NJ Sharing Network is committed to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Who We Are
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation, and is part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 120,000 people on waiting lists.
The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through education, research, donor family support and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. By making a contribution to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, you empower our efforts, bringing us a step closer to providing the greatest gift of all: life.
On June 1, 1987, three New Jersey organ procurement organizations merged into one, and NJ Sharing Network was formed. In November of that year, the state and federal governments passed the Required Request/Assured Option legislation, which requires hospitals to offer the donation option to families of potential donors. Since that time, NJ Sharing Network has set out to educate the general public as to the life-saving benefits of transplantation with the goal of increasing the number of organ donors.
What We Do
Since it was founded, NJ Sharing Network has more than quadrupled the total number of organs recovered in New Jersey for transplantation. NJ Sharing Network also recovers tissue for life-enhancing transplants. NJ Sharing Network works closely with donor hospitals and transplant centers to steward the gifts of organs and tissue. NJ Sharing Network continues to reach New Jerseyans through educational tools and the media to inform them of the option to donate and of the benefits of transplantation. Having been exposed to this information, New Jerseyans can discuss this issue with their families and make the personal decision to register to be an organ donor.
Additionally, NJ Sharing Network offers a Donor Family Support Division, which provides care during and after a donor family’s active hospital experience. The division also addresses unique issues related to seeking consent for organ and tissue donation.
NJ Sharing Network enlists a large base of volunteers through its community outreach program. These volunteers regularly help educate the public about organ donation and transplantation by participating in community events, speaking at houses of worship and civic organizations, and encouraging local organizations and businesses to display donor registry brochures, donor cards and information.