As the fundraising arm of Vitalant, Blood Science Foundation raises awareness and funding through philanthropy and grant writing to maintain a safe and ample blood supply for the communities we serve. This support covers the entire blood donation and transfusion ecosystem, including donor centers, testing, clinical services, and research.
Blood Science Foundation History
Blood Science Foundation was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 1987. The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM). ITxM was also the parent company of Central Blood Bank and Lifesource serving the Pittsburgh and Chicago regions respectively with blood collection, testing, and distribution services. From 2008 to 2016, the Foundation granted contributions to tax-exempt organizations totaling approximately $25 million.
In 2017, Blood Science Foundation became an independent charity following the merger of ITxM with Blood Systems, Inc. In 2018, Blood Systems, Inc. was renamed Vitalant.
Board of Directors and Investment Committee Members
Blood Science Foundation Staff
Vitalant is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. Every day, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,500 blood and platelet donations to help save lives. For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Follow Vitalant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Vitalant is a founding member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), a professional organization that provides standards of development and accreditation for blood centers. Vitalant was also a driving force in the creation of America’s Blood Centers, a consortium of independent community blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Who Needs Blood?
Donated blood is used in the most critical areas of our healthcare system. From trauma to transplant procedures to cancer care, blood is an absolute necessity. Almost everyone will require a blood transfusion to survive at some point in their life.
The life you save may be yours someday.
Pledge your financial support today.