Gift of Life Donor Program
Gift of Life Donor Program is the non-profit, federally-designated organ procurement organization, working with 128 acute care hospitals and 15 transplant centers to serve 11.3 million people in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Thanks to its compassionate community, for the past 13 years, Gift of Life has coordinated the most life-saving organs for transplant in the United States. Its annual donation rate ranks among the highest in the world. Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 52,500 life-saving organs for transplant, and approximately 1.75 million tissue transplants have resulted from the generosity of donors and their families. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people, and a tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 100 others. Be inspired by our life-saving mission here.
Since 1996, a quarter of a million people have attended the Donor Dash and its life-saving message has reached millions through media and community participation. Our largest fundraiser, all proceeds from the Dash benefit the Transplant Foundation, the charitable foundation that supports programs and activities for donor and recipient families. These include Team Philadelphia’s participation at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America and Gift of Life Family House.
The need to educate the public about the importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor is a critical and escalating public health issue. With ongoing advancements in transplantation, the need for organ donation grows. Twenty people die each day in the U.S. waiting for an organ. Currently there are more than 5,000 men, women and children in our region waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and more than 100,000 nationally. Gift of Life welcomes your partnership in helping us raise awareness of this important issue. Experience the fun and excitement of Donor Dash here.
The ability to save or enhance the quality of life for patients depends on more individuals giving consent to organ and tissue donation.
There are two easy ways to register as an organ and tissue donor:
1. Say YES when you receive or renew your driver's license or state ID.
2. Sign up online at donors1.org/register.