Through philanthropy and grant making, the Foundation’s mission is to support Blood Systems, Inc. (BSI) and, specifically, the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) in fulfilling their mission to advance cutting-edge research and provide a safe and ample blood supply that meets the needs of the healthcare communities, patients, and donors in our service areas.
Blood Science Foundation was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 1987. It served as a subsidiary of ITxM to invest excess funds. From 2008 – 2016, the Foundation granted contributions to tax-exempt organizations totaling approximately $25 million. In 2017, the Blood Science Foundation became an independent supporting charity and Foundation following the merger of ITxM with BSI in response to industry dynamics.
ITxM is the parent organization for the Central Blood Bank (headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA), Virginia Blood Services (headquarters in Richmond, VA), and LifeSource (headquarters in Chicago).
As the largest independent blood organization in the nation, the consolidated entity collects and distributes approximately 1.5 million red blood cells annually to over 1,000 facilities in 30 states.
ITxM is one of the nation’s foremost organizations specializing in transfusion medicine and related services.
Blood Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and is a public charity under Section 509(a)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make under Internal Revenue Code Section 170. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Central Blood Bank is a tax-exempt organization established to serve the transfusion needs of Pittsburgh hospitals. Central Blood Bank’s service areas include metropolitan Pittsburgh as well as more than 10 counties in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Central Blood Bank currently distributes 170,000 units of whole blood annually to about 50 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the tri-state area.
Virginia Blood Services is a tax-exempt provider of blood products to about 25 hospitals and has 9 donor centers throughout the state of Virginia. It takes more than 400 donations every day to meet the needs of patients in Charlottesville, Emporia, Farmville, Fishersville, Harrisonburg, Richmond, South Hill, the Staunton/Waynesboro area, Roanoke/New River Valley, Northern Shenandoah Valley area and parts of West Virginia and Washington DC.
LifeSource is a tax-exempt provider of blood products serving Chicago area hospitals. LifeSource has 17 donor centers throughout the area and operates an average of 10 mobile drives every day, collecting approximately 136,000 units of blood annually.
Patient Care Operations
ITxM Clinical Services focuses on the pre-transfusion testing and delivery of vital blood products to patients in our Pennsylvania and Illinois service regions. In addition, Clinical Services contributes to the treatment requirements of stem cell transplant patients who are waiting for lifesaving hematological transplants worldwide. Clinical Services includes centralized transfusion services, an immunohematology reference lab, public cord blood banking, and total blood management services.
ITxM Diagnostics consists of a Coagulation Laboratory, a Therapeutic Hemapheresis department and a Hemostasis & Thrombosis Clinic. Its primary function is to provide diagnostic, consultative and educational support for referral tests in the areas of hemostasis and thrombosis.
The Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) is a nonprofit providing holistic medical care for patients with hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders throughout western Pennsylvania. Its comprehensive care model includes physical therapy and genetic counseling, with adult and pediatric providers. HCWP provides educational, insurance and research needs in partnership with entities such as the National Hemophilia Foundation, Patient Services Inc., The Foundation for Women & Girls, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Vascular Medicine Institute.
Board of Directors and Investment Committee Members
President & Chief Financial Officer
The independent Foundation is led by Mark Giaquinto, President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. Mr. Giaquinto has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Blood Science Foundation from 2009 – 2017. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of ITxM and all of its subsidiaries from 2009 – 2017.
Mr. Giaquinto has been a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors in Pittsburgh for 9 years, serving as President for 3 years. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and its Foundation. Mr. Giaquinto has obtained his B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Duquesne University.
Director of Operations
Ms. Brandt has held the roles of Director of Operations and Secretary (officer) for the Blood Science Foundation since 2017. She served as the Executive Assistant to Mark Giaquinto, ITxM’s CFO, from 2009-2017. During that time, Ms. Brandt coordinated all board meeting related activities for both ITxM and the Blood Science Foundation.
Ms. Brandt has been active for many years with local Pittsburgh non-profit organizations such as Rotary, the Ronald McDonald House and various food banks. In 2017, she served on a mission trip to Comayagua, Honduras, visiting All God’s Children Orphanage (Hogar de Ninos Nazareth). Ms. Brandt has obtained her dual BA degrees (German and International Studies) from Millersville University.
Director of Development
Ms. Whan joined the Blood Science Foundation as Director of Development in early 2018. She came aboard with more than 20 years of experience in various fields that include finance, marketing, and professional/public relations. She also has extensive experience as both a grantor and a fundraiser. Ms. Whan is responsible for fundraising activities in Northern Illinois – Chicago and its suburbs.
Ms. Whan has been actively involved with several Chicago area charitable foundations and associations for many years. Her charitable interests include medical outreach and preventive care programs especially in underserved communities, basic and translational research, and youth development/leadership programs. Ms. Whan received her B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.