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Who we are

Vitalant Foundation is securing financial contributions and stewarding donors to save and improve lives. As the official fundraising arm of Vitalant, the Foundation is continuously working to address the ongoing need for blood and blood donors. Thanks to the impact of financial gifts, Vitalant has saved and improved hundreds of millions of lives by providing essential blood products, clinical services, medical consultation, and innovative research. 

 We need your financial support to continue our lifesaving impact.


Our Mission

Vitalant Foundation secures and stewards charitable gifts to support Vitalant’s mission to unite blood and biologics donors, talent, and innovation to save and improve lives.


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Vitalant Foundation History

Vitalant Foundation, formerly known as Blood Science Foundation, was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 1987. The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) was also the parent company of Central Blood Bank and Lifesource serving the Pittsburgh and Chicago regions respectively with blood collection, testing, and distribution services before ITxM merged into Vitalant in 2017. From 2008 to 2016, the Foundation granted contributions to tax-exempt organizations totaling approximately $25 million.

In 2017, Blood Science Foundation became an independent charity following the merger of ITxM with Blood Systems, Inc. In 2018, Blood Systems, Inc. was renamed Vitalant.

Our Staff


Jen Boughner

Director of Development, Northeast Division

Ms. Boughner joined Vitalant Foundation as Director of Development in 2020. Since 1998, she has built a successful fundraising career in the nonprofit sector, working with/for a variety of organizations, from human services to the arts to independent and higher education. Aside from ensuring a safe and ample blood supply, Ms. Boughner's charitable interests include the arts, cutting-edge research/technology applications for people with type-1 diabetes (T1D), education, the advancement of women and girls, and building strong communities. She has served as a mentor through Be A Sixth Grade Mentor and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Pennsylvania as well as serving on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Borough of Munhall. Ms. Boughner obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
875 Greentree Road, Parkway Center #5 Pittsburgh, PA 15220


Kim Butters

Director of Development, West Division

Ms. Butters joined Vitalant Foundation as Director of Development for the West Division in 2022. She has dedicated her career evenly between furthering the missions of various nonprofit organizations and helping individuals reach their education and career goals. Ms. Butters has enjoyed 15 years as a fundraising professional with The Salvation Army. She led the Major Gifts team of fundraisers for 10 years and was then promoted to Director of Development. Servicing northern Nevada and northern California, she expertly led her team of 20 development professionals through the challenges of fundraising during recurrent wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from National University.
10536 Peter A. McCuen Blvd., Mather, CA 95655


Jill Chamblin

Director of Development, Southwest Division

Ms. Chamblin joined Vitalant Foundation in 2021 as Director of Development for Vitalant's Southwest Division. Her experience includes over 30 years of fundraising expertise, mainly focused within the healthcare industry. Ms. Chamblin spent 16 years as Director of Major Gifts with the American Cancer Society where she implemented various fundraising strategies, including raising capital funds to build the first ACS Hope Lodge in the west, providing free lodging for patients. More recently, she held the position of Regional Philanthropic Relations Officer, Individual Giving for the Susan G. Komen National office. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada at Reno.
1524 W. 14th Street, Tempe AZ 85281


Chuck Crowe

Director of Development, Mountain Division

Mr. Crowe joined Vitalant Foundation in 2022 as Director of Development for Vitalant's Mountain Division. Over the past 35 years, he has led local, national and international nonprofits to raise over $1 billion, including the American National Red Cross, American Leprosy Missions, Project Hope, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, Front Range Community College and Daniels College of Business. He has developed and led high performance teams for small, medium and large nonprofit operations with up to 50 professionals, more than 5,000 volunteers and $5 million in annual operating budgets. Mr. Crowe has also led over 300 nonprofit leadership and fundraising workshops and trainings. He is an active volunteer with his church, community, Scouts BSA, the Denver Voice, and many other local causes. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University.
717 Yosemite Street, Denver CO 80230


Mark Giaquinto

Vitalant Foundation President and Director (Ex Officio)

Since 2017, Mr. Giaquinto has held several key roles within Vitalant Foundation's operations including President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. From 2009-2017 he served as the Foundation's Secretary/Treasurer while also holding the position of Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer at The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) and all of its subsidiaries. Mr. Giaquinto has been a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors in Pittsburgh for 15 years, serving as President of the Board for seven of those years. Prior to his time at Vitalant Foundation and ITxM, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and its foundation. Mr. Giaquinto obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Duquesne University
875 Greentree Road, Parkway Center #5, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Ursula Buba

Ursula Buba

Foundation Administrative Coordinator

As the newest member of the team, Ms. Buba joined the Foundation in July of 2023. Her invaluable experience within the nonprofit sector came from previous positions at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Science Center. Ms. Buba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA degree in Art History.


Shelley Miscampbell

Exective Assistant

Ms. Miscampbell currently holds the role of Executive Assistant and formerly held the role of Director of Operations from 2017-2022. She has worked for more than 20 years in the healthcare industry, including positions with Institute for Transfusion Medicine/Central Blood Bank, her family’s medical supply business, LAB Medical Supply, and AstraZeneca. Ms. Miscampbell obtained her dual BA degrees (German and International Studies) from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
875 Greentree Road, Parkway Center #5, Pittsburgh, PA 15220


Vitalant Foundation Board Members and Investment Committee Members


Nancy Gump Angus

Vitalant Foundation Director


Charles H. Bracken, Jr.

Vitalant Foundation Director


Sunny Chico

Vitalant Foundation Director


James P. Covert

Vitalant Foundation Director


Mark Giaquinto

Vitalant Foundation President and Director (Ex Officio)


Dave Green

Vitalant Foundation Director (Ex Officio)


Judy R. Murtha

Vitalant Foundation Director


Bob Ostrowski

Vitalant Foundation Director


Roger Oxendale

Vitalant Foundation Board Chairperson


James T. Schraith

Vitalant Foundation Director and Vitalant Board Chairperson


Gordon Smith

Vitalant Foundation Director


Russ York

Vitalant Foundation Director