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You've heard the urban legend about a man who wakes up in a tub of ice in a hotel room with a kidney missing. In fact, organ thefts are a real phenomenon and the occurrence of the crime is on the increase. The legend comes to life in this dramatic and scary story ripped from the headlines of tomorrow's newspaper. Dennis, a college-age young man and an adoptee, wakes up in a small private hospital in San Francisco after a minor car accident to discover that one of his organs is missing. He's an involuntary transplant donor. He flees to a municipal hospital, only to learn that this is the second organ to be harvested from him. He runs for his life. Clearly someone, somewhere, is a close match for him, needs his organs, and knows his every move. The next time, he might lose his heart or lungs. He won't wake up after that. Dennis heads home to Boston to confront his adoptive father, who seems to have forged his name to a donor card. And so the hunt is on: Dennis must find his harvester before the harvester finds him again. "This is a gripping tale, extremely well told. " - Publishers Weekly At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Book It's Not JUST About the Donor Description/Summary:
Are you a non-profit leader or manager who wants to know how to effectively lead your mid, major or planned giving team? Or, are you someone who aspires to be a non-profit leader and you're searching for knowledge on how major gift programs work? This book is for you. Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels, after writing their highly successful first book, It's Not JUST About the Money, which helped thousands of non-profit's launch their major gift programs have now written their second book, "It's Not JUST About the Donor", the ultimate leadership and management guide in how to lead a successful major gift program. This book has been called a manifesto on how leadership and management can support mid, major and planned giving teams to successfully build authentic relationships with donors. This book will inspire you to become the supportive leader and manager your staff need in order for them to be successful and it gives you all the tools to do it! Your soul will be uplifted while your brain will be filled with practical knowledge for how to lead your team and execute strategies that will lead to more NET revenue for your mission.
She gave you everything. But what does she want in return? When Lizzie's daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor's mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do. But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn't right. And before long, she can't help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger . . .
Responsive Fundraising: The Donor-Centric Framework Helping Today's Leading Nonprofits Grow Giving provides a three-step solution for nonprofit fundraisers looking to overcome the growing generosity crisis. Since the 1950s, nonprofits have relied on impersonal outreach to inspire generosity from their donors. They leveraged direct mail, mass marketing and event fundraising to drive donations. In the early 2000s, with the introduction of social media, smartphones and a hyper-connected world, everything changed. The new normal for everyone became transparency, personalization, and a feeling of ever-present engagement. In addition, donors also had new levels of access to information to the causes they cared about. They could read curated news about issues they cared about, research program results and even collect information about nonprofit employees. Unfortunately, as expectations evolved, nonprofit fundraisers failed to keep up. The number of donors-to-nonprofits is falling year after year. Institutional trust is at an all time low. And burnout from fundraisers continues to climb. If nonprofits don't make a fundamental shift right now, they risk their own future, plus the future of their beneficiaries. Responsive Fundraising outlines the simple solution for nonprofit fundraisers everywhere. Using real-world examples from leading nonprofits, Responsive Fundraising explains how to take the personalized, donor-centric, connection-building practices most fundraisers reserve for major donors and scale them to work for all donors using The Responsive Framework. The Responsive Framework is an ever-evolving cycle where fundraisers listen, connect and suggest giving options to each individual donor based on what they care about most. When responsive fundraisers listen first, they are able to communicate in a way that prioritizes the donor experience. They remain open to feedback, stay curious about the motivations and values of donors and seek new ways to evolve with donors. Once they've learned about the passions of each donor, responsive nonprofits aim to connect with every donor in a way that honors their needs and preferences. Responsive fundraisers consider donor interests, preferred communication channels, and their individual donor journey to ensure that each outreach happens at the exact right time, with the exact right message so that the donor feels deeply connected to the cause. Finally, responsive fundraising empowers nonprofits to make personalized generosity suggestions based on what they've learned from each donor. Gift asks are driven by donor passions and intentional timing rather than arbitrary nonprofit campaign deadlines. Responsive fundraisers also know that modern donors need to be treated as more than an ATM. They have so much to offer than money. Modern donors want to be close to the cause and leverage their social capital, expertise and time to increase impact. When responsive nonprofits suggest, they are providing an opportunity for the donor to join the cause in a way that matters most to them. As the cycle repeats, nonprofits start to see better donor relationships with each individual donor, increased generosity, and, most importantly, a greater impact on the causes they care most about. Throughout Responsive Fundraising, readers will learn what the data tells us about the modern donor and their generosity habits. They will receive step-by-step responsive fundraising plays they can implement right away to improve their current fundraising tactics. Plus, they'll get a look into how responsive nonprofits are shifting their internal teams to create a more collaborative, successful organization. The time for change is now. Donors deserve it. Nonprofits want it. And beneficiaries need it. Responsive Fundraising: The Donor-Centric Framework Helping Today's Leading Nonprofits Grow Giving will give your nonprofit the best path forward.
Book Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education Description/Summary:
Winner of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 Skystone Partners Research Prize in Philanthropy and Fundraising Traditionally, institutions have relied on wealthy White men to reach their fundraising goals. But as state investment in public higher education lessens and institutions look to philanthropy to move from excellence to eminence, advancement officers continually need to engage all populations, including many that have historically been excluded from fundraising strategies. Based on theory, research, and past practice, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education explores how colleges and universities can build culturally sensitive fundraising and engagement strategies. This edited book presents emerging research on different communities that have not traditionally been approached for fundraising—including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) alumni, African Americans, Latinos, graduate students, young alumni, women, and faculty donors. Chapters discuss and analyze successful programs and provide practical suggestions and strategies to create and implement fundraising programs that engage these new donor populations. Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education is an essential resource for any institution looking to expand their pool of donors and cultivate a more philanthropic mindset among alumni and students.
The creator of the Donor Sibling Registry, a comprehensive database of people born through donor conception, offers support, advice, compassion and insight for those searching for their biological parents or half-siblings. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Book Donor Cultivation and the Donor Lifecycle Map Description/Summary:
A fresh look at fundraising that depends upon the donorlifecycle, resulting in increased financial resources over time anda more stable bottom line for nonprofits A guide to better and more strategic fundraising, DonorCultivation and the Donor Life Cycle Map presents the donorlifecycle map, which is circular in form, revealing how theconvergence of the two subject matters—cultivation and thelifecycle map—can lead to better and more strategicfundraising. Author Deborah Kaplan Polivy specifically addressesthe topic of cultivation and how, when focused over the donorlifecycle, it can become a logical and focused activity forobtaining increasingly large gifts. Step-by-step guidance and practical tools for understanding andmaking the most of the donor lifecycle Coverage includes Introduction to Donor Cultivation, DefiningDonor Cultivation, Donor Cultivation Tools and the Donor Lifecycle:How and Where They Intersect, and Impediments to the ImplementationProcess Features a companion website with a variety of online tools tohelp readers implement key concepts Part of the Wiley Nonprofit Authority Series Donor Cultivation and the Donor Life Cycle Map seeks tochange the perspective from transactional fundraising to recurringfundraising, beginning with the first donation and extending to thevery last—an endowment that keeps on giving even afterdeath.
Originally published by Stevenson, Inc., this practical resource provides nonprofit organizations with a plan for properly stewarding those who have invested so generously in their organizations and those they serve. Dozens of ideas, procedures, and strategies are included. Important topics covered include: Key stewardship relations practices Cumulative givingPledge acknowledgements First-time donor strategiesPersonlized gifts Ethics Communication Employee engagement Marketing endowments Donor walls Donor recognition Please note that some content featured in the original version of this title has been removed in this published version due to permissions issues.
From the New York Times bestselling author Sandi Lynn comes a brand new standalone romance.The only thing I ever wanted in life was a family of my own. I daydreamed about marrying the perfect man and starting a family more than I lived in reality. At the age of thirty and many failed relationships, I discovered that maybe marriage and the perfect husband wasn't in the cards for me. My biological clock was ticking so I decided to start a family on my own as a single woman living in New York City. After finding the perfect sperm donor from the New York Cryobank, I put my plan into motion. The only thing that mattered in my life was raising my child. Then, by some act of fate, I met a brutally handsome man. A man who didn't care that I was already pregnant. A man who made me swoon and swept me off my feet. He was too good to be true because as far as I was concerned, guys like him didn't exist. I trusted him and I fell in love, until I found out the truth about him and his motives.My name is Harper Holland, and this is my story.It all started with a bet. A bet between me and my best friend. He won, I lost, and it was time to pay up. He promised me nothing would ever come of it. But something did. I was a rich and successful businessman who topped the list of New York's most eligible bachelor. A man who was anti-relationship in every way. My grandfather didn't like the way I lived my life and offered me an ultimatum. He gave me one year to meet someone and fall in love or else the company that was rightfully mine would go to someone else. Harper Holland was beautiful and sexy. She was the perfect woman to ensure my grandfather signed his company over to me. After all, she was pregnant with my child, only she didn't know I was the father. Once I got my company, I would end the "so called" relationship. The problem was I never expected something so easy to become the hardest decision of my life.My name is Grayson Rhodes, and this is my story.18+
Book The Organ Donor Experience Description/Summary:
Organ donors are, by definition, altruists, and their act is even more generous when they remain anonymous. But altruism doesn't tell the whole story. There are myriad motivations, some subconscious, some conscious, that compel people to donate a part of themselves to someone they don't know. The Organ Donor Experience uncovers the desires, personalities and motivations of Good Samaritan organ donors and reveals much about the process of donating an organ to a needy recipient.
The inadequate supply of organs in the United States and other countries continues to drive the reliance on living donor transplantation. In 2000, representatives of the transplant community convened for a meeting on living donation in an effort to provide guidelines to promote the welfare of living donors. The consensus statement that resulted from this meeting recommended that transplant centers retain an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) to focus on the best interest of the donor. A decade later, nearly every transplant center in the United States, performing living donor surgeries, has incorporated an ILDA into their living donor screening and/or evaluation process Living Donor Advocate provides an overview of living donation and its risks, ethical challenges and future developments, as well as details about the role a Living Donor Advocate plays in the transplantation process. This book will interest health professionals across various disciplines and patients undergoing transplantation or living donor surgery.
No federal law in the United States requires that egg or sperm donors or recipients exchange any information with the offspring that result from the donation. Donors typically enter into contracts with fertility clinics or sperm banks which promise them anonymity. The parents may know the donor’s hair color, height, IQ, college, and profession; they may even have heard the donor’s voice. But they don’t know the donor’s name, medical history, or other information that might play a key role in a child’s development. And, until recently, donor-conceived offspring typically didn’t know that one of their biological parents was a donor. But the secrecy surrounding the use of donor eggs and sperm is changing. And as it does, increasing numbers of parents and donorconceived offspring are searching for others who share the same biological heritage. When donors, recipients, and “donor kids” find each other, they create new forms of families that exist outside of the law. The New Kinship details how families are made and how bonds are created between families in the brave new world of reproductive technology. Naomi Cahn, a nationally-recognized expert on reproductive technology and the law, shows how these new kinship bonds dramatically exemplify the ongoing cultural change in how we think about family. The issues Cahn explores in this book will resonate with anyone— and everyone—who has struggled with questions of how to define themselves in connection with their own biological, legal, or social families.
Book Jedidiah the Donor Dog Hero Description/Summary:
In todays culture, many people have at least one dog in their homes. They become important members of the family. And when they become ill or are injured, their people seek treatment and therapy. In her book, Jedidiah the Donor Dog Hero, author Eva Bailey shares the story of Sassy and Jedidiah. Sassy is looking forward to some visitors, but when they arrive, there is an unexpected guesttheir new dog, Jedidiah. Sassy is jealous of the attention he takes away from her. But when Sassy is hit by a car and seriously injured, it is Jedidiah who comes to the rescue with a life-saving blood transfusion. Thanks to organizations like K9 Blood Donor Heroes, pets can receive blood transfusions and be happily returned to their families. Jedidiah the Donor Dog Hero helps readers understand this procedure for both children and adults. Remember, humans are not the only creatures who may need a blood transfusion
Book The Crucial Challenge for International Aid: Making the Donor-Recipient Relationship Work to Prevent Catastrophe Description/Summary:
This book uses simple algebra and statistical analysis to map and define possible solutions to a grave problem the world is facing today: the relationship between developed ("Have") countries that act as donors in giving international aid to developing ("Have-not") recipient countries. These societies have differences stemming from diverse cultural and religious histories that have led to moral, ethical and cognitive behavior in many recipient countries that is incomparably, irreversibly and increasingly heterogeneous from donor societies. The analysis proves that any donor-recipient co-operation that stresses human rights, government transparency, accountability and law enforcement capabilities in the recipient-together with virtually free immigration to any donor society-is counterproductive to the point of causing complete socioeconomic and political melt-down in both recipient and donor nations. A promising alternative solution to this "Doomsday Scenario" is developed.
The Donor, Helen FitzGerald's fifth novel, is a nail-biting psychological thriller about a single dad's horrorfying dilemma. Will, who has given up everything to raise his twin daughters, has a terrible choice to make when both girls suffer kidney failure age 16. Should he save one child? If so, which one? Should he buy a kidney - be an organ tourist? Should he sacrifice himself? Or is there a fourth solution - one so terrible it has never even crossed his mind? Perfect for fans of Julia Crouch, Sophie Hannah and Laura Lippman, The Donor is a gripping thriller about a single dad faced with organ donation as his twin daughters battle to survive. Helen FitzGerald is also the acclaimed author of The Cry, which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
"To keep his secret past, from destroying his perfect lie, the man who "has it all" will be blackmailed into repaying a debt. But not with money...with his body. He is...The Donor: When Conception Meets Deception." Chase Archibald is ranked #1 in Brooklyn Professional Magazine's Smartest & Sexiest Thirty Under 30. A six foot three inch, tender and delicious lover with a voice that melts butter, and a heart that heals hurt. His rip-rock, beefy body is as well-chiseled as his reputation. Chase is a fast rising, star professor at Brooklyn University. He mentors at-risk youth. He gets five star ratings from his college students. He's intensely loyal to his gorgeous and talented, attorney girlfriend. He may even pop the question. To put it short? Women want to be WITH him, and Men wish they could BE him. Chase is the perfect guy. So what's the problem? It's all a lie. A lie that is built on a secret past. And the past comes knocking at his door with a demand that he repay a debt...but not with money...with his body. Chase must agree to become a sperm donor. But not the anonymous kind. He must actually sleep with several women who are willing to pay for his services. If he refuses? The truth of Chase's past would be revealed. Everything and everyone he holds dear would be destroyed. He would lose the woman he loves, the career he has built, and the orphan boy that looks up to him as a father. Is it better to live in a beautiful lie than to die in an ugly truth? Chase is about to find out.
The first comprehensive book that offers invaluable step-by-step advice for families with donor-conceived children. Wendy Kramer, founder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry, and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, have compiled a comprehensive and thorough guide for the growing community of families with donor-conceived children. Kramer and Cahn believe that all donor-conceived children’s desire to know their genetic family must be honored, and in Finding Our Families, they offer advice on how to foster healthy relationships within immediate families and their larger donor family networks based on openness and acceptance. With honesty and compassion, the authors offer thoughtful strategies and inspirational stories to help parents answer their own, and their children’s, questions and concerns that will surely arise, including: How to support your children’s curiosity and desire to know about their ancestry and genetic and medical background. How to help children integrate their birth story into a healthy self-image. How to help your children search for their donor or half siblings if and when they express interest in doing so. Finding Our Families opens up the lives of donor-conceived people who may be coping with uncertainty, thriving despite it, and finding novel ways to connect in this uncharted territory as they navigate the challenges and rewards of the world of donor conception.
The Donation is a medical thriller that dramatizes the shortage of organs available for transplantation. It asks what if organ donation became a choice as a means of means of execution for prisoners on death row? How would it affect the donor pool? Would prisoners realize one last chance for redemption, to give something back to society? And what about the physicians who find themselves cast in the role of executioners as they convert executions into surgical procedures, against the guidelines of the American Medical Association and their own Hippocratic oath that urges them to do no harm? A surgeon's role is to bring order out of chaos. The chaos begins when a celebrity patient, Joseph Spencer, discovers he needs a heart transplant. While in the pre-operative holding area, Spencer sees his donor in an adjacent bed. Not only does he see him, he recognizes him. His sedation makes it impossible for him to protest what for him is an unimaginable horror, and he loses consciousness, unable to abort the procedure, even though to do so could cost him his life. Spencer survives the procedure but becomes suicidal. The transplant surgeon, Ross Fairing, discovers that he and his team have been unwitting co-conspirators in the death of the donor who had no business on an operating table, let alone be in a hospital. He confronts his own consternation that a courageous and innovative operation has created an ethical conundrum that could destroy his transplant program and his career. And how does a shocking revelation at the end of the book, a revelation that turns a tragedy driven by one man's grief, into an affirmation of life, release Spencer from his suicidal torments, and return him to the world of the living? Morality and medicine collide with the criminal justice system in The Donation, a medical thriller that illuminates the organ donor shortage, one of the most pressing issues in medicine today