United Network for Organ Sharing
700 N 4th Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private non-profit organization that has managed the country’s organ transplant system since 1986. We manage the organ transplant waiting list and the matching of donated organs to waiting patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UNOS’ technology infrastructure, policies and standards, education and research activities are behind the scenes of every transplant that takes place in the U.S.

UNOS engages the local, national and international community in our work to shape and maintain a high-performing, patient-centered transplant delivery system that is safe, efficient, ethical, and medically sound.
 
UNOS' mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.  
  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brian Shepard
Board Chair Yolanda Becker MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Chicago Medicine
Contact Information
Address 700 N 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 782-1511
Fax 804 782-4816
E-mail amanda.mullins@unos.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $60,524,419.00
Projected Expenses $55,727,707.00
Statements
Mission

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private non-profit organization that has managed the country’s organ transplant system since 1986. We manage the organ transplant waiting list and the matching of donated organs to waiting patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UNOS’ technology infrastructure, policies and standards, education and research activities are behind the scenes of every transplant that takes place in the U.S.

UNOS engages the local, national and international community in our work to shape and maintain a high-performing, patient-centered transplant delivery system that is safe, efficient, ethical, and medically sound.
 
UNOS' mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.  
  
Impact

Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, UNOS technology links every transplant hospital, organ procurement agency and tissue matching laboratory in the country, instantaneously matching and offering organs, as they are donated, to patients and transplant teams across the country. Innovations like these – that get the right organ to the right patient in the most efficient manner while ensuring quality and safety -- has made U.S. transplantation the model for transplant systems around the world. 

On behalf of the 120,000+ men, women and children currently registered and waiting, and the many more who will need transplants in the future, we also: 1) works to increase organ donation through education programs; 2) help transplant candidates, recipients and living donors make informed health choices through our Transplant Living Web site at transplantliving.org, and printed materials that are available at no cost at our online store or from our toll-free patient information hotline; 3) promote best and safest practices among health professionals through education programs, and 4) collect, manage, analyze, publish and share clinical transplantation data in order to promote safety, improve care and promote successful transplant outcomes.  
Needs

UNOS needs ongoing support through charitable donations to fund educational outreach for patients, professionals and the general public. Please visit our website to learn more about our funding needs at www.support.unos.org. We rely on your support to continue our lifesaving mission! 

Background
The concept for organ sharing was born in the 1960s in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Hospitals when David M. Hume, M.D., a Richmond surgeon and pioneer in kidney transplantation, initiated informal kidney sharing agreements with other transplant centers in the mid-Atlantic region.

By the late 1970s, Dr. Hume’s group and other hospitals across the country agreed that a national network would be the most efficient way to share organs. They called this computerized service the United Network for Organ Sharing. In 1984, UNOS was formally incorporated as a separate company.

In 1986, when UNOS signed the first government contract to manage the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, it had 25 employees. Today, with a workforce of 329 – working with 387 member institutions and thousands of volunteers -- managing a transplant system that has become the model for the world. And more importantly:
 
 ·    Over a half million organ transplants have been performed;
·     250,000 recipients are alive today; and
·     100 million Americans have registered to become organ donors.

On our horizon: an ever-increasing focus on patient and live donor safety; the continual need for technology capacity; responsibility of policy and technology infrastructure for vascular composite allograft transplantation (i.e., hands and faces); and the grave impact that diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. (conditions that lead to organ failure and the need for transplant) are having on the demand for transplants and the supply of healthy, transplantable organs.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
National
Metro Richmond
United Network for Organ Sharing is a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia that advances organ availability and transplantation both to Central Virginians and those nationwide.  We partner with local and national organizations to focus on organ health education and prevention of organ failure among the general public. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Yolanda Becker MD
Company Affiliation University of Chicago Medicine
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email ybecker@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Charles Alexander RN, MSN, MBA, CPTCThe Living Legacy Foundation of MD
John Belcher BS, CCEMT-P, CPTCNew England Organ Bank
Adam Bingaman MD, PhDMethodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
Gordon Bowen MSLifeBanc
Kenneth Brayman MD, PhDUniversity of Virginia Health System
Jonathan Chen MDSeattle Children's Hospital
Srinath Chinnakotla MD, MChUniversity of Minnesota Medical Center
Matthew Cooper MDMedstar Georgetown Transplant Institution
Mindy Dison RN, BSN, CPTCMayo Clinic Florida
Sue Dunn RN, BSN, MBADonor Alliance, Inc.
William Freeman MD, MPH, CIPNorthwest Indian College
Michael Gautreaux PhD, D(ABHI)Wake Forest School of Medicine
Alexandra Glazier JD, MPHNew England Organ Bank
James Gleason MATRIO
Danyel Gooch RN, MSN, CCTCIndiana University Health
Kim Harbur BSGift of Life
Macey Henderson JD, PhDJohns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mitchell Henry MDThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Mitchell Henry MDThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Michael Ison MD, MSNorthwestern University
Christian Kuhr MD, FACSVirginia Mason Medical Center
Carrie Lindower RN, MBA, CCTC, CCPCSUNY HSC at Stony Brook Transplant Service
Kenyon Murphy JDCommunity Volunteer
Akinlolu Ojo MBBS, PhD, MBAUniversity of Arizona Health Sciences
Willie Oler EdDThe Oler Group
Kim Olthoff MDThe Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Pearson MD, DPhilEmory Transplant Center
Todd Pesavento MDOhio State University Medical Center
David Reich MD, FACSHahnemann University Hospital
Dianne Rudow APN-BC, DNP, CCTCThe Mount Sinai Hospital
Deanna Santana BSSierra Donor Services
Timothy Schmitt MD, FACSThe University of Kansas Hospital
John Schmitz PhDUNC Hospitals
Elizabeth Schumacher JDAffinity Strategies
Kathy Schwab RN, BSN, CCTCMayo Clinic
Peter Stock MD, PhDUCSF Medical Center
Lisa Stocks RN, MSN, FNPLifesharing
Tara Storch Taylor's Gift
Stuart Sweet MD, PhDSt. Louis Children's Hospital
Lewis Teperman MDNYU School of Medicine
Stefan Tullius MD, PhDHarvard Medical School
W. Kenneth Washburn MDThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 36
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 30
Female 12
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 7
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Brian Shepard
Experience Brian Shepard became Executive Director/CEO of UNOS in December 2012.  He oversees UNOS operations conducted in support of the OPTN contract, including policy development, member evaluation and peer review, communications and information technology tasks.

Shepard joined UNOS in 2010 as Director of Policy after serving 15 years in various high-level positions in Virginia state government, including the Director of Policy for the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that position, Shepard worked directly with the governor to help identify and implement the policy priorities of the Commonwealth.

Shepard holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mary Ellison PhD, MSHAAssistant Executive Director
Stephen Harms MSWChief Operating Officer
David Klassen MDChief Medical Officer
Maureen McBride PhDChief Contract Operations Officer
Alex Tulchinsky Chief Technology Officer
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Partners include the City of Richmond, VCU Medical Wellness Center, Virginia State University, Senior Connections, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Medical Association, Linkage to Life, Sister Network, Donate Life Virginia, Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, and local chapters of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, National Kidney Foundation, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Old Dominion University, Peach New Media, Donation and Transplantation Communities of Practice, Transplant Administrators Community of Practice, Organization of Transplant Professionals, Association of Surgical Technologists, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.
Programs
Description
At UNOS, we work to educate patients facing transplantation, the healthcare professionals serving them, and the general public. Here are the ways UNOS makes an impact:

-      Providing medically accurate information and resources to thousands of patients and their families on what to expect when receiving a transplant, along with pre/post transplant care (www.transplantliving.org).

-      Educating transplant professionals- from organ procurement specialists to doctors- on current best practices and policy implementation. Our focus is on the improvement of patient safety outcomes, while providing opportunities that include both in-person workshops and distance learning.

-      Reaching out to the general public to raise awareness of the importance of organ transplantation and UNOS’ life-saving mission.  As part of this effort, our National Donor Memorial commemorates America's organ and tissue donors and their families (www.donormemorial.org).

 

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $60,524,419.00
Projected Expenses $55,727,707.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$5,179,092$3,994,459$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$5,179,092$3,994,459--
Individual Contributions$187,155$170,579$900,138
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$49,468,973$46,944,800$44,010,322
Investment Income, Net of Losses$58,394$61,898$100,439
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$79,377$70,000$80,700
Other$1,750,393$961,514$1,035,258
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$43,667,154$39,550,897$42,124,665
Administration Expense$7,511,844$7,293,134$809,681
Fundraising Expense$256,681$379,899$211,221
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.111.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%9%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$66,060,044$62,765,803$48,559,301
Current Assets$37,713,253$33,782,970$22,265,742
Long-Term Liabilities$8,758,816$10,457,558$11,096,127
Current Liabilities$25,716,049$23,803,436$13,216,231
Total Net Assets$31,585,179$28,504,809$24,246,943
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.471.421.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%17%23%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 9/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audits.
  • Form 990 prepared by Douglas E. Harvey, Director of Finance
  • Audits prepared by Cherry Bekaert, LLP
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include corporate and foundation support.
  • Form 990 represents solely the financial position of the United Network for Organ Sharing.
  • Audits represent the combined financial position of both United Network for Organ Sharing and the UNOS Foundation.