Facts about America's Blood Centers
Founded in 1962, America's Blood Centers is North America's network of non-profit community blood centers.
- America's Blood Centers' U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada.
- Located in 45 U.S. states and Quebec, Canada.
- FY 2012 Audit Report
- FY 2012 IRS Form 990
America's Blood Centers' Members:
- Operate more than 600 donor centers.
- Provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America.
To help member blood centers serve their communities.
America's Blood Centers' members subscribe to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in that community first – helping family members, friends and neighbors. Any excess supply is shared with other communities who need it most.
- America's Blood Centers' members collect more than 8 million units of whole blood (more than half of the U.S., and Quebec, Canada's volunteer donor blood supply).
- America's Blood Centers' members provide nearly 10 million blood components (including red blood cells, platelets and plasma) to hospital customers annually.
- America's Blood Centers' members also provide hospitals and their patients with the majority of the nation’s tissue, bone marrow, stem cell and transfusion services.
- Corporate blood drives are America's Blood Centers' members' largest source of blood donations, followed by schools, civic groups and the faith community.
America's Blood Centers' members are major recipients of blood-related NIH research funds.
- An America's Blood Centers' member (New York Blood Center) carried out the first hepatitis B vaccine trial and developed solvent-detergent plasma sterilization, a method to kill viruses in plasma products like anti-hemophilic factor.
- Several America's Blood Centers' members manage cord blood banks for transplantation. New York Blood Center operates the world's oldest and largest single public cord blood bank.
An America's Blood Centers' member (Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services) is one of the five largest tissue banks in the U.S.