The National Blood Foundation (NBF) since 1983 has helped shape the future of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies through grant funding, education initiatives and by supporting critical conversations among industry manufacturers, providers, and patient advocates. 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 projects furthering AABB’s mission as well as funding for forums and lectureships in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.
Council on Research and Development
The Council on Research and Development, comprised of major contributors giving at the CORD and Partner contribution levels, support 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 or cellular therapies, and fund, through sponsorships, programs that benefit patients and donors in the community. This exclusive circle of donors engages critical conversations among industry manufacturers, providers, and patient advocates. The Council members participate in the NBF CORD Summit and Leadership Forum, have VIP status at the AABB Annual Meeting each fall, and are recognized in NBF and AABB communications.
The CORD donor program 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 programs.
For more information about how your organization can be a CORD member, call +1.301.215.6551, or email
The National Blood Foundation Partners commit both financially and intellectually to support the work of NBF. The Partner donor 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 and cellular therapies from experts in the field. Partners currently contribute $5,000 to $25,000 annually based on their actual gross corporate sales or center revenue.
For more information about how your organization can join the Partners Program, call +1.301.215.6551, or email
Other Opportunities for a Partnership with the National Blood Foundation
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 each year is to continue to advance the dialogue and discussions among this prestigious group of attendees.
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NBF Events at AABB Annual Meeting
Opportunities to sponsor the Run for Research, the Grant Recipients' Lecture and Luncheon, the NBF Reception and special displays like the NBF Hall of Fame are available to enhance visibility for your organization and to show your employees, colleagues and customers your support for the vital NBF mission to fuel innovation in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies to benefit patients and donors. Contact the NBF at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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
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
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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 --
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.