About Our Organization
Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organization serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is responsible for recovering and allocating organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants. Founded in 1974 by the Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons, Gift of Life is one of the oldest and largest of the 58 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States.
Since its founding, Gift of Life has coordinated over 42,000 life-saving organ transplants. In addition, Gift of Life coordinates life-enhancing tissue transplants for area residents who are in need of corneas for sight-restoring procedures, as well as tissue and bone to repair injuries. Last year, Gift of Life Donor Program coordinated 1,412 life-saving organ transplants from 540 organ donors. In 2016, 107 Delaware residents received a life-saving organ transplant. However, there is still work to be done. Currently, more than 118,000 people nationally, including nearly 500 Delawareans, are awaiting life-saving organ transplants.
Gift of Life also serves as an educational resource and advocate for organ and tissue donation awareness not only in our region, but throughout the world. The organization has more than 400 active volunteers who work with dedicated staff, performing outreach at schools, colleges, houses of worship and to community groups.
Sign up to be an organ donor today! Visit www.donors1.org for more information.