NCBB’s Annual Fund is the backbone of our fund development initiatives. This fund provides support beyond our annual budget. It provides the organization with the flexibility to allocate resources toward our most immediate needs, which allows us to provide the greatest impact on our community. Funding is needed here to deliver what matters most to our generous blood donors, blood drive sponsors, hospital and clinic partners, and others throughout the healthcare industry.
Since the pandemic, blood donor behavior has shifted. Prior to 2020, about half of our blood collections came from community blood drives, and half from blood centers. We are now collecting only 32% from community blood drives and 68% at blood centers. Your financial donation will support upgrades to current donor centers. With the community’s support, we can update fixed sites in Lincoln and Omaha. Individual and corporate donations are crucial and will help us maintain and improve these blood donor sites.
Buses allow us to serve communities that may not have a physical location to host a blood drive or to help us host smaller drives. Your gift toward a Donor Bus will allow NCBB to provide access to an expanded population and diverse neighborhoods. Our buses can be branded with sponsor logos, showcasing the sponsor’s commitment to public health and blood science in Nebraska.
NCBB maintains a small fleet of vehicles to transport blood products from our donor centers and community blood drives to our laboratory and to deliver blood to our hospitals. These vehicles operate 24/7/365 to meet the needs of hospital patients. Your financial gift toward the procurement and maintenance of new blood transport vehicles ensures that we stay on the road, delivering blood products safely and efficiently to our local communities.