Supporting Transplant Recipients and the Families of Donor Heroes

Indiana Donor Network Foundation was formed when family members and friends of organ and tissue donors and recipients began making memorial and honorary contributions to Indiana Donor Network. The organization’s governing board identified the need to provide stewardship for these funds.

Today, Indiana Donor Network Foundation proactively raises funds to support transplant recipients and the families of donor heroes. To learn more about how these funds are used and how you can help, please click below.

Memorial Gifts

Each year, Indiana Donor Network Foundation receives hundreds of gifts celebrating the lives and memories of loved ones and friends. Commemorative gifts are an excellent way to pay tribute to someone on a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. Memorial gifts can be allocated to General Contribution, Scholarship Fund, Threads of Compassion, Angel Fund or The Bryan Clauson Legacy Fund. See below to learn more about each fund allocation.

Angel Fund

Indiana Donor Network Foundation created the Angel Fund in 2014 to provide assistance to transplant recipients who could not otherwise afford their medications. Recently, we added other elements to that mission. First, we now also provide transplant recipients with financial assistance to cover the cost of transportation to necessary medical appointments. Second, we provide additional grief support to the families, specifically children, of donor heroes. All donations to the Angel Fund directly benefit these worthy causes.


Indiana Donor Network Foundation’s scholarship fund was established to fund scholarships for immediate family members of Indiana organ and tissue donors, living organ donors, transplant recipients, and people waiting for lifesaving transplants and their immediate family members. Those selected as scholarship recipients often help further public education about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Threads of Compassion

Offered at a time when there are no words to say, Indiana Donor Network’s Threads of Compassion program provides comfort shawls to donor families at the time of their loved one’s donation. The shawls are knitted and crocheted by volunteers across Indiana who give their time to create beautiful, handmade gifts for families to use while they are in the hospital and to take with them as loving remembrances. The hope is that the shawls will bring families comfort in their time of sorrow and transition.

Bryan Clauson Legacy Fund

The Bryan Clauson Legacy Fund supports donor families before, during and after their loved one’s donation. Funds donated helped create a private space within the Indiana Donor Network’s Organ and Tissue Recovery Center where families can spend time with their loved one prior to organ recovery. The fund also helps relieve the burden on donor families by helping with costs associated with hotel stays, gas, food and other necessities prior to and during donation. 

Indiana Donor Network Foundation
To enhance the lives of those touched by donation, through education, innovation, caring and support.