Donate Life America Awards

Recognizing outstanding individuals, programs and organizations working to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in support of the Donate Life cause.

Ambassador Service Award

2021 Award Recipient : Jim Vidas, tissue recipient nominated by Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)

Donate Life Community ambassadors work tirelessly to increase organ, eye and tissue donation, and are the backbone of our mission. The annual Ambassador Service Award honors an outstanding Donate Life ambassador/volunteer nominated by a Donate Life Community organization.

Clive Callender, MD, Circle of Excellence Award

2021 Award Recipients: Remonia Chapman, Gift of Life Michigan/MOTTEP & Bobby Howard, LifeLink of Georgia

The Clive Callender, MD, Circle of Excellence Award honors a candidate from the African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American community who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and made a meaningful impact within the field of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation for communities of color. As a result of their leadership, this individual(s) exemplifies the highest level of professionalism and compassion, as demonstrated by Dr. Callender.

Presented by the National Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group 

New! Excellence in Youth Education Award  

Schools across the country play a vital role in helping spread the important message of organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America wants to recognize schools who have gone above and beyond to creatively educate their students about donation. 

James S. Wolf, MD, Courage Award   

2021 Award Recipient: Alisa Hughley, The Links, Incorporated

This award, named for pioneering transplant surgeon and founder of the Coalition on Donation (now, Donate Life America), is presented annually to an individual(s) or individuals outside the professional donation and transplantation community who has played a significant role in helping to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation.

Not So Quiet Giant Award

2021 Award Recipient: Lisa Schaffner, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

This award is presented to an individual who has used their unique voice to spread the important message about increasing organ, eye and tissue donation in the United States with compassion, enthusiasm and dedication.

Quiet Giant Award

2021 Award Recipient: Robert Walsh, HRSA

The “Quiet Giant” Award is given to an individual(s) who has made a significant contribution to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation in the United States by leading through service and commitment, often behind-the-scenes and without public recognition, to help increase donation and transplantatio

Trey Schwab Coaching Legacy Award

2021 Award Recipient : Remonia Chapman, Gift of Life Michigan/MOTTEP

This award is presented annually to a professional in the field of donation and transplantation who is recognized as a coach and trusted advisor by their colleagues, and who has furthered the collective work of Donate Life America and Donate Life State Teams.

The award is named in honor of the late Trey Schwab, a double lung recipient and former Marquette University basketball assistant coach. Trey worked tirelessly for more than a decade to promote donation, and was a friend and mentor to his colleagues in the professional Donate Life Community. 

Champion Award

Learn more about the Donate Life Champion Award.

DMV Awards

Learn more about our DMV Awards and 2021 DMV Award Recipients.

Pinnacle Awards

The Pinnacle Awards were established in 2012 to annually recognize and share outstanding, effective and innovative programs from organizations in the Donate Life Community. The awards followed the 2011 Donate Life America-commissioned Donor Designation Success Study, designed to understand which efforts were most successful in increasing donor registrations across the country.

2021 Award Recipients:

Best of the Best:

Platinum
Ambassador Appreciation Red “Car”pet Event, Lifeline of Ohio

Innovation Award
Donate Life Tennessee Corn Maze, Tennessee Donor Services/Donate Life Tennessee

Best Multicultural Outreach
All of Us Youth Education Program, Gift of Life Michigan

Best Remix
Feria de Salud Familiar, LifeLink of Georgia

Best ROE (Return on Effort)
Empowering Rural Sheriff Coroners to Make Donation Possible, Nevada Donor Network

Best 2020 Virtual Program (tie)
Virtual Trivia, Gift of Life Michigan and #LetsTalkTuesday, Gift of Life Michigan

Most Outstanding Observance
2020 Blue & Green Drive Through, New England Donor Services

 

Program Submission Categories:

Ambassador Program
Ambassador Appreciation Red “Car”pet Event, Lifeline of Ohio

DMV Program
Third Party Outreach 2020, Donor Network of Arizona

Event
Donate Life Tennessee Corn Maze, Tennessee Donor Services/Donate Life Tennessee

Hospital/Healthcare Program
Spread Generosity, Not Germs, Donor Network of Arizona

Media Campaign
Live to Save Lives Concert, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

Miscellaneous Program Supporting Donation
Empowering Rural Sheriff Coroners to Make Donation Possible, Nevada Donor Network

Youth Education
Donate Life Indiana Youth Activity Boxes, Indiana Donor Network (Donate Life Indiana)

 

For questions or more information about the DLA Awards, please contact Jocelyn Reed at DLACommunity@DonateLife.net.