Gift of Life, Inc.
6405 Metcalf Ave.
Suite 109
Overland Park KS 66202
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 851-1947
Fax 913- 814-7857
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. Janet Ferree Burton
Board Chair David Kling
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Gift of Life Foundation
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
To contribute by phone, please call 913-851-1947. To donate online, visit www.giftdonor.org/participate/become-a-supporter/.  Please call to receive instructions for making a stock gift. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact the office directly at the number above. 
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 115 area high schools and more than 30,000 high school students and families each year, working with over 150 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 115 schools and reaches more than 30,000 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  loved ones to express their wishes. Program speakers are always transplant recipients or connected to a transplant story. Because of these powerful presentations, 44% 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 goal for 2018-2019 is to continue to provide presentations in 18 surrounding counties and increase the number of students and family members reached. 
 
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 650 patients and families from 26 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. Seventy-two area transplant patients were mentored in 2018, an increase of 22% over the previous year.  
Needs Statement
  1. Gift of Life increased education staffing in 2018. Funding for classroom educators is needed to provide Life Savers program presentations to a growing number of Kansas and Missouri high school students.  Kansas City has one of the highest rates of consent for organ donation in the country, attributed to a large degree by the reach of the Life Savers program. 
  2. Almost 25,000 Life Savers brochures in English and Spanish are distributed 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. Learn Life Savers, an online curriculum launching in 2019, is being developed for high schools in more rural areas of Kansas and Missouri.  The program will be interactive and created to captivate students.  The first year cost of developing and launching the program is approximately $85,000.
  4. 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 build 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
Geographic Area Served Narrative 85% of high schools participating in the Life Savers program, and of high school students reached, are within Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri and Jackson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
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 by 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 650 patients and families from 26 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!
 
Janet Burton
Interim Executive Director 
Programs
Description

Life Savers is a classroom-based education program that encourages teen leadership and empowers students to educate 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 75 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 115 schools and reaches more than 30,000 students and family members annually. Program speakers are always transplant recipients or connected to a transplant story. Because of these powerful presentations, 44% of students follow through with a family discussion. Goals for the 2019 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, 42% of students have this conversation and 69% 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 2018-2019 academic year, approximately 30,000 students and family members will be reached in 115 schools.
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 44% 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 high schools receiving Life Savers presentations grew 7.5%  in the 2017-2018 school year compared to the previous year, and an additional 10% in Fall Semester 2018 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, 44% return a completed survey to indicate they have had a discussion about donation with their families, and 69% 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 Health System, Children's Mercy, Research Medical Center and the University of Kansas Health System. 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 625 transplant patients and families since 2009. Online resources were launched in 2015 and expanded in 2017 on  www.giftdonor.org when a survey revealed that only 20% of those waiting for transplant feel well enough to meet with a mentor. Online resources include videos from surgeons to help understand organ rejection, and information on mental health resources, depression and end of life directives. In 2018, 72 patients were mentored.   
Program Budget $62,000.00
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.  In 2019, the Transplant Mentors Program Manager will recruit and train more volunteer mentors, sponsor pre- and post-transplant learning seminars on a variety of topics, and will meet with each hospital's transplant center medical team to review the transplant mentor program and ensure it is meeting their needs. In 2019, quarterly Transplant Talks will be scheduled in order to provide support to more transplant patients and their families. 

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, 675 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, online 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 embarked on a research project to compare the 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

A task force of volunteer transplant recipients and family members meets annually to monitor, improve and adjust the transplant mentors program. In addition, the Transplant Mentor Program Manager meets annually with hospital transplant medical teams to review the transplant mentor program and ensure it is meeting their needs.  A database research project is underway to measure the impact of mentors on transplant patient well-being. Results are being gathered and will be analyzed and assessed over time to determine program success and possible improvements.

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 a new normal of activity within one year. While medical professionals speak of a successful 90% recovery rate, it is not unusual for patients to require mentored encouragement and support for up to 2 years post-transplant. After two years, many mentees lose touch with their Gift of Life mentor 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. 

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 Sedgwick counties in Kansas, Kansas City Missouri schools and outstate Missouri.  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 Greater Kansas City area.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Janet Ferree Burton
Term Start Aug 2018
Experience Janet Burton is Interim Executive Director of Gift of Life and Principal of Ferree Burton Consulting, which specializes in executive management, market strategy, business planning, fundraising and revenue development, and communications. Her thirty year career includes previous experience in nonprofit executive leadership in community health organizations and corporate consumer and business marketing.  Ms. Burton has an MBA from Rockhurst University, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and has completed executive strategic marketing studies at Northwestern University. 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Keith AndersonApr 2005 - Oct 2016
Diane AzorskyMay 2017 - Aug 2018
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
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 200
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 Under Development
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
35 Philly Awards; 2005-2018NPConnect - Excellence in Communications2018
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 David Kling
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan to Dec
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Chris CrenshawSysco
Michele Shanahan DeMossCommunity Volunteer
Sherri DohertySPAN Construction
Jan FinnMidwest Transplant Network
Hilda FuentesRetired
Terry GarrisonCoreSource
Vicki Graft C.P.ASwerdlin & Company
Nathan C. Harbur J.D.Nathan C. Harbur, Chartered, Co-Founder
David KlingRetired
Dr. Sean Kumer M.D.; PhDUniversity of Kansas Health System
Phyllis Leach J.D.Hallmark
Scott MattiviViracor-Eurofins
Peter McHughWorcester Investments
Dr. Jody Olson M.D.University of Kansas Health System
Jackie RussellCommunity Volunteer
Michael TracyOmni Human Resource Management
Victor WilsonMenorah Medical Center & AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Health Centers
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
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
Dan AumanAuman Mack
John BowenHeritage Reporting
Marshaun ButlerChildren's Mercy Hospital, Kansas
Kris DrakeFairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Dr. Daniel Durrie M.D.Durrie Vision
Dr. Jameson Forster M.D.Saint Luke's Health System
Andy HeathRegent Seven Seas & Oceania Cruises
David Jeter J.D.Retired
Margi PenceCommunity Volunteer
Diane RavisRetired
Dr. Steven M. Silverstein M.D.Silverstein Eye Centers
Dr. Rachel Pase Sosland M.D.Menorah Medical Center
Dr. Bradley A. Warady M.D.Children's Mercy Hospital
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $518,950
Projected Expenses $513,981
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$125,991$417,345$134,382
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0----
Individual Contributions------
$1,432----
$23,844$18,145$24,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,088$11,097$6,265
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$200,099$171,258$135,888
Revenue In-Kind$47,526$65,749--
Other$0----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$235,651$212,435$226,255
Administration Expense$106,069$108,711$29,416
Fundraising Expense$65,305$60,111$35,202
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.621.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%56%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$503,496$476,699$228,367
Current Assets$462,779$471,543$227,075
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$16,264$6,647$6,090
Total Net Assets$487,232$470,052$222,277
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.4570.9437.29
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $70,000William G. McGowen Charitable Foundation $30,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --University of Kansas Health Systems $45,000Legacy Development $17,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Hall Family Foundation $36,000Individual Donor $10,650
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Gift of Life experienced several anomalies in 2017 which increased administrative and fund raising expenses beyond historic norms.  Gift of Life's longtime executive director, Keith Anderson, was forced to resign in December 2016 following diagnosis of a terminal illness.  The organization contracted with Janet Burton to serve as interim executive director and received approximately $10,000 in donated search firm services (and expenses) to help through transition to new leadership.  A new executive director was hired in May 2017. Under her direction, the organization purchased a new phone system and incurred $4,100 in unbudgeted telephone and internet expense due to this purchase and change from one internet services provider to another.  The organization implemented a new Chart of Accounts in mid-2017 to improve the accuracy of functional expense tracking. During the 2017 Audit, Gift of Life determined that some expenses were allocated inconsistently across functional areas compared to previous years.  As a result, approximately $70,000 of Management & General functional expense was reallocated into Program Services and Fundraising expense, the 2017 Audit was revised and an amended 2017 990 was submitted.  Schedule O of the amended 990 lists the amended changes.  A review of 2018 year-to-date expenses is underway to ensure that expenses are fully allocated into the correct functional areas.  Staff has been trained on the Chart of Accounts and the importance of functional expense allocations to ensure accuracy going forward.  Because Gift of Life's use of approximately 150 volunteers to help implement its Life Savers and Transplant Mentors programs, Gift of Life will always have low and highly efficient program services costs. Upon the executive director's resignation in August 2018, Ms. Burton returned to serve as interim executive director and is helping the organization prepare for its next stage of growth and development.
Other Documents
Joy of Living Annual Newsletter2018View
Joy of Living Annual Newsletter2016View
Joy of Living Annual Newsletter2015View
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. Janet Ferree Burton
Board Chair David Kling
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Gift of Life Foundation