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Opportunities to Partner with the National Blood Foundation 

The National Blood Foundation (NBF) since 1983 has helped shape the future of transfusion medicine through its Scientific Research Grants Program and its education initiatives. Contributors to NBF and the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust Fund (NBFRET) are partners in providing a critical funding source for grants to early-career scientists and for forums and lectureships in transfusion medicine. Members of the Council on Research and Development (CORD) and the Partners Program are major contributors to the mission of NBF and offer both financial and intellectual support. Blood centers, corporations, foundations, and individuals partner with NBF through a variety of annual fund programs. Contributors choose to donate unrestricted or restricted funds, create endowments to honor outstanding individuals in transfusion medicine, and fund, through sponsorships, programs that benefit patients and donors in the community.

Council on Research and Development

The Council on Research and Development (CORD), established in 1988, includes leaders of major health care corporations and blood centers who are dedicated to supporting the programs of the National Blood Foundation (NBF). CORD members currently contribute $75,000 annually to the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust Fund (NBFRET) which funds the grants program. A representative from each CORD corporation and blood center serves on the NBF Board of Trustees.

Current Council on Research and Development members are:

Abbott Laboratories
American Red Cross
Blood Systems, Inc.
Cerus Corporation
Fenwal Inc., A Fresenius Kabi Company
Haemonetics Corporation
ITxM - The Institute for Transfusion Medicine
New York Blood Center
Novartis Diagnostics
Terumo BCT

For more information about how your organization can be a CORD member, call +1.301.215.6551, or email nbf@aabb.org.

Partners Program

The National Blood Foundation Partners commit both financially and intellectually to support the work of NBF. The Partners Program was established in 2003 to provide corporate leaders, blood center CEOs and other industry executives with an exclusive opportunity to share information, create relationships and partnerships, and learn first-hand about the current issues critical to the transfusion medicine community from experts in the field. Partners and CORD members participate in the NBF Leadership Forum each spring, have VIP status at the AABB Annual Meeting & TXPO each fall, and are recognized in NBF and AABB News. Partners currently contribute $5,000 to $25,000 annually based on their actual gross corporate sales or center revenue.

Current NBF Partners are:

Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Blood Bank Computer Systems
Blood Bank of Delmarva
Blood Centers of America, Inc.
Blood Centers of the Pacific
BloodCenter of Wisconsin Inc.
Bonfils Blood Center
Canadian Blood Services
Group Services for America's Blood Centers
HemoCue America
Immucor, Inc.
LIFELINE Blood Services
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
Macopharma
Mediware Information Systems
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Puget Sound Blood Center
Rhode Island Blood Center
The Blood Alliance 

For more information about how your organization can join the Partners Program, call +1.301.215.6551, or email nbf@aabb.org.

Other Opportunities for a Partnership with the National Blood Foundation

Leadership Forum

In 2003, the NBF Leadership Forum was designed to provide an exclusive venue for blood center CEOs, medical directors, transfusion medicine physicians and researchers, corporate executives and industry experts to discuss the key issues facing the field. Today, it is an excellent opportunity for attendees to collaborate with one another, and to share new solutions impacting the transfusion medicine and cellular therapies field. Our goal this year is to continue to advance the dialogue and discussions among this prestigious group of attendees.

 For more information on the Leadership Forum, click here.

NBF Events at AABB Annual Meeting

Opportunities to sponsor the golf tournament, the Run for Research, the Grant Recipients' Lecture and Luncheon, the NBF Reception and special displays are available to enhance visibility for your organization and to show your employees, colleagues and customers your support for the vital NBF mission to fund early-career researchers in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. Contact the NBF at nbf@aabb.org for details. 

Foundation Partnerships

Foundations with like-minded goals to those of the National Blood Foundation support the work of NBFRET through grants. Currently a number of community health foundations are funding research and education in blood banking and transfusion medicine through NBF. With a mutual interest in providing quality health care to all individuals worldwide, foundations and NBF can build close working partnerships to help solve some of the most important health concerns of today.

The Santa Barbara Foundation
The Topeka Community Foundation

Individual Giving

Individuals often make donations to NBF to support its work, as well as to honor or in memory of someone. AABB members, families, co-workers, and friends who want to encourage scientific research or have experienced the value of maintaining an adequate and safe supply of blood are encouraged to recognize someone through a contribution to NBF. To donate please follow this link.

Memorial Awards and Endowments

Throughout the years, major corporations, blood centers, and individuals have chosen to make grants to the NBF to establish an annual award or prize in honor of an individual who they believe was or is a leader in the field of transfusion medicine or blood banking.

In Honor of ...... Tributes & Memorials

For information about making an unrestricted or restricted grant, memorial award, or contribution, contact the office of the National Blood Foundation +1.301.215.6552 or by email -- nbf@aabb.org

Planned Giving to NBF

Your charitable gift planning, that includes the National Blood Foundation, can be of great benefit to all concerned. Such gifts enable NBF to strengthen its giving program for the future. Because tax and other financial consequences of each plan vary, you and your financial advisor can only make the best choice after careful consideration.

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