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.