Whom We Support

The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has made over 100 different charitable gifts since its inception. Please click on each to learn more.

Background

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada began in 1941, when Bishop Thomas K. Gorman acknowledged the need for a social service organization that would benefit Nevada. He assigned Father Thomas F. Collins as the first director of the Catholic Welfare Program, and soon the organization offered programs for the homeless and needy, family programs, adoption services, special legislation and provided services to the United Service Organization. Since its founding in 1941, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has grown alongside the needs of the people of Nevada.

Today, the Las Vegas valley population has grown to 2 million residents, and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has added and expanded programs to accommodate the needs of the community. It offers a Community Food Pantry, Women Infant and Children (WIC), tenant-based Rental Assistance, and Senior Services Medical Nutrition Therapy to better serve the community.

In Nevada, one in seven seniors struggles with food insecurity. Catholic Charities serves more than 2,100 seniors daily. One in seven people in Nevada is living in poverty. Each month, over 4,000 families come to the Catholic Charities’ pantry for additional food. 

How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged

The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation presented a multi-year grant to Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels Program as part of its pledge to improve nutrition for Nevada’s senior community. The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has supported the program since 2013.

Learn More At: CatholicCharities.com

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Background

The Adelson Campus mission is to instruct and inspire new generations of students who will draw strength from a rich Jewish heritage, use their knowledge, values and vision to fulfill their own potential, and build a better world. The campus accepts students of all faiths and affiliations and believes that students who interact with diverse students in classrooms and in the broader campus environment will be better equip to participate in heterogeneous and complex society.

The campus is built on the values associated with the Hebrew word ruach, which translates as spirit or soul. This word is integrated into each classroom, into the curriculum, and into the connections that people make with one another during each day. 

Today, the Adelson Educational Campus has grown from 145 students in 2006 to nearly 550 students. The school has over 130 alumni, over a dozen NIAA competitive athletic teams, and over 80 faculty members. 

 

How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged

Tom Spiegel serves on the Board of Directors, and the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has long supported the Adelson Educational Campus.  Since soccer is a universal sport, Spiegel underwrote the construction of a soccer field to be used and enjoyed by all who play and visit the school. 

Learn More At: AdelsonCampus.org

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Background

NuRoots is a movement that strives to connect people on a greater level, whether that be with themselves, with other people, or with the community. The movement was inspired by Jewish values, culture and heritage, and it looks to find new ways to cultivate creativity and explore spirituality.

NuRoots utilizes occasions such as one-on-one coffee dates and community events to create unique Jewish experiences in different geographic regions of Los Angeles. 

How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged 

The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Jewish Federation. NuRoots is a new community program targeting college age and young working adults and is sponsored by the Federation.

Learn More At: Nuroots.org

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for brain health provides patient care across four locations: Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Weston, Florida. At each location, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides diagnosis and ongoing treatment for patients with cognitive disorders and support services for caretakers and family members. The center advocates a patient-focused, multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of all cognitive disorders. 

The treatment programs are focused on providing excellent care and respecting the dignity of each and every patient. Collaborative research partnerships help to advance Cleveland Clinic’s groundbreaking clinical trials and offer hope for improving brain health.

How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged

The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has supported Alzheimer research at the Cleveland Clinic. The clinic conducts its clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease out of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Learn More At: ClevelandClinic.org

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Background

Since its beginning in 1965, the UCLA Kidney Transplant program has transplanted over 8,000 kidneys and has given hope to countless patients with end-stage renal disease. The program also is a leader in pancreas transplants, and the two programs work closely together to improve the outcomes in a patient’s life. 

At UCLA Kidney Transplant, outcomes for both adult kidney transplant and pediatric kidney transplant have been higher than the national average for almost 20 years in a row. UCLA Kidney Transplant offers a unique and cutting edge patient experience that involves a team approach, personalized medicine, one centralized facility and care for complex conditions. 

Through UCLA’s combination of an academic campus and a hospital, breakthroughs and clinical trials happen at a much quicker rate, and its work has expanded knowledge in the field and quality of patient care.

How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged

The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has been a longtime supporter to the UCLA Foundation and various medical research causes. Most recently, the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation provided support for the UCLA Kidney Transplant program. This grant will help to provide on-campus housing for UCLA’s postoperative kidney transplant patients, specifically those who travel long distances for care. With closer housing accommodations, patient postoperative care and recovery can be significantly improved. 

Learn More At: UCLAFoundation.org

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