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It Starts With YOU - Simple Ways to Outlive Yourself, Anyday

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

23

Oct

2014

Outlive Yourself. Two simple words. Countless ways to interpret and put into action.

And it all starts with YOU.

What Does Outlive Yourself Mean?

I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to speak and ask audiences all across the country a seemingly simple question:

The responses are wonderful to hear and typically I'll hear someone say “make the world a better place” or “leave the world better than you found it” or “pay it forward”. Exactly. What started as a way to get people to talk about organ donation, has become a way of life - it’s a spirit of giving, a mindset of loving your neighbor, the action of partaking in random acts of kindness for others, and so much more.

There are endless opportunities to embody this spirit of going above and beyond oneself, but sometimes it can be hard to get out there and do it.

Check out some of these simple ideas to help get you started.

Let the Little Things Add Up

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Topics: The 'Outlive Yourself' Spirit

Broken iPhones, the iPhone 6, and Organ Donation

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

09

Oct

2014

Have you ever had to visit an Apple store to fix your iPhone? Made an appointment with the Genius Bar?

Not too long ago my son’s iPhone had an issue with the power button and we had to visit Apple to have the phone checked out.

I know… you’re wondering, "What does a broken iPhone have to do with organ donation?" Well, besides the fact that you can't register to be an organ donor using a broken iPhone, two words - demand and confusion.

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Topics: Organ Donation Information, Talking About Organ Donation

Decreasing the Waiting List with Organ Donation Data? Possibly.

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

16

Sep

2014

Earlier this summer I stumbled across an article published on Mashable that I found quite interesting and wanted to share it with you. The article, Big Data’s Effect on Organ Transplant Wait LIsts, is not only helpful to better understand the complicated process of matching donors to recipients, but also an encouraging reminder of the many people teaming up to save lives through the hope that is organ donation.

You can read here how economists, doctors, and mathematicians are teaming up together to take organ donation to a new level, using data and algorithms (the fancy word for the process of using a specific set of rules to find a calculation) in an effort to save more lives by helping match donors to recipients, more precisely.

Donors, Algorithms, and New Ideas

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Topics: Organ Donation Information, Talking About Organ Donation, Organ Donation In the News

Happier, Healthier, and Brighter Tomorrows

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

11

Sep

2014

From the beginning of Taylor’s Gift Foundation, our intention was to be all about people. How to help people. How to make an impact to help people. How to move people to help other people.

While registering to become an organ donor immediately became our “engine”, it's really just a starting point for our purpose. Since our first year as an organization, we have been able to help people by giving back through our scholarship program. Now, we're on a journey to help people who have been touched by organ donation - through our Legacy Gift program.

"Here for Tomorrows" - our newest marketing campaign from Firehouse - helps highlights this work and we

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Topics: Legacy Gift Program

Thank You Amazon! Shop and Support Taylor’s Gift with AmazonSmile

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

28

Aug

2014

** Update: Click here to skip the set-up and start supporting Taylor's Gift with AmazonSmile, right now!

Did you know that you can help support Taylor’s Gift Foundation simply by shopping with AmazonSmile? How cool is that?! Your shopping can help Taylor’s Gift provide programs like Legacy Gifts (providing happier, healthier, and brighter tomorrows to those touched by organ donation), Scholarships (honoring high school seniors making an impact in their communities through their “Outlive Yourself” spirit), and more to Regift Life, Renew Health, and Restore Families.

AmazonSmile, a program from Amazon, gives 0.5% of the price of a customer’s eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the charitable organization of the customer's choice. And, “AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.”

Get Started in Less Than 60 Seconds

Step 1: Go to smile.amazon.com

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Topics: Special Announcements

Think You’re Too Old to be an Organ Donor? Think Again

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

21

Aug

2014

Photo: Flickr (Garry Knight)

“I’m too old to be an organ donor!”

“Well… you certainly don’t want my liver!”

“Honey, my organs are worn out… no one would want to receive these.”

These are just a few of the many comments I’ve heard when speaking and meeting with people about organ donation. They’re typically accompanied by a smile or snarky look on their face… but really it’s just another excuse to not spend a few minutes learning about organ donation, the positive impacts it has, registering to become an organ donor, and sharing a life changing decision with family and friends.

Fact: You’re never too old to register to become an organ donor.

The Myths

A few years back I had the opportunity to speak at a local retirement home with an audience full of people 50+ that thought they were too old to become organ donors, most of them over 60 years old. 

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Topics: Organ Donation Information, Talking About Organ Donation, Facts & Myths About Organ Donation

5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Taylor's Gift Foundation

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

22

Jul

2014

Photo: Jacob Bøtter

Just a few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a friend when I realized something: there are accomplishments that we’ve achieved, people that we're helping, and programs that we provide (all at Taylor’s Gift Foundation) that not even our close friends and supporters know about. What about everyone else?

We are so honored to be helping people touched by organ donation, increasing awareness around the need, and registering new organ donors... but we want to make sure that the world knows what it is that we’re working towards here at Taylor's Gift.

Take a moment and learn how we're working to Regift Life, Renew Health, and Restore Families.

1. Who does the Legacy Gift Grant Program help?

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Topics: Legacy Gift Program, OPI Taylor Blue | Paint it Forward, The 'Outlive Yourself' Spirit

This Independence Day Celebrate, Give, and Share the Gift of Life

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

03

Jul

2014

Photo: eddiecoyote

The Fourth of July is a wonderful celebration. Grilling burgers. Watching fireworks. Enjoying one of Summer's best holidays to celebrate America's birthday. It's one of my favorite ways to enjoy making wonderful memories with with my own family and friends.

Independence Day

Of course, the day itself signifies so much more than a parade and fireworks, a day off from work, and gathering at the lake or backyard pool. 238 years ago our country adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring an official separation from the United Kingdom.

As a country we were officially on our own and ready to face the world.

Still Waiting for Freedom

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Topics: Talking About Organ Donation

Giving Back but Learning Even More: Students & Organ Donation

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

24

Jun

2014

Earlier this year I was asked to serve as a judge for case study presentations at the Principled Business Leadership Institute in Austin, Texas. The conference was hosted by my alumni fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and was attended by over 250 students from all over the US.

Excited to attend, I was given the opportunity to judge five student presentations that focused on an international merger and acquisition based on a real life case study from earlier this decade. Our role as judges was to score on a number of criteria including a written report, a visual presentation, and the ability to answer and handle direct questions.

Photo credit: Les Roches

How is This Related to Organ Donation?

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Topics: The 'Outlive Yourself' Spirit

My Mailbox, Trash and Organ Donation

Posted by Todd Storch, Founder : President

15

May

2014

I have a problem with my mailbox at home. It isn’t broken or in need of repair. Our mailman is a really nice person. My problem is that over 95% of what is in our mailbox isn't relevant to me and my family. Most of it ends up in the recycle bin (trash) or the shredder in my home office, which also ends up in the recycle bin (again, trash).

Wasteful

Our family used to go to the mailbox once a day - excited to see what was coming in the mail - but our habits have changed. Now, it's become a chore to grab the pile of junk - something we do maybe once a week. I know there are a lot of great people that work for the US Postal Service but too much of the information and “mail” that is being delivered isn’t adding much value, and it is almost becoming an afterthought.

There’s a part of me that feels bad when I see the mailman driving around because I immediately think that most of what he delivers is going to end up back in the trash and is really wasteful. And then it reminds me of something even more frustrating: all the precious, life-saving organs that go to waste. 

When organs could be used but aren’t, it seems to be just as wasteful… except worse.

Why?

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Topics: Organ Donation Information

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