Sharing Hope SC is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing organ, eye and tissue donation in South Carolina for transplantation and research. Sharing Hope SC is the government-certified Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for organ recovery services in South Carolina (excepting Aiken and Edgefield counties) and actively provides organ, tissue and ocular donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state. The organization offers professional education regarding organ and tissue donation to hospital staff members in order to maximize the quantity and quality of donations.
Sharing Hope SC also helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they are better able to make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation. Whether they decide for or against donation, Sharing Hope SC strives to ensure that they will feel they have made the right decision in the months and years to come.
Established in 1984, Sharing Hope SC was originally known as the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency (SCOPA). The organization was incorporated in South Carolina on Oct 3, 1988, and the name was changed to LifePoint on June 15, 2001 and relaunched as Shairng Hope SC in 2017.
In January 2003, Sharing Hope SC and the South Carolina Lions Eye Bank merged services to provide a more efficient donor program for the state. (The Ocular Division of Sharing Hope SC was initially established by the Lions of South Carolina in 1957.) Through the merger, the Lions continue to play an integral role in the donor program by serving on Sharing Hope SC's Board of Directors.
In January 2005, the American Red Cross Southeastern Tissue Services ceased recovering tissue nationwide so Sharing Hope SC now also handles tissue recovery in addition to organ and ocular recovery within the South Carolina service area.
Sharing Hope SC is committed to serving South Carolinians effectively, efficiently and ethically at every level through alliances with interested individuals and organizations.
South Carolina residents can register to be an organ donor or update their registry information at www.donatelifesc.org.