Who We Are

About the Foundation

Gift of Hope provides compassionate organ and tissue donation and recovery services throughout Illinois serves Illinois and parts of Northern Indiana. As the federally designated organ recovery organization for the State of Illinois, Gift of Hope ensures that organ and tissue donors, donor families, recipients and recipient families, health care providers, and other transplantation community members can participate in the miracle of organ and tissue donation.
In the course of providing organ and tissue donation and recovery services, Gift of Hope recognizes the many challenges faced by our communities, especially organ and tissue donors and their families. For example, many of our donor families have lost a loved one through the trauma of gun violence. The Gift of Hope Foundation seeks to positively impact the lives of all those who may be touched by our dedicated team.

The Gift of Hope Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, was formed by the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donation Network in 2018 to celebrate the life-changing gifts made by Gift of Hope’s many organ and tissue donors and their families.

Our Mission

To honor and celebrate the loving legacy of Gift of Hope organ and tissue donors by devoting critical resources to the health and well-being of our community. 

Our Vision

The Gift of Hope Community Foundation strengthens our community and honor Gift of Hope organ and tissue donors by supporting a wide variety of critical community service programs. We actively engage in the efforts described below. Our focus is on the health and well-being of the transplant community, including current and future organ and tissue donors and their families, health care providers, and organ and tissue recipients. We welcome you to join us in this endeavor. 

Growing Resources

We offer individuals, families, and organizations who care passionately about strengthening our community the opportunity to contribute their time, expertise and resources to meaningful and effective charitable programs.

Stewarding Gifts

We act as dedicated stewards, investing and administering all charitable contributions in the most impactful manner and in accordance with all ethical and legal standards. 

Compassionate Services

We use our creativity and commitment to the community to develop programs focused on accessible, high quality, compassionate, sustainable, and cost-effective services to the community.

Community Leadership

We serve as catalyst for change and a builder of strong community relationships, bringing together key stakeholders to assess community needs, develop collaborative solutions, and leverage the unique strengths of our partners to deliver measurable outcomes. 

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Our Values

The Gift of Hope Community Foundation is committed to the following as essential to our success. To our donors, stakeholders and to one another we make the following commitments:


A steadfast promise of honesty, transparency, professionalism, and respect.


A dedication to the diversity and equity essential to the fullest realization of our ideas and endeavors.


An unfailing devotion to collaboration and cooperation with our community service partners.

Pursuit of Knowledge

A relentless pursuit of new and better ways to serve our community effectively.