Finally Wings for Life can accept donations in the United States; all the donations are tax deductible, and will be used entirely to support the research. Wings for Life is actually supported by Red Bull, compensating all accumulating overhead costs. Wings for Life was founded in 2004 by Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull’s head Dietrich Mateschitz, with the goal of linking every scientist studying spinal cord injuries.
In order to select the best projects seeking financial support from the foundation, Wings for Life currently consults a panel of experts and an advisory board which is composed of leading international neuroscientists, including professors from Harvard Medical School, McGill and Yale University.
Moreover Wings for Life, which Youthstream is cooperating with, is the only foundation conducting research aimed at prevention of spinal cord injuries.