Who We Are
NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. Over 4,000 New Jersey residents are currently awaiting transplantation. We are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 120,000 people on waiting lists.
We operate 24/7/365 with a team of over 150 highly trained and dedicated members on staff. Our Governing and Foundation Boards are made up of a diverse group of individuals from both public and private sectors, across a variety of disciplines, and many of whom have been touched by donation including donor families and recipients. They bring great experience and insight to the important and life-saving work that we do.
NJ Sharing Network was formed in June 1987 when three New Jersey organ procurement organizations merged.
Later that year, legislation passed by both state and federal governments, known as Required Request/Assured Option, began requiring hospitals to present the option of donation to family members of potential donors.
Since then, NJ Sharing Network and our Foundation has set out to educate the general public about how transplantation can save lives with the goal of increasing the number of organ donors.
What We Do
By working closely with hospitals and transplant centers, and increasing awareness with education tools and the media, the number of organs recovered in New Jersey for transplant has quadrupled since NJ Sharing Network was founded. Through supporting our hospital partners, medical examiners and funeral directors in the identification, referral and care of potential organ and tissue donors, we realize our mutual goal of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation.
Our fully accredited “state of the art” transplant laboratory performs histocompatibility testing of organ donors and recipients. The laboratory also plays a critical role in the pre and post-transplant evaluation, and successful transplantation of highly sensitized individuals who would be difficult to treat under general conditions.
The Family Services Division provides care during and after a donor family's experience. Family Services also addresses unique issues related to seeking consent for organ and tissue donation.
NJ Sharing Network's goal is to educate New Jersey residents about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, so they can discuss donation with their families and make the personal decision to register as a donor.
In addition, we work closely with state lawmakers to pass legislation, such as the landmark 2008 Hero Act which mandates donation education in public high school curriculums, for public institutes of higher learning and as a condition for graduation for professional nursing and medical school programs.
Volunteers are at the heart of our community outreach. Our volunteers help educate the public about organ donation and transplantation by participating in programs including Donate Life Regional Groups, faith-based outreach, hospital and corporate events, high school education and the wrapped in love program. To ensure our volunteers are knowledgeable and comfortable with their role as our advocates, monthly volunteer certification trainings and specialty programs are available.
Affiliations and Accreditations
A Donate Life Organization
Designated OPO by UNOS
Registered with NJ State DOH
For more information, call (908) 516-5400 or email our staff.