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Funding Research

The Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation advances lifesaving basic and clinical research.

Financial Giving

Your Support Makes a Difference

At Versiti Blood Research Institute, our talented team of scientists is working hard to better understand blood diseases and disorders like leukemia, sickle cell disease and hemophilia to develop better treatments and improve patient outcomes.

Making a financial gift to the Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation helps to propel this lifesaving research and make a difference in the lives of patients in our communities.

Kelley McCaskill
Vice President, Philanthropy


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Versiti Blood Research Institute Junior Advisory Board
The Junior Advisory Board consists of young professionals in the greater Milwaukee area who are committed to supporting lifesaving blood research at Versiti.
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Financial donors over age 70 may make an IRA qualified charitable distribution to Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation from their retirement savings accounts.
Versiti Legacy Society
During your estate planning, consider making a planned gift to Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation to fund medical innovation.
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The BRIght Lights newsletter is a quarterly newsletter that highlights cutting edge research, and events at the Versiti Blood Research Institute.

Investing in Innovation

Versiti Blood Research Institute investigators and trainees work tirelessly to advance their groundbreaking research. However, they spend nearly 50% of their time applying for grants and federal funding, which carries a success rate of less than 10%. Thanks to their high-quality work, 90% of our researchers have obtained federal funding—but your philanthropic gifts drive opportunities.

Your generous financial gifts enable our team to spend more time in the lab, accelerating the pace of research and bringing lifesaving discoveries to the clinical setting more quickly.


How can you make a lasting contribution to Versiti Blood Research Institute? Financial gifts, including donating stock to charity, help us continue to invest in medical innovation and discovery through research, and will provide hope for better treatments, superior outcomes and cures for the patients we serve.

Stock donation and gifts of bonds and mutual funds that have appreciated in value provide research support while potentially allowing you to avoid paying capital gains taxes and receive a tax deduction.

Our broker is Robert W. Baird & Co. Contact and transfer information is below.

Robert W. Baird & Co.
PO Box 672
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Financial Advisor is: Roger Klumb 414-765-3500
Our account # 1610-5025

Planned gifts allow you to show your support and appreciation for Versiti Blood Research Institute’s mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate planning and philanthropic goals. Our knowledge of your estate plans allows us to celebrate your generosity today.

Many employers sponsor gift matching programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your human resources department.

Corporate and Foundation Relations serve as the Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation’s centralized point of contact for the corporate and foundation community. Contact Grace Arend at to explore new avenues of collaboration, tour our labs, and interact with researchers, post-doctoral fellows and fellows.

We welcome community fundraising efforts that help support the Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation. Contact the Foundation office at 414-937-6799 to learn more about creating your own crowdfunding page through JustGiving.

Memorial and tribute gifts are heartfelt, meaningful ways to honor the individuals who have touched your life. Memorial gifts are made in the name of a loved one who has passed away, while honor gifts mark milestones important to you—birthdays, anniversaries, cancer remission dates and more.

Charitable donations from IRA accounts are a great way to make the most of your philanthropic donations.

For more information on philanthropic giving, please contact the Versiti Blood Research Institute Foundation at 414-937-6799 or Financial gifts can also be sent to:

Versiti Blood Research Institute, Attn: Foundation Office
8733 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
P.O. Box 26576
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Versiti Blood Research Institute investigators and scientists are at the forefront of groundbreaking research that benefits patients with a variety of diseases. From better understanding how blood clots form and break down, to broadening knowledge in the under-studied field of glycobiology, we are making an impact locally and around the world. We are committed to promoting Milwaukee as a hub of scientific innovation and growth.

Driving quality of care for patients with blood clots

When Versiti Blood Research Institute Investigator and Senior Medical Director Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD, MS, realized that there wasn’t a group of clinical researchers dedicated to studying blood clots in veins, she established VENUS, the Venous thromboEmbolism Network U.S. Together, more than 30 research centers across the country are working to improve care for patients with blood clots.

Exploring the role of sugars in human health

Karin Hoffmeister, MD, senior investigator and deputy director at Versiti Blood Research Institute, studies glycans, the sugars that coat blood cells, and how they impact human health. She established the Translational Glycomics Center to learn more about glycans and how they can be used to individualize medicine tailored to each patient.

Training and supporting the next generation of scientists

Versiti Blood Research Institute Senior Investigators Alan Mast, MD, PhD, and Karin Hoffmeister, MD, are passionate about training, mentoring and supporting the next generation of researchers and scientists. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s T32 training grant provides funds for training pre- and postdoctoral candidates to help launch their careers and expand their scientific research.

Expanding research of bleeding and clotting disorders

Over the last 40 years, Versiti Blood Research Institute Senior Investigator Robert Montgomery, MD, has made significant progress in the development of testing for bleeding disorders, like von Willebrand disease. He’s passionate about propelling research and improving the lives of the patients Versiti serves.

Ensuring a safe, healthy blood supply

The Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS) is the premier transfusion medicine program in the United States. Through the REDS program, Senior Investigator Alan Mast, MD, PhD, and Investigator Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD, MS, work to ensure a safe, healthy blood supply for patients who rely on transfusions.

Versiti Partnerships
Versiti community partners and sponsors include amateur and professional sports teams, restaurants, entertainment venues, nonprofits, and more.
Funding Blood Donation
Support blood donation by donating blood or making a monetary gift to fund programs for blood donors, new equipment, events and more.
Volunteering with Versiti
Versiti volunteers provide an invaluable service to our lifesaving mission. Learn more about Versiti’s volunteer services and how you can serve your community.
Funding Organ and Tissue Donation
Support organ and tissue donation by joining the donor registry or making a monetary gift to fund programs for donor families, events and more.
Impact Stories
Your blood, organ and tissue, and other donations directly impact lives in your community. Read a few of the examples of some of the lives that have been changed for the better.
About Us
Versiti is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) blood health organization with locations across the Midwest. Its world-class capabilities blood donation, innovative research and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing.
Versiti Blood Research Institute
Versiti Blood Research Institute investigators study blood disorders like hemophilia, blood cancers like leukemia, and other blood diseases.
Ways to Give
You can support Versiti’s mission in several ways, including donating blood, hosting a blood drive, joining the organ and tissue donor registry, and more.