About Us

Greatest Gift, Inc. was officially founded on April 17, 2008 in Florida and was granted 501(c)3 status shortly after.  The founding fathers were 5 medical and pre-med students from from all over the country with a common passion for organ and tissue donation education.  It was their goal to use this passion to teach their classmates, colleagues and fellow students around the country about the processes, myths and misconceptions of donation.  Greatest Gift, Inc. is designed to educate future educators.

By now, most of us have heard about the national organ shortage and long transplant waiting list.  The gap between people waiting for an organ and donors continues to grow each year.  However, many people don't know that less than 75% of the deaths that are deemed eligible for donation in the U.S. every year (which is actually less than 0.5% of all deaths in the U.S.), actually end up becoming donors.  There is a myriad of reasons for this, as the organ donation process is a very complicated one with many variables, but one of the prevailing reasons is non-authorization (formerly called non-consent).  In other words, either the patient was known to be opposed to donation or the family decided not to donate their loved one's organs.

While we acknowledge that everyone has the right to choose their own plan of care in the event of an emergency, we know that many non-authorization cases occur when the topic of donation had never been previously discussed by the potential donor or their family.  Any of us can imagine how difficult it would be to make such a decision in the midst of tragedy.

It is our mission at Greatest Gift, Inc. to get people to start having conversations about their views on donation.  It isn't an easy subject to talk about with your loved ones, which makes it all the more important.  We are dedicated to providing anyone and everyone with accurate information and statistics in order to dispel the myths and misconceptions that seem to constantly hover around this topic, and allow for educated discussions and decisions.

We can't accomplish these goals as a small standalone non-profit organization.  Our plan is to employ the help of the largest population of leaders, innovators and volunteers in the United States... students.  We will provide any motivated student with the tools they need to create a successful donation education campaign on their campus.  At Greatest Gift, Inc. we are educating future educators.