Playing it Forward!

We’re all “Playing It Forward” in Pittsburgh this season! Our Play It Forward Pittsburgh campaign launched in September 2017 and runs through the end of this year. Our goals are to register organ donors, raise awareness about the organ donation shortage, educate about organ transplantation, and fundraise for a new Starzl Network for Pediatric Transplantation Excellence at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh of UPMC. We couldn’t be more appreciative of the incredible support we have received from our partners and Pittsburghers. You are truly what makes Pittsburgh the City of Organ Donor Champions!

We chose our name through a thoughtful selection process with many partners. We loved it because it included the word “Play,” a fitting tribute to our supportive partner sports teams and the city’s championship track record. And “Forward,” because it captured the spirit of helping save lives through donation after death. And “Pittsburgh,” because of the city’s history of transformative work in organ transplantation and our continued leadership in this medical field.

There is another organization also named Play it Forward Pittsburgh. The Play It Forward Pittsburgh Toy Drive is a truly wonderful nonprofit organization that organizes an annual city-wide collection of gently-used children’s toys. Families in need of toys can attend their event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday December 16, 2017.

We support the Toy Drive’s mission and encourage giving and donation of all types – whether organs or toys – this holiday season. We hope to collaborate with them around our remaining campaign activation events this year to help their toy collection efforts. We know that even once our relatively short campaign concludes this December, they will continue to do their important work to benefit regional families.

We believe that there is room for all of us in the nonprofit space. Our hope is that Pittsburgh families can benefit from our respective efforts around donation and advocacy this year. While we haven’t received any inquiries about the Toy Drive, we’re excited to include a direct link to their site on our campaign website and assist anyone who would like to connect with / support them.

Please feel free to contact us at with any ongoing concerns or questions. We will happily provide further information!

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