National Foundation for Transplants Announces Closure After 41 Years of Service

Memphis, TN, April 8th – After 41 years of dedicated service, the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) announces that it will cease operations.

Since our inception, we have been honored to work alongside you, our community, to make a difference in the lives of transplant recipients and their families. Despite our dedicated efforts, economic strain post-pandemic, compounded by inflation impacts on the healthcare sector, increasingly higher operational costs, and a decrease in fundraising has led us to this difficult decision.

Over the years we have accomplished remarkable milestones. Together, we have raised $98 million, including $84 million through peer-to-peer fundraising efforts and impacting more than 6,400 individuals. This noteworthy achievement speaks volumes about the generosity and compassion of our community. In the last decade, we have welcomed 380 new individuals each year extending our reach and impact nationwide. During this time, we have also provided an average of $2 million in grants annually to help alleviate the financial burden of transplant-related Expenses.

“We are immensely proud of the impact we have made over the past four decades,” said Marcus Martinez, Chairman of NFT. “… and we are deeply grateful to our community of donors, partners, supporters, and volunteers who have stood by us in our mission to provide hope and assistance to transplant recipients and their families.” Alternative resources and support services will be provided to ensure that individuals continue to have the opportunity to receive the assistance they need.

NFT extends its heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of its journey. The legacy of its mission will endure in the lives it has touched and the hearts it has uplifted.


National Foundation for Transplants Board of Directors

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