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Our Beginnings

In 1983, a Philadelphia transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, started Help Hope Live (then known as National Heart Assist & Transplant Fund) to help end-stage heart disease patients fundraise for the cost of transplants, then considered experimental.

By 1995, advances in transplantation and a demand for our services lead us to expand our mission to serve solid organ, marrow, and cell transplant candidates.

We changed our name to National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF).


Our Evolution

In 2000, a spinal cord injury in our local community inspired us to take on our first Catastrophic Injury Campaign. Over the next decade, we began serving individuals and families impacted by catastrophic injuries and illnesses that affect mobility.

By 2011, we changed our name to Help Hope Live for better inclusion of all our clients and to reflect what people do each time they give to, volunteer for, support, or recommend our organization.

In 2014, Help Hope Live was ranked the No. 1 nonprofit in Philadelphia by Charity Navigator for our top 4-star rating. We continue to be ranked nationally in the top 1% of all charities evaluated.


Our Future

In 2019, we received our 16th consecutive perfect rating from Charity Navigator, solidifying our efficiency, transparency, fiscal accountability, and commitment to our clients.

Since our founding, funds raised through Help Hope Live have helped:

  • Over 4,300 patients receive a transplant
  • Restore independence and quality of life for over 1,400 individuals living with a catastrophic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or illness
  • Cover millions of dollars in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

With your help we can continue to make a difference.

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