About Us

LifeLegacy Foundation was established in 1997 as the first and only federally approved 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization that is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Our commitment to the highest level of ethical and quality standards affirms our integrity and commitment to do what is best for our donors, our donors’ families, our clients, and the community.  We set the industry standard that our donor families have come to trust.  To ensure the quality of the organs and tissues provided to researchers, LifeLegacy also meets the following high standards:

Mission Statement

To create a new standard in human tissue donation to ensure the continued acceleration of scientific research and medical education.

Our mission incorporates these fundamental values:

Awareness: We conduct a wide variety of educational programs.  Our goal is to provide families with information to make an informed decision.  We provide families an opportunity to make a contribution to humankind that may allow them to feel a sense of purpose emerge from their loss.

Caring: In recognition of the heartfelt generosity of donor families, LifeLegacy Foundation has instituted a donor family support coordinator, who personally assists families before and after their donation.  Our concern and attention does not end when the donation process is completed.

Ethical Standards: Medical researchers and academic institutions must qualify with LifeLegacy Foundation through a stringent application process to receive organs and tissues.  Only the most qualified organizations are chosen to receive tissue.  Donor anonymity is always maintained.

Integrity: Tissues are recovered by specially trained surgical recovery staff.  Both the donor and family are treated with respect and dignity.  The right to privacy is always respected.

Service: As a 501(c)(3) non-profit LifeLegacy Foundation’s main purpose is to provide outstanding service to all our clients.  We strive to serve our clients in a professional, efficient, and courteous manner, with the hope of contributing to the universal effort to save, extend, and enhance the quality of life through the advancement of medical research and education.


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