We honor life through donation.

Become an organ, eye & tissue donor today.

About Us



Core Purpose:

We honor life through donation.

Business Definition: 

We facilitate organ and tissue recovery.

Core Values:

Determined, compassionate and professional

What We Do

Gift of Life Michigan, headquartered in Ann Arbor, is the state's federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, providing all services necessary for organ donation to occur in Michigan. We’re a non-profit organization working 24 hours a day all over the state as a liaison between donors, hospitals and transplant centers.

Gift of Life was incorporated in 1971 by Michigan transplant surgeons to provide a network to get kidneys to the people who need them most. Today, Gift of Life recovers more than 1,000 organs every year for transplantation from nearly 400 or more donors, saving hundreds of lives. Bone, skin and other tissues are also recovered, helping to significantly improve the lives of thousands of seriously injured and sick recipients. Gift of Life also works with Eversight to manage cornea and eye donation.

In addition, Gift of Life maintains and grows the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State and Donate Life America. The registry is a confidential database of people who have documented their decision to help others by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor upon their death, if medically suitable.


Gift of Life Michigan reports information about its finances and operations to the federal government each year on IRS form 990, which can be found here if you search for us as Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan.


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Certifications and Accreditations:

  • American Association of Tissue Banks
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
  • Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
  • College of American Pathologists
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)


  • Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
  • Donate Life America
  • Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association
  • Donate Life Coalition of Michigan