Gift of Life, Inc.
6405 Metcalf Ave.
Suite 109
Overland Park KS 66202


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 851-1947
Mission Statement
Gift of Life is a national model for support, awareness and success of organ, eye and tissue donation through education, mentoring and collaboration with partners and individuals in the transplant community. 
 
Gift of Life works with area schools and transplant community partners to achieve its vision: All transplant needs are met in every community served. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Diane Mayer Azorsky
Board Chair Dr. Sean Kumer M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Hospital Transplant Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Gift of Life Foundation
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Gift of Life is a national model for support, awareness and success of organ, eye and tissue donation through education, mentoring and collaboration with partners and individuals in the transplant community. 
 
Gift of Life works with area schools and transplant community partners to achieve its vision: All transplant needs are met in every community served. 
Background Statement Gift of Life was founded in 1998 by Kim and Nate Harbur, whose son received one of the first pediatric liver transplants in Kansas City. They have worked diligently to expand their message so others will have the same chance for survival. Since its founding, the organization has provided its message to approximately 120 area high schools and 29,000 high school students each year, working with over 250 volunteers from the transplant community to lead classroom programs, serve as mentors, and participate in the speakers bureau and at public events. 
Impact Statement
Gift of Life educates high school students about organ, eye and tissue donation through its Life Savers classroom program, which has reached more than 350,000 students and their families in the Greater Kansas City area since its 2004 inception. The classroom program is provided free of charge to approximately 120 schools and reaches more than 29,000 students and families annually. Life Savers is a sixty or ninety minute presentation that informs students about donation and empowers them to have a conversation with their loved ones to express their wishes. Program speakers are always transplant recipients or connected to a transplant story. Because of these powerful presentations, 45% of students follow through with a family discussion. More individuals join the state donor registry in counties with schools that have consistently participated in the Life Savers program compared to those that have not. The 2018 goal is to continue to provide presentations in 18 surrounding counties and increase the number of students and family members reached in Wyandotte, Shawnee, Douglas, Leavenworth, Sedgewick, Butler and Reno counties in Kansas and in Kansas City Missouri schools. 
 
Transplant Mentors are trained volunteers who offer encouragement and support to those waiting for a transplant, new transplant recipients and their families. Since the program began in 2009, trained Transplant Mentors have been provided to 575 patients and families from 23 states, including living donors and caregivers. Referrals to the program come from the medical transplant teams at Children's Mercy Hospital, Research Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital and The University of Kansas Hospital Transplant Center. The Transplant Mentor Program Manager currently directs 80 trained volunteer mentors. Fifty-eight of area transplant patients were mentored in 2017.
Needs Statement
  1. An additional classroom educator is needed to meet growing demand to provide Life Savers program presentations to Kansas and Missouri high school students. Kansas City has one of the highest rates of consent for organ donation in the country, and that is attributed to a large degree by the reach of the Life Savers program. Gifts of $5,000 or more will allow us to contract with a qualified classroom educator.
  2. Gift of Life distributes almost 25,000 Life Savers brochures in English and Spanish throughout the school year. These brochures are critical to facilitating the conversation about organ donation students are encouraged to have with their families. Printing costs are approximately $5,000 each year.
  3. Gift of Life is developing an on-line curriculum to be available to high schools in more rural areas of Kansas and Missouri.  The program will be interactive and will be created in a manner that will captivate the students.  The cost of developing the program and launching it on-line is approximately $20,000.
  4. On-going program costs of the Life Savers and Transplant Mentors programs exceed $185,000 a year, and enable both programs to provide services free of charge to area schools and to transplant patients. All contributions help increase awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and help transplant patients and their families achieve improved health.
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Organ & Tissue Banks
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Cass County
KS - Franklin County
MO - Lafayette
MO - Ray County
KS - Leavenworth County
Life Savers program educators and volunteers are also providing presentations in schools in Butler, Douglas, Lyon, Reno, Sedwick and Shawnee County, Kansas and in Adair and Benton County, Missouri.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Gift of Life--three profound words lived each day by the transplant recipients, donor families and members of the medical community who are the volunteers, board members, staff and collaborative partners at Gift of Life, Inc. Here, families who need help on a transplant journey can find hope; families who need help in loss can honor their loved ones; and students seeking ways to make a difference become empowered to make a choice, which may one day save a life. Our work helps steer people in need of organ, eye and tissue transplants to get and honor the gift they are receiving, and provides a way for them to give in return my mentoring other transplant patients and by building awareness of the importance of donation.
 
Gift of Life is a family--a community joined through a very unique and challenging path that celebrates life, cares for each other, confronts loss, and adapts to change. As such, we honor the memory of our long-time, beloved executive director, Keith Anderson, who resigned due to health reasons in October 2016. Through twelve years of Keith's leadership, Gift of Life grew into an organization that reaches almost 30,000 students annually.
 
Gift of Life, working hand in hand with the Midwest Transplant Network and area hospital transplant programs, has significantly contributed to the high percentage of individuals in the Greater Kansas City area who have joined state donor registries. The Kansas City area has one of the highest donor designation rates in the country. Still, there are opportunities for improvement. Gift of Life is targeting schools in Kansas City, Missouri, and in Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties in Kansas for increased outreach. The Transplant Mentors program, which has provided support to 575 patients and families from 23 states since the program's inception, is working to increase the number of transplant patients served each year in order to keep pace with the growing number of transplant surgeries occurring in Kansas City area hospitals.
 
Your contributions in support of Gift of Life provide education, awareness, support and caring to help save and honor the lives of friends, families and loved ones. Thank you!
 
Diane Mayer Azorsky
Executive Director 
Programs
Description

Life Savers is a classroom-based education program that encourages teen leadership and empowers students to educate their peers about organ, eye and tissue donation so they can share their decision with loved ones. Nearly 80% of those who decline to donate the organs of a loved one make that choice simply because the wishes of the deceased were not known. Since one donor can save eight lives through organ donation and enhance seventy-five lives through tissue donation, we find that a better informed community can make a difference to those waiting for a transplant. The classroom program is provided free of charge to approximately 120 schools and reaches more than 29,000 students and family members annually. Program speakers are always transplant recipients or connected to a transplant story. Because of these powerful presentations, 45% of students follow through with a family discussion. Goals for 2018 for the Life Savers program include increasing the number of students and families reached by 5%. 

Program Budget $155,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Organ & Tissue Procurement
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adults,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The Life Savers program does not ask a student to enroll in the state donor registry, but educates about the potential life saving impact of organ, eye and tissue donation. Following a Life Savers presentation, students are asked to have a conversation with their family about organ and tissue donation and return a survey to their classroom teacher. Survey results show that as a result of hearing the classroom presentation, 45% of students have this conversation and 71% of students decide to register in the state donor registry.  Additional program metrics include the number of students and family members reached, and the number of schools in which presentations were given. In the 2016-2017 academic year, there will be a 5% increase to 30,000 students and family members reached in more than 100 schools, and more than 625 classroom presentations given. By the end of 2018, approximately 125 total schools will be reached in Kansas and Western Missouri.
Long-Term Success Gift of Life's vision is that all transplant needs are met in all communities served. The success of this vision relies on education and awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, and on the number of individuals who have chosen to join their state's donor registry. Since 2003, the number of teenage registered donors has more than doubled to 87% in Platte County, 78% in Clay and 58% in Jackson County. In Johnson County, Kansas, where the Life Savers program originated, 72% of  all individuals with drivers licenses have joined the state donor registry (compared to a national goal of 50%). We collaborate with Midwest Transplant Network, which tracks donor designation rates and the number of donated organs and tissue. Their number of donated organs and tissue exceed the national average, which often means transplant patients in the Kansas City area have a shorter wait time for surgery than in other areas of the country. 
Program Success Monitored By Participants in the Life Savers program are asked to fill out a form which works as a family guide to a discussion for organ and tissue donation. They are then asked to return the form to their teacher, and then to Gift of Life. The return rate has increased from 18% to 45% since program inception. Summary reports for each school are completed after every school visit and collectively totaled to determine overall program impact. The number of schools and students reached in classroom presentations by county, compared to the percent of population in donor registries is also tracked, and a list of schools are identified and contacted for future Life Savers presentations. 
Examples of Program Success
The number of schools receiving Life Savers presentations grew 14% and school presentations grew 20% in the 2015-2016 school year, and an additional 10% in Fall semester of the 2016-2017 school year compared to the previous year. 
 
The national average wait for a transplant is less and the number of organs available in the Kansas City area is higher than national averages. Hospitals report that families throughout Kansas City are more familiar and willing to discuss the concepts of donation. Of the students who receive Life Savers presentations in their schools, 45% return a completed survey to indicate they have had a discussion about donation with their families, and 71% indicate that they have made a "yes" decision to join the state's donor registry. These response rates, along with the overall higher donor designation rates in counties with high schools which have consistently received Life Savers presentations compared to counties with no presentations, indicate program success.
 
Description Transplant Mentors are trained transplant recipients, family members or living donors who offer encouragement and support to those beginning a transplant journey. A Gift of Life staff member coordinates the program with volunteers assigned to each of the four area transplant centers: St. Luke's, Children's Mercy, The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center and the University of Kansas Hospital. A mentor assigned to a patient may follow their case for up to one year post-transplant, ensuring a more successful recovery. The program has reached over 1,600 individuals in 575 families since 2009. Online resources were introduced in 2015 on our website, www.giftdonor.org, when a survey revealed that only 20% of those waiting for transplant feel well enough to meet with a mentor. These online resources include videos from surgeons to help understand organ rejection, and information on mental health resources, depression and end of life directives. In 2017 we mentored 59 patients.  
Program Budget $70,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Organ & Tissue Procurement
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Kansas City is now one of the top communities in the country to be listed for a transplant with very high survival rates. We believe that Gift of Life's Transplant Mentor program and collaboration with the four local transplant hospitals play a role in that effort.  The goal for 2018 is to mentor 80 individuals, which is approximately 20% of transplant patients in Kansas City.  The Transplant Mentors Program Manager will be recruiting and training more volunteer mentors, sponsoring pre- and post-transplant learning seminars on a variety of topics and will be  meeting with each hospital's transplant center medical team to review the transplant mentor program and ensure it is meeting their needs.  

Long-Term Success Transplant recipients who receive encouragement and have a healthy role model typically have more successful recoveries and become better stewards of their new organ. Since the program began in January 2009, 575 transplant candidates/recipients and their families have received mentoring services. Our goal is to offer mentoring services pre- and post-transplant to approximately 20% of transplant patients receiving surgeries in Kansas City area hospitals. In addition, on-line transplant resources at giftdonor.org have been expanded and "Resources" have been supplemented and re-organized to provide easier navigation for patients, families and health care providers.  In 2018, Gift of Life may embark on a research project to compare compliance and recovery process between patients who had mentors versus patients who did not have mentors.  Results of that research will help inform future direction of the program.
Program Success Monitored By

The core volunteers who participated in 2014  focus groups are now members of an ongoing task force to monitor, improve and adjust the transplant mentors program. They will convene to assess discuss future plans for the program.  In addition, the Transplant Mentor Program Manager will meet with hospital transplant medical team needs to review the transplant mentor program and ensure it is meeting their needs.  Results of research project will be published and analyzed.

Examples of Program Success

We measure program success by the mentee's engagement and return to a new normal in their life following recovery from a transplant. From our surveys, we know 50% return to limited regular activity within six months post-transplant, then full-time work, travel and "their new normal" of activity within one year for a total of 75%. While medical professionals speak of a successful 90% recovery rate, it is not unusual for patients to require our encouragement and support for up to 2 years post-transplant. After two years, many mentees lose touch because we have done our job. They are ready to move on...to another city or a  new life beyond their transplant story. There are currently 100 trained transplant mentors who are available to share their story and pay it forward in some fashion.  Eight new videos were added to giftdonor.org in 2017.

CEO Comments The Life Savers program is responding to increased demand for classroom presentations and targeting schools and school districts with potential to reach more students, particularly those in counties with lower percentages of individuals who have joined the state donor registries.  These include Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Shawnee and Sedwick counties in Kansas, and Kansas City Missouri schools.  The Transplant Mentor program continues to work closely with area hospital transplant medical teams to increase the number of patients served in line with the growing number of transplants occurring in the Kansas City area.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Diane Mayer Azorsky
Term Start May 2017
Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Experience Diane Mayer Azorsky has a 23 year career as a non-profit professional.  Most recently she spent 17 years at the Jewish Community Foundation, ascending to Associate Executive Director.  Diane's expertise includes grant making, fundraising, planned giving and program design and management.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Keith Anderson Apr 2005 - Oct 2016
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education
Experience/Biography Education: BFA, Stephens College; As the Co-Founder of Gift of Life with her Husband, Nate Harbur, Kim uses her education degree and 22 years of experience as the owner of a dance studio to build awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donation. Their son recieved one of the first pediatric liver transplants in Kansas City which launched a program that now reaches 15,000 - 20,000 high school students annually.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 6
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Children's Mercy Hospital, The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center, The University of Kansas Health System Transplant Center, Saint Luke's Hospital, Donate Life Coalition of Kansas City, Saving Sight, Bone Marrow Donor Registry, Midwest Transplant Network, Missouri Governor's Organ Donor Advisory Council, Western Missouri Kidney Foundation.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Benefactor of their City's BestKC Magazine2006
34 Philly Awards; 2005-2017NPConnect - Excellence in Communications2017
Ex-Officio memberMissouri Governor's Organ Donor Advisory Committee2015
Board Member: Kim HarburUNOS-United Network of Organ Sharing2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Several Gift of Life staff members represent the transplant community. One is a liver transplant recipient, two are parents of transplant recipients and one is a donor parent. Each brings unique experiences which are shared in classroom presentations and with mentored patients.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Sean Kumer M.D.
Company Affiliation University of Kansas Hospital Transplant Center
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Michele Shanahan DeMoss Community Volunteer & Donor Mother
Sherri Doherty SPAN Construction
Jan Finn CEO, Midwest Transplant Network
Hilda Fuentes Samuel U. Rodgers Health Centers
Terry Garrison
Vicki Graft EPO Partners
Nathan C. Harbur J.D.Nathan C. Harbur, Chartered & Recipient Father
Michele Hendrickson Blue Valley Schools - Nurse
David Kling UMB
Dr. Sean Kumer M.D.University of Kansas Hospital
Dan Lowe Legacy Development
Scott Mattivi Viracor-Eurofins
Jackie Russell Community Volunteer
Erica Singley Community America Credit Union
Michael Tracy Omni Personnel
Victor Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Dan Auman Draw The Line Advertising
Mr. John Bowen John Bowen & Associates
Ms. Marshaun Butler
Mr. Frank Devocelle Olathe Medical Center
Mr. Kris Drake Plaza Morgtage
Dr. Daniel Durrie M.D.Durrie Vision
Dr. Jameson Forster M.D.
Mr. Andy Heath
Mr. David Jeter J.D.Retired
Mr. Dave Oland Kansas City Kansas School District
Ms. Margi Pence Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Ravis
Dr. Steven M. Silverstein M.D.
Ms. Rachel Pase Sosland University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Bradley A. Warady M.D.The Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Bob Watson State Farm Insurance
CEO Comments

Expectations of Board of Directors:

  • Develop and review Gift of Life’s mission and vision
  • Create and monitor the implementation of Gift of Life’s strategic plan
  • Hire and manage the Executive Director and provide oversight and support
  • Actively support staff in development efforts
  • Assure financial viability of the organization through annual budget oversight and monitoring of long-term investments 

Expectations of Individual Board Members:

  • Support the organization’s mission and programs
  • Attend and actively participate in Board meetings, committee meetings and special events
  • Make a meaningful financial commitment to Gift of Life based on personal capacity to give
  •  Unless circumstances prevent it:
  1.  Attend and/or volunteer for all fundraising and special events
  2. Invite family and friends to attend fundraising events
  3. Leverage personal and professional network to raise funds for Gift of Life
  4. Share professional expertise in the furtherance of the organization's mission, while avoiding any conflict of interest 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $510,750
Projected Expenses $514,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$250,476$229,840$210,969
Administration Expense$16,955$15,527$13,929
Fundraising Expense$14,362$13,776$12,811
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.111.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$224,792$242,249$205,427
Current Assets$213,425$228,921$203,039
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,684$9,994$1,650
Total Net Assets$216,108$232,255$203,777
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.5822.91123.05
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $25,000 --Individual $21,110
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $25,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMidwest Transplant Network $12,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Gift of Life, Inc.
Address 6405 Metcalf Ave.
Suite 109
Overland Park, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 851-1947
Contact Email giftdonor@giftdonor.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Diane Mayer Azorsky
Board Chair Dr. Sean Kumer M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Hospital Transplant Center
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Gift of Life Foundation