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Gift Of Life Michigan
Gift Of Life Michigan

3861 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor , 48108


Phone: 1.866.500.5801


About Us

Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s federally designated organ and tissue recovery program providing all services necessary for organ donation to occur. It works as the intermediary between families, hospitals and transplant centers to fulfill donation decisions for patients and their families. Gift of Life Michigan was founded in 1971, by five surgeons who represented the medical schools at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. It was initially known as the Transplantation Society of Michigan, and it began as a kidney donation program. The Mission of Gift of Life Michigan is to honor life through donation.Since 1971, Gift of Life Michigan has honored the decisions of more than 10,000 organ donors and their families. It has also helped more than 25,000 tissue donors give their final gifts. Gift of Life began recovering tissue in 1988.   


In June 2023, the Check Your Heart Act passed, allowing state income tax filers to check a box to add their names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Michigan is the first in the nation to do so.
Now when you prepare tax returns for your clients, you have a unique opportunity. You can help save lives. Tax filers are now able to add their name to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry on their Michigan Tax Return. All you have to do is present the Voluntary Contribution Form (Form 4642) and have them check the option to add their name to the Donor Registry. It’s a simple part of filing a return that can make a big difference. If they’re already registered organ donors, there is nothing else to be done. Please thank them on behalf of the more than 2,400 Michiganders waiting for a life-saving organ.  Your support could save the lives of up to eight people through organ donation and potentially heal the lives of 125 through tissue donation.

Why it Matters
We know that 90% of adults approve of donation, but only 57% of Michigan adults have documented their decision by registering. When residents don’t sign up, they leave their families with the burden of making a decision, and in that situation, just 33% say yes on behalf of their loved one. That means opportunities to save lives are lost. 


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