Grant Funded Programs
The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to supporting the work of NJ Sharing Network and to increasing the number of lives saved through education, research, donor family support and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Grants are awarded to honor those who gave, pay tribute to those who received, offer hope to those who continue to wait, and remember the lives lost while waiting...for the "Gift of Life."
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Public Education and Outreach
- Liberty Science Center - This partnership will provide an organ donation and transplantation exhibition to educate visitors to the Science Center on the benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation and to ensure that they can make an informed decision regarding donor registration.
- Lily's Little Life Lessons - The NJ Sharing Network Foundation awarded a local New Providence author a grant to publish a children's book exploring NJ Sharing Network's Annual 5K fundraiser through the eyes of a child who learns about the life-saving value of organ and tissue donation.
High School Heroes - This innovative education program was established in response to New Jersey law mandating donation education in New Jersey high schools. The program is designed to educate all NJ high school students about the importance of organ and tissue donation to ensure that they can make an informed decision regarding donor registration.
Benjamin R. Chirls Scholarship – The NJ Sharing Network Foundation, in cooperation with Donate Life NJ and Gift of Life Donor Program, awards one $4,000 scholarship annually. The scholarship recipient is an organ, tissue or eye donor family member, transplant recipient or awareness advocate.
Hospital based donor memorials to honor organ and tissue donors. In 2010 and 2011, we contributed funding to the creation of two donor memorials. These special memorials to donors feature photos, tributes and letters from transplant recipients, personalizing the impact of the gift of life. Our hope is that these memorials will be created in other hospitals throughout New Jersey to always remember the generosity of the donors and their families. The first two donor memorials included: “Wall of Heroes” at Jersey City Medical Center and “Zan’s Garden of Life” at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
- Landscape of Life - Family and friends gather annually for a reception and ceremony to unveil the new names added to the “Landscape of Life.” The event is a special evening to remember and honor individuals in whose honor or memory contributions were made to NJ Sharing Network. Landscape of Life was created to remember organ and tissue donors, honor transplant recipients, and give hope to those who continue to wait for the gift of life. The Landscape of Life depicts life through a window overlooking a swaying tree in bloom surrounded by butterflies in flight.
- Donor Family Memorial Program - These grants make it possible to create beautiful tribute keepsake booklets for donor families attending the annual program.
Family Sponsorships - A donor family or recipient attends the Rose Parade and Donate Life Float activities annually.
Wrapped in Love - This program provides donor families with shawls handmade by volunteers as a tangible expression of comfort and compassion.
Family Funds and Partnerships
Team Liberty - Team Liberty, a program of NJ Sharing Network, comes together at the Transplant Games of America, and all year round, to promote the success of organ transplantation, to raise awareness for the urgent need of organ and tissue donation, and to honor donors and their families who have so generously given the gift of life.
Riley's Dance - A program of NJ Sharing Network Foundation, Riley's Dance was created to honor and remember the unique and special life of five year old Riley Kogen, who we lost too soon. Riley gave the gift of life to two women who received her kidneys. Riley's Dance is the first family fund of its kind under the NJ Sharing Network Foundation. With the collaboration of NJ Sharing Network the mission of Riley's Dance will seek to improve the quality of life for recipients in need of organ transplants. Riley’s Dance will delegate funds to families in need of significant medical coverage and those pursuing financial aid.
In order to help NJ Sharing Network Foundation continue to fund projects such as these, we rely on contributions. Please consider making a financial contribution today.
Thank you for your generosity.