We Are Sharing Hope SC receives multiple awards for inspiring leadership and workplace culture

March 30, 2023

We Are Sharing Hope SC (SHSC), the state’s nonprofit organ and tissue recovery service, announced it has been recognized with several prestigious awards for its inspiring leadership and inclusive workplace culture. This week, SHSC was named an exceptional finalist in the 2023 Inspiring Workplaces Awards for providing a positive and inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation and prioritizes workplace well-being and engagement.

This month, SHSC was also honored with the 2023 Lowcountry Diversity Leadership Award in the Big Heart category from the Charleston Regional Business Journal. This award recognizes SHSC for its outstanding commitment to prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in its work to save lives in South Carolina through organ, tissue, and eye donation.

“We are proud to be an organization dedicated to inspiring others and revolutionizing workplace well-being and engagement. We honor diversity, equity and inclusion of not only our teams facilitating the gift of life, but the community we serve,” said SHSC President and CEO Dave DeStefano. “We are beyond grateful for these awards which reflect our unwavering commitment to serving underrepresented people in marginalized communities across the state and efforts to honor every life, every legacy, every time.”

In December, DeStefano was among 38 winners worldwide to receive the 2022 Inspiring Leaders Award from Inspiring Workplaces. The award recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to their organizations and communities. DeStefano was selected for his empathy, courage, humanity, kindness and compassion.

Last year marked a donation milestone in South Carolina. Five hundred and twelve lives were saved, more than ever before. Today more than 1,500 South Carolinians are waiting on the national transplant waiting list, more than 68% of those individuals are from multicultural communities. Misconceptions about donation is one of the most significant barriers within multicultural communities.

The SHSC team is committed to serving and engaging these multicultural communities by providing educational opportunities at health fairs, schools and universities, places of worship and civic organizations across the state. The need for organ donation is an issue that impacts people of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status, and SHSC strives to raise awareness to save more lives.

One organ, eye and tissue donor can save up to eight lives, potentially restore the sight for two people and improve the lives of up to 75 people. South Carolinians can make that life-saving decision to become a donor by registering at any SC DMV or on the iPhone Health app. For additional information on donation and to register, visit SharingHopeSC.org.


More about We Are Sharing Hope SC

SHSC is South Carolina’s nonprofit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery service. SHSC’s teams across the state make the gift of life possible in SC by honoring donor legacies and facilitating life-saving donations at every hospital in the state. Learn more at SharingHopeSC.org.