The Evolution of Gift of Life

The Evolution of Gift of Life.

Maximizing Our Impact to Help More Children

Reunion of our 10,000th GOL Recipient with our 1st GOL Recipient

Gift of Life is a Rotarian-based organization that has evolved over the past 4 decades into a global network of caring.  Our traditional model for providing care to children with heart disease from emerging countries was to bring one child at a time to the United States for treatment.  For the first 30 years of our existence, this was our primary means of providing hope to children who were not able to receive treatment in their country of birth.

Although this remains an important part of the Gift of Life Global Network, we have now evolved, enabling us to help address the crisis that exists today for children with heart disease throughout the world who lack access to treatment.

Our Evolution

41 Years of providing hope to children with heart disease and
healing little hearts around the world

1 in 100

This year, approximately 131 million children will be born. Statistically 1 in every 100 will have a congenital heart defect.


Strategy created to focus on developing sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, aftercare and catheterization programs in select countries.


In 2003, GOL was formed with the following Guiding Principles:

  • Develop new GOL programs
  • Maximize the capacity of existing GOL programs to help children
  • Develop partnership with like-minded, non-governmental organizations.
  • Tell the collective story of GOL programs

more than


Children Treated Annually

Throughout our Global Network of Caring


First - ever GOL recipient received
second chance at life



Children Treated

From 78 Countries Across 5 Continents

In 2008, GOL global network celebrated saving our



1.3 Million

Each year, 1.3 million children are born with congenital heart disease, and 93% of them are born in a country that cannot care for them.


Rotary Clubs


Rotary Districts

Support Gift of
Life Efforts
Around the World

Our global
network consists of


Autonomous Gift of Life programs