"It is a privilege to guide
Gift of Hope on our lifesaving mission. Join us in offering
hope and life to others as a
Kevin Cmunt, Gift of Hope President/CEO
"Because of my donor, I now have a future with my husband and my cherished daughter, Chloe, whom we named after my selfless donor to honor her legacy."
Melissa Simon, Heart Recipient and Donation Advocate
"My brother gave the gift of life to others through donation. Now I give to others to honor his gift."
Sandra Noriega, Donor Family Member and Volunteer
"I strive to make a difference in the people's lives by supporting the faith-based decision to donate life through donation."
Father Claudio Diaz, Catholic Priest and Donation Advocate
"Our grassroots efforts help to increase donation rates in the African-American community."
LouEster Petty, Donation Advocate and AATF President
Our mission is simple: to save and enhance the lives of as
many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.
New Connections Tells Story of Donor Quilt
Our latest Connections newsletter tells the story of our Donor Quilt project and the people who help donor family members honor their loved ones by producing Memorial Squares. This issue also recaps the fun-filled day a donor family had at a summer NASCAR event, shares the story of young man promoting donation to earn his Eagle Scout rank, and shines the spotlight on Faces of Hope award winners recognized for their work in Hispanic communities. We invite you to read and share our award-winning community newsletter.
Broaden Horizons at World Religions Seminars
Gift of Hope's Learning Institute is offering To See, To Be, To Do: Primary Perspectives of World Religions, a program to enhance your understanding of religious worldviews on many issues, including those associated with end-of-life decisions. Participants will gain a much-improved grasp of diverse religious outlooks, a way to compare traditions, a solid understanding of commonalities and differences that exist among select world religions, and a foothold on how the world's major religions view end-of-life practices.
1Q14 Hospital Performance Data Now Available
We are now posting donation activity data for donor hospitals so you can monitor your performance on four key metrics and see how you compare with other hospitals. The data show rankings by organ donors, donation conversion rate, authorization rate and timely notification rate. Our latest data posting shows hospital performance through the first quarter of 2014. Additional updates will be posted quarterly throughout the year. We encourage you to review the reports with your Gift of Hope Donation Coordinator.
Donation Video Simplifies Complex Process
The Health Resources and Services Administration has produced a new video that describes the donation and transplantation processes in a simple, easily understandable way. Organ Donation and Transplantation: How Does It Work? explains the transplant waiting list, how someone becomes a donor, the process of matching organs and how to sign up to share the gift of life. We encourage you to view the video, share it via social media or e-mail or download it for use as part of a public presentation, class or in-service training.
We Invite You to Read 30 Stories in 30 Days
As part of our 2014 National Donate Life Month celebration and observance, we shared a donation story a day throughout April as part of our month-long 30 Stories in 30 Days Campaign. These moving stories feature donor families, transplant recipients, living donors and other Advocates for Hope volunteers who have been touched by the lifesaving gifts provided through organ and tissue donation. We invite you to visit the Gift of Hope Blog to read these touching stories of hope and life and share them with friends and family.
Record Performance for Gift of Hope in 2013
We provided a record 919 lifesaving organs for transplant in 2013 through the generous decisions of 323 donors and their families. In addition, 1,487 donors and their families authorized the donation of tissue for transplant. These achievements underscore the dedication of our healthcare partners in our joint efforts to honor the donation decision and bring lifesaving transplants to people in need. But none of this would have been possible without the selfless decisions made by individuals and families to offer hope to others through donation.