Institute History

Gift of Life Institute is an international training center for organ and tissue donation professionals offering comprehensive, interdisciplinary resources to increase donation outcomes, including skills-based learning, continuing education, collaborative research, and consulting services.

Who We Are

Established in 2004, Gift of Life Institute is the education and research arm of The Transplant Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization supporting the objectives of Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP) in Philadelphia (401 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123). Through our affiliation with Gift of Life Donor Program, one of the most experienced OPOs in the nation, the Institute has the unique opportunity to provide learners with real-world and real-time instruction on the best practices of a world leader in donation.

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Gift of Life Institute is a division of Gift of Life Foundation

Since our inception, we have:

  • Facilitated over 350 workshops with 58 (currently 56) OPOs and multiple tissue banks
  • Trained over 14,000 donation professionals worldwide
  • Hosted transplant and donation experts from over 35 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Netherlands, the Philippines, and Spain
  • Developed “The Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals,” a certificate program specifically designed for both emerging and experienced leaders who want to increase their management skills and strategic perspective, take on additional responsibilities, and be more effective in their organization

Our Approach

Our approach to training and education incorporates proven didactic instruction and experiential learning in a simulated environment, along with intensive skill building and coaching to ensure a strong knowledge base and skilled proficiency upon completion. Our programs incorporate competency testing designed to produce results.

All trainings include problem-based learning and skills practice sessions utilizing reality-based hospital and clinical scenarios.

This provides a learning environment where professionals can practice and adopt new skills and formulate solutions to existing practical problems.

This environment accelerates the learning process for the OPO professional by:

  • Providing a multidimensional approach to teach behaviors, skills, and strategies to improve donation rates.
  • Preparing, equipping, and empowering learners with the knowledge and skills needed to build relationships and sustain results.
  • Guiding learners to effectively respond to complex situations under a variety of circumstances through role-playing and intensive skill building.


Gift of Life Institute aspires to increase organ and tissue donation rates worldwide by providing a center of expertise for training, education, and research for donation professionals.


Gift of Life Institute aims to increase organ and tissue donation rates by providing the most innovative, evidence-based training and consulting services required to enhance the skills, expertise, and practices of donation professionals worldwide.

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