ThinkFirst Northern Nevada

Promoting Safety and Reducing the Risk for Injury through Education

Helmets given away to date
Students we’ve reached with our presentations

Thank you for your interest in ThinkFirst Northern Nevada.

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1000 to $10,000.

As of September 2018, our current funding priorities are:

Continuing to provide high quality injury prevention to local high school students in Washoe County. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury, and between 12,000 and 20,000 sustain a spinal cord injury. ThinkFirst utilizes award-winning, evidence-based programming to help our most vulnerable age-group (age 15-24) learn to reduce their risk for life-altering injury. Our school-based educational programs inform local high school students of their personal vulnerability and the importance of making safe choices.

We provide an impactful presentation that illustrates the most frequent causes of TBI and SCI: motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, and sports. Working directly with Health teachers across the district, these school-based educational programs are an asset to local high schools, reaching over 3,000 students per year. To present this important educational program in one classroom costs $100 (average class size is 30).

Our program is offered to an average of 10 classes per high school per year.  $1000 would support this program at one local high school for one school year. Your contribution might mean one child will Think First this weekend.

Your contribution could save a life.

ThinkFirst Northern Nevada

Call Kathy O’Sullivan, Chapter Director, at (775) 583-5658 to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities.
To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Lauren Renda or Lyndsey Crossley at (775) 333-5499 or go to

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Facts


Each year an estimated 500,000 persons sustain permanent brain and spinal cord injuries in the United States.


Correct use of an approved helmet is the best way to protect your head and brain from sports related injuries.


Approximately half of patients with a severe head injury will need surgery to remove or repair brain bleeding or bruising.