Facts and Figures

Providing measurable information on Gift of Life, including our registry size, search activity, match rate and transplant activity is a core part of our corporate culture. We supply it on our website so it is easy to find and clearly described.
Did you know...
  • Gift of Life is accredited by the World Marrow Donor Association, the international umbrella organization that promulgates the standards that worldwide registries are expected to follow.
  • Gift of Life was the first registry in the world to utilize cheek swabs to test donors on a large scale at donor recruitment drives. It started this practice in the year 2001. Since that time, other registries, most notably the National Marrow Donor Program, have begun to recruit with cheek swabs based on Gift of Life's success.
  • Gift of Life was the first registry in the world to recruit donors online via its website, back in the year 2000.
  • Gift of Life was one of the first registries in the world to transition to the practice of fully typing donors at initial recruitment back in 2000.
  • Gift of Life is the only registry in the world founded and directed by a transplant recipient.

In 2010, 89 percent of Gift of Life's expenses were for its programs, most notably the Marrow Donor and Cord Blood Programs. These program expenses include recruitment (growing the bank of adult donors) and transplant services (donor testing, medical evaluation, case management, physical exams, stem cell harvests and follow up). Six percent of its expenses were for development activities (primarily the annual gala) and five percent were administrative services.

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  • Read how a grass roots organization founded to save one life transformed into a mission to save many!

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