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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Health

Mission: To improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County.

Results: Much of our efforts this year has been to maintain the programs and services we currently provide for our survivors. This includes our monthly supports group meetings, our helpline and newsletter.

Target demographics: Primarily survivors of all ages, their a families and caregivers of San Diego County. Our website, however, allows us to reach the brain-injury community throughout the country.

Geographic areas served: the brain injury community of San Diego

Programs: Helpline, monthly support group meetings, newsletter, hospital outreach program, speakers bureau

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Heike K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation serves the brain injury community in many exemplary ways through its survivor-focused activities, such as Art Day, First Friday at Liberty Station (to highlight survivor artists), and excellent monthly educational guest speakers. SDBIF also brings survivors, families and professionals together in great events such as the annual Survive Headstrong Walk, the Golf Tournament, and the Friendraiser featuring music, art, food, wine, and crafts produced by survivors. I am proud to be a Board Member of this wonderful organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In my three years on the Board, I never cease to be amazed at the dedication of those who volunteer and run the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. The focus is always on improving education, advocacy, and support for our brain injury community. The SDBIF is intimately connected with local agencies, caregivers, and the survivors themselves and offers a wealth of resources and events to reduce the sense of isolation and confusion that often accompanies brain injury. I am happy to be a part of these efforts!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I hold brain injury survivors close to my heart, as I have had many concussions. I feel like I can relate to them on a very very small scale. Since I had frustration with my personal experience, my heart goes out to those that deal with it on a daily basis and to their loved ones. My experience with the SDBIF started out participating in their events. I loved the staff, volunteers and of course the survivors. Me participating in the events quickly led to volunteering and now I am proud to say that this is the first organization that I have been asked to serve on the Board. I am now a Board Member. I couldn't imagine belonging to a better organization. The day to day help and assistance that they give to survivors and families is heart warming. The organization genuinely cares about improving the life of survivors, increasing social interaction, and serves as an outlet of unlimited resources for anyone in need. I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization and I encourage anyone interested to get involved or use the resources available. Thank you SDBIF for your hard work and all you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was impressed that SDBIF was staffed primarily by volunteers-survivors, family members, professionals in the field and others interested in supporting the quality of life of survivors. In joining this band of 'go getters', I found tireless efforts to raise funds, identify need, educate and reach out to other organizations to strengthen the network of support for the disabled. I am proud to be a part of SDBIF.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the SDBIF for about 12 years now, and have served as past president. I have had a TBI myself, and got into wanting to help the brain-injured and their families when I saw what brain surgery did to my brother-in-law and his family. Every aspect of one's life is affected by a BI, and it takes a lot of different types of help and interventions, and a lot of love, patience and understanding to help heal the individual and their loved ones. The people I have worked with, who are also passionate about improving the quality of life for this population, are some of the finest people I have ever encountered. The board members alone donate over 1.000 hrs. each year. Other survivors and friends put in many other hundreds of hours to reach out, educate, refer, and provide needed services where we are able. Every penny goes towards our mission, and people see our results, and want to come alongside and help, and most also donate to the cause. What a group!

Board Member

Rating: 5

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation has been serving as a resource and support system for children, adolescents and adults with brain injury in the San Diego community for over 30 years. The Officers and Board Members are committed to making sure that every individual with a brain injury and their family have access to the support and assistance that they need and desire. It a a community of love, care, and dedication. San Diego is fortunate to have such an organization and I am blessed to be part of this community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I survived a brain injury in 2003. I wish I would have known about this foundation. As a graduate intern, I have been fortunate to learn all that SDBIF does. The support they have provided so many people is amazing. I was asked to be a board member in June. I love the support they provide to the family members and the social support they give to the survivors. I have learned so much about myself working with the SDBIF.
Heather Berner

Nicole40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Sdbif! I get to work with survivors who are beyond inspirational :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I heard about San Diego Brain Injury Foundation while in a vocational rehabilitation master's program, and I am so glad I did. I started as a volunteer, and transitioned into a role as an intern and now as a board member. It is one of the few organizations out there that has survivors of brain injuries that have vital roles and responsibilities laced through every layer of its infrastructure. It empowers survivors to lead support groups, and meetings, as well as large community events. I have never seen so many people that were so inspiring, motivated and positive. SDBIF allows survivors to give and receive support to and from one another. Survivors are encouraged here to set any goal, and teammates collaborate with them to make a plan to achieve those goals. I grew up with family members who had brain injuries as children and later in life as adults. If an organization like this was in their local communities, things could have played out differently. Also, from a non-survivor perspective, I've had the opportunity to create employment and educational plans with survivors, and really work with them as teammates to help them reach their goals. No other organization in the area provides this level of interaction between board members, survivors, family members, and interns as a whole. Being a part of the SDBIF has changed my life and will do so for years to come. I am forever in debt for this great opportunity to grow, learn, and be inspired by people who have overcome obstacles that seemed impossible at times.

Board Member

Rating: 5

About the time I was to finish High School my mother began to experience a change. In the begining, the symptoms were slight and benign. Interests she had never previously expressed began to consume her everyday life. For example, she began running daily. First one mile, then five, then up to ten miles a day. Initially this appeared to be within the bounds of normal and even beneficial. But then the doctors appointments started. Her cholesterol and blood pressure were off the charts. This from a person in prime physical condition? Soon afterwards the mental confusion began. She started to have difficulty remembering small things and then this escalated to a level which impacted not only her career but her family life as well. After nearly a year of bouncing from one doctor to another she was diagnosed with a nonmalignant brain tumor. Surgery was scheduled within the week and she was told that the tumor had been growing for the past 7 years.

Fortunately for my mother and our family she made a full recovery. Nonetheless the following months were very difficult for her. Her medical care was outstanding but there were no organizations in the area that offered support like the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. She had no opportunity to attend support groups, no outlet for the fear and concern she had revolving her brain tumor. An opportunity like this would have allowed her to meet other people who had survived and moved on from this kind of experience. Unfortunately, we had to manage without such a resource following her diagnosis.

Years later, I moved to San Diego. I learned about SDBIF from a friend who was going to be a guest speaker. I attended a support group, introduced myself and began volunteering as a guest speaker on legal issues surrounding brain injury. In time I became more involved with the organization and I currently sit on the board of directors. I have felt the personal impact that brain injury can have on a family and I have seen first had how SDBIF has provided support to the brain injured community of San Diego. They provide a service that no hospital offers with a personal touch that can be extended only by those who have first had experience with brain injury. SDBIF is a great asset to this community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe the foundation has not only provided support for survivors, their families, and the community, through support groups and fund raising events that keep the foundation helping those who are dealing with such pivotal moment in their life when traumatic brain injury strikes. The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation brings hope to those on the journey to recovery and demonstrates that there’s a ray of hope as survivors, family members, and friends travel the journey to recovery. I’m proud to serve as a board member and help the foundation provide a ray of hope one survivor at a time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Almost 11 years ago my son was in a near fatal auto accident, he survived with having a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I became involved with the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation before my son was released from the hospital by attending their Saturday support meetings. I found that I was not alone. When James came home from the hospital 10 months post coma and 15 months after his accident I began attending the meetings with him. I became a board member because I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of so many who have a family member with a brain injury. This organization helps give support and resources to families to help them cope with their newly changed lives and everyday living. From this organization I formed my own non-profit to work alongside and help get the word out about Traumatic Brain Injuries.