundation provides computers, computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity to lead more independent and productive lives.
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project provides support to parents/caregivers and is a source of information, financial resources, used equipment exchanges, research and clinical studies, support groups, web links, etc. Funds for products and services may be available for DME items or services not covered by Medicaid or Insurance. Contact: Robert and Kristen Malfara at 3830 S. Hwy. A-1-A Suite C4, #153, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following foundations and trusts do not fund individuals but rather projects and grants.