Make a donation TODAY and help save lives! Traumatic injury kills four times more people than breast cancer, yet there is very little funding available for trauma researchers to develop effective new emergency treatments that will save lives. To put the lack of funding into perspective, for every $3.51 in federal research dollars spent on HIV research, $1.65 is spent on cancer and just 10 cents on trauma (according to the Centers for Disease Control). Every dollar counts!

DONATE your vehicle for Trauma Research

Donating your old vehicle to the National Trauma Institute is convenient, easy and may qualify you for a tax deduction. Best of all, your donation of a used car, truck or other vehicle directly supports NTI’s work. We partner with Vehicles for Charity to arrange for towing and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt. Complete the online form here or call 1-866-628-2277, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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MAKE a Memorial or Honor Gift

A gift in memory or in honor of a loved one is a meaningful way to express your appreciation and support. Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a gift in honor of a special person, or consider honoring a physician who made a difference in your life. Express your sympathy with a personal remembrance through a memorial gift that honors a deceased friend, relative or colleague.

The National Trauma Institute will send a meaningful acknowledgment to the honored individual or family of the deceased. All gift amounts are confidential unless otherwise requested.

Name an NTI Fund

Contributions of $10,000 or more are very important to NTI’s major research initiatives. These gifts are restricted to specific project areas, and the donor has the honor of naming the fund. This can also be another vehicle for making an honorary gift. To learn more about how to name a fund, make a special tribute gift or make a planned gift, please contact Sharon Smith, Executive Director, at (210) 524-7739.


The National Trauma Institute awards 92% of all private donations to trauma research and related programs. Your gift will be recognized in our Annual Impact Statement and on our website unless otherwise requested. You will receive an acknowledgment for your tax records. The National Trauma Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The National Trauma Institute accepts in-kind donations. For more information on giving to NTI, please contact Sharon Smith, Executive Director at 210-524-7739 or sharon.smith@nationaltraumainstitute.org

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"NTI has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness at directing much-needed research dollars into military and civilian trauma care."

Gregory Jurkovich, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center and Vice-Chairman for the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine