Living Bank International

Be Someone's Hero

aka The Living Bank   |   Houston, TX   |


Our mission is to eliminate the shortage of organs for lifesaving transplants by being a trusted education resource for living organ donation and the leading provider of advocacy services for living donors.

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President and CEO

Ms. Kelly Perdue

Main address

4545 Post Oak Place Drive #340

Houston, TX 77027 USA

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Independent Living Donor Advocacy (ILDA)

Our licensed clinical transplant social workers serve as Independent Living Donor Advocates (ILDAs) to live donor transplant programs in the Texas Medical Center and to centers throughout the U.S. via telehealth. ILDAs serve to protect and promote the best interests of living organ donors, ensuring their decision to donate is informed and free from coercion. ILDAs counsel prospective living donors through the consent and evaluation process, and provide support and follow-up post-donation.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Our community awareness program provides education on living organ
donation and empowers communities to make informed health decisions.
The program is provided to inform, inspire, and invoke our communities to
start the living donation conversation. Additionally, we support our local and
national communities through multiple communication channels, including
online, print, social media, and in-person presentations in community and
corporate venues throughout the region.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

The Independent Living Donor Advocate Network™ (ILDAN™) is an online
community of social workers, nurses, professional counselors, clergy, and
other health professionals who serve in live donor transplant programs
throughout the Nation. The Living Bank produces a live webinar each quarter
and offers previously recorded presentations for on-demand viewing.
Attendees may earn one continuing education credit at no-cost for each
course completed.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Living Bank's mission is to raise awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors through education and advocating for donors and their families. Ultimately the goal of the organization is to increase the number of living kidney donors in the Greater Houston area and meet the needs of those on the kidney transplant waitlist.

1) Currently there are over 2,900 people waiting for a life-saving kidney in the Greater Houston community.
2) 2014 data concludes that by the end of 2013, 283 kidney transplant surgeries were performed (101 from living donors and 182 from deceased donors).
3) When this data is quantified and projections are made it can be determined that at the same rate, roughly 11% of people waiting will receive a kidney transplant each year.
4) Although 11% (on average) receive a transplant per year the number of new patients placed on the list continues to grow at a rate of one person every 20 minutes.

Thus the field of organ donation must be enhanced, and more living organ donors should be identified in order to help eliminate the wait for thousands of people.

The Living Bank is dedicated to alleviating this issue and increasing the number of individuals willing to become organ donors, specifically living kidney donors. It has been medically proven that living organ donation has a higher survival and longevity rate when compared to donations from deceased donors. It is for this reason that our organization is dedicated to informing the public of the critical need for living organ donors.

To increase the number of living kidney organ donors in the Greater Houston area and meet the need of those on the kidney transplant waitlist, The Living Bank has developed key strategies:
1) Establishing a comprehensive curriculum and professional standard for living organ donor advocates. The existence of such a standard will create national recognition and the ability to implement our programs and mission on a wider scale.
2) Marketing and PR initiatives— connecting with traditional media outlets (radio, television, newspaper organizations) and requesting they collaborate with us by getting the message out about living organ donation to the public.
3) Building partnerships with renal experts, community leaders, dialysis clinics and medical transplant centers and educate them of the resources and services we provide. The partnerships will create a collaborative “buy-in" in which organizations will recognize the impact of kidney disease in the Houston community (kidney disease is the number 6 cause of death in the city of Houston) and its 4) 4) Expanding reach and broadening living organ donor advocate and transplant social work services in other geographical areas (Lubbock, Texas).
5) Advancing regulatory, local, state and or federal policies that will positively influence the donation and transplantation process.
5) Increasing the organization's social media reach through the #ELIMINATETHEWAIT twitter campaign and promotional initiatives.

The Living Bank has garnered the support from medical and transplant professionals in the Houston area and centers nationwide. This support system allows the organization to access expert advice for our program and services. We also have intellectual contributions from Board and Advisory Board members, employees and contract staff who provide an array of expertise which enhance the organization's capacity to implement effective strategies, measure outcomes and ultimately meet the desired goal.

The Living Bank has accomplished:
• The successful development of a curriculum and standard for independent living donor advocates that will be.
• Launched of social media and marketing campaign.
• Expanding services in Lubbock, Texas to reach potential donors and recipients in the western part of Texas.
• Following, supporting and promoting legislation that will dramatically improve the financial coverage for critical anti-rejection drugs for transplant recipients.
• Maintaining continuing education requirements for professional development program and connecting with transplant centers nationwide with the desire to be a nationally recognized provider for expert donation, transplant and independent living donor advocate education.

Although, not yet accomplished, The Living Bank is working towards the following:
• Social media and marketing campaign has launched but the currently is slow moving. We will work to develop relationships and partnerships to increase overall reach and access to other networks to build a large social media campaign with measurable, substantive impact.
• Drafting and proposing state and/or federal legislation that seeks to create a state or national database specifically for living organ donation. The creation of such a database will provide a platform that would increase paired organ exchange in which living donors who may not be a direct match to their intended recipient may match with another recipient in a similar circumstance creating an exchange of transplants. Furthermore a living organ donor database will house altruistic donor information and increase the likelihood of a transplant recipient's ability to seek out an organ donor on one official platform.

How we listen

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Living Bank International

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Living Bank International

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Mark Biscone

American College of Healthcare Executives – SouthEast Texas Chapter (ACHE-SETC)

Term: 2018 -

Board co-chair

Mr. Josh Tabin


Term: 2018 -

Salil V. Deshpande

Market Medical Director, United Healthcare of Texas

J. Steve Bynon, MD, FACS

Memorial Hermann Hospital

Kathleen Wood

Community Volunteer

Diesa Samp

Texas Children's Hospital

David Gregory

Locke Lord LLP

Ayke Hoppenreijs

Family Circle of Care

Deb Mauer, RN, MBA

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

R. Patrick Wood, MD, FACS


Catherine Lightfoot

EEPB Tax Audit

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/21/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.