Lifeline Relief Fund

NFT’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 20, 2020, the National Foundation for Transplants created the Lifeline Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This fund will be used to help NFT continue serving our most vulnerable citizens:  Transplant Patients.  We know finances are tight for everyone but your gift, big or small, will make a difference.

Across the country, social distancing is providing much needed protection.   Social distancing also prevents our volunteers from hosting fundraising events. Due to COVID-19, NFT postponed one of its largest annual fundraisers.  The impact, in many cases, will have a devastating financial effect.

Will you help us help the most vulnerable with a tax-deductible gift?  A one time gift or a monthly recurring gift will go a long way in helping us to continue serving transplant patients.  If you want to setup a monthly gift, please see our Level of Giving chart below .  Thank you for caring.

Michelle Gilchrist, CEO
National Foundation for Transplants

Learning About Transplant Patient Vulnerability

Gilchrist serves as NFT’s Chief Executive Officer and leads a compassionate response to COVID-19. Under her leadership, the Lifeline Relief Fund was created to help NFT continue serving transplant patients.

Letter to Patients:  We Are Here
Press Releases
NFT Seeks to Help the Most Vulnerable during COVID-19 Pandemic
Memphis Business Journal coverage

Two heart transplant patients who are also medical professionals (microbiologist and emergency medicine resident) make the case for transplant patients as members of the vulnerable population.  Drs. Lam and Gragossian present their findings in an exclusive article written for the National Foundation for Transplants.

An Abstract “Transplant Patients: A Vulnerable Population in COVID-19” by Drs. Lam & Gragossian

Full article: Transplant Patients: A Vulnerable Population in COVID-19

Level of Giving Chart

A one time donation or a monthly recurring gift will help NFT continue its service to the most vulnerable population during these uncertain times.

Contact Us About Other Giving Options


Stephanie Brookshaw
Associate Director of Development
901-680-5669 (O) | 901-684-1128 (F)

Call us about other giving options including stock, faith-based charitable gifts, workplace gifts, corporate gifts, peer-to-peer fundraising, or ideas you may have to support our vital cause during this time of uncertainty.

NFT relies on public trust to do our work and strive to continuously maintain that trust through our commitment to ethical principles, transparency, and accountability.

NFT’s strong financial management policies with internal controls means accountability of every donor dollar. Our operation is one of the most efficient of its kind.

The National Foundation for Transplants is the place patients turn when they need help raising funds to cover medical cost related to transplants. Donors have trusted NFT since 1983.

For all of our success, there are more patients every year who need our help. Help us fulfill our mission.