Make an Impact


  • Craig Hospital needs donations to maintain its excellence in helping patients to achieve the best possible outcomes. Charitable gifts are directed to general hospital activities or other specific needs at a donor’s request. Craig’s programs rely on the hundreds of individuals, families, corporations and foundations that have supported our mission over the years.

The following is a list of programs and services at Craig Hospital that are dependent on your gifts.

Redefining Return On Investment (ROI) Campaign

The Craig Hospital renovation and expansion project is estimated to cost $90 million.  The hospital is funding $40 million of the project through cash reserves and the sale of bonds and the Craig Hospital Foundation is raising $50 million through the “Redefining Return On Investment (ROI)” capital campaign, which launched publicly in April 2013 at the groundbreaking ceremony. The campaign is also raising $18 million for Programs and Unrestricted funds.  As of September 30, 2013, $33 million has been raised for the capital campaign, and $12.4 million has been raised for the program and unrestricted campaign.

New! Through the Enterprise Zone state program, certain gifts to the Capital Campaign may be eligible for a significant Colorado State tax credit.  Beginning October 1, 2013, gifts of $5,000 to $400,000 may receive a credit.  Gifts of cash receive a 25 percent credit, while gifts of stock qualify for a credit of 12.5 percent of the value of the contribution.  New gifts as well as pledge payments for the capital project will qualify, and the credits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Taxpayers must file their state income tax return electronically with the Colorado Department of Revenue and have a Colorado Account Number to receive the tax credit.  Click here for more information about the EZ program.

Personalized engraved benches and pavers are currently available for purchase. These will be installed in the new facility, and will allow donors to make a mark on our new campus while supporting Redefining ROI: the Campaign for Craig Hospital. Individual pavers start at $500 or shared pavers are available for $250. Benches start at $15,000. Flexible 12-month payment plans are available starting at just $21/month.  Visit to learn more. There are also naming opportunities for spaces in the building for gifts of $50,000 or more.  Call (303) 789-8650 for information.

Patient Assistance Funds

Over half of the patients that come to Craig annually need help to get them through their crisis. These funds help patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance to purchase adaptive equipment, remodel homes for accessibility or train caregivers. In addition to a general patient assistance fund, Craig Hospital Foundation has funds to help with specific patient needs. Two such funds are:

  • Project EQL: Equipment for Quality Life
    These funds ensure that 100% of Craig’s inpatients return to their community with the basic adaptive equipment required to lead the most independent life possible following a catastrophic injury.
  • Alumni Education Scholarships
    Each year Craig Hospital supports 45-60 of its graduates in their pursuit of higher education. Contributions to this fund provide financial assistance with tuition and books for college education. Graduates interested in applying to receive these funds may download an Adobe Acrobat version of the application and submit it between January 1 and May 31. For additional information contact Stephanic Percival at 303-789-8434 or email Awards are given each year in August for the upcoming school year.

Hospital Programs

Craig Hospital has pioneered numerous rehabilitation concepts central to the success of its graduates. The hospital needs donations to pay for innovative programming not covered by insurance companies, yet are vital to patients’ health and independence over a lifetime. Some of the programs that depend on community support include:

  • Therapeutic Recreation
    A keystone of rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation motivates patients to make the most out of rehabilitation so that they can enjoy life again and ultimately return to their lives. Staff with a broad range of expertise in adaptive sports, horticulture, cooking, crafts and more work one-on-one with patients and organize outings and activities for inpatients, families and sometimes outpatients.
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Nursing Advice Line
    Nurses at Craig Hospital have the experience to help identify potential complications before they become serious health issues. Two common health concerns are neurogenic bowel or bladder problems and skin issues, both of which can cause major health problems for people living with SCI if not caught early. In addition to answering health-related questions, callers can obtain educational resources unique for healthy living with this injury. A service of the Outpatient Nursing Department, this Award Winning program launched in 2008 to provide a dedicated nurse to answer non-emergent calls Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Patient and Family Education
    Patients and families need new knowledge, skills and confidence to go forth following a catastrophic injury. Patient & Family Education integrates a teaching philosophy into Craig’s therapy and health services so that patients and family members learn about the physical, psychological and social aspects of their injury. We know from past experience that a well informed patient is much more likely to maintain health over time.
  • Complementary Therapy and Alternative Medicine Program
    Alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture or aromatherapy can help greatly with pain management, increasing the effectiveness of rehabilitation. The Research Department, through a grant from the National Institute of Health, is studying whether these medical approaches can help Craig patients by reducing pain, sleeplessness or the use of medications. Contributions to this program fund the delivery of these services to patients who have medical approval.
  • The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital
    Providing knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art fitness equipment and wellness programs designed to optimize recovery and maintain health for people with neurological disabilities at Craig and in the community. Learn more about the The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital.


Since the mid-1970’s, Craig has been on the frontier of scientific research related to improving the lives of people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The research department is currently conducting a wide variety of ongoing studies, some of which are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Department of Defense/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. The Hospital also conducts clinical trials of new medications to improve patient outcomes.


To help ensure Craig’s future, the endowment program was established in 2004 so that funds can be permanently restricted to a special purpose or given to support general needs of the future.

In an endowment fund, the principal is invested, and only a portion of the investment earnings is spent. The rest of the earnings are directed back into the fund, so that the endowment grows over time. In this manner, the endowment becomes a perpetual source of funding for whatever the donor wishes to achieve. In 2008, the Denny O’Malley Endowment Fund was established to honor a 34-year presidency that shaped the excellence for which Craig Hospital is world-renowned for today.


Today, thousands of patients are leading better lives because of the medical care, rehabilitation services and research by Craig Hospital. General support gifts support programs in greatest need. These contributions provide the hospital with the most flexibility in addressing the particular needs of the institution each year.

This is just a sample of how you can make an impact. For more funding opportunities, contact Mary Ruffin at 303-789-8650 or