NFT Names New President & CEO


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Emily Joyner, Director of Communications
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National Foundation for Transplants names new CEO

Connie Gonitzke

Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2013 – For 30 years, the National Foundation for Transplants has worked tirelessly to help transplant patients across the country from right here in Memphis, Tenn.

What began in 1983 as an effort to help a local girl awaiting a liver transplant, has grown over the years into a certified 501(c)(3) organization helping patients in every state in the country. Many things have changed since the founding of this organization, but the mission to raise hope for patients in need has never wavered.

Now, another change is on the horizon, as Connie Gonitzke, CFRE, has been appointed to the position of President and CEO of the organization. She will officially begin this new role on Dec. 2.

Gonitzke brings a great deal of invaluable experience to the position, as she has worked her way up through the agency since 2002 when she came on board as a patient advocate to help patients mobilize fundraising campaigns. In 2006, she was promoted to become the director of resource development, and she became the senior vice president of development in 2008.

“I am humbled and honored by this position,” said Gonitzke. “I’m sincerely passionate about the work we do, and I look forward to serving our patients in this new role. Every day we come to work because we care about the patients we help, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead an organization that makes such a positive impact in the lives of transplant patients and their families.”

In this role, Gonitzke will be expanding and strengthening NFT’s position as a leading resource for transplant patients nationwide and raising the overall level of philanthropy supporting the mission of NFT.
Gonitzke has been a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2005 and has earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential. She has volunteered and served on various boards and in leadership positions in numerous community and religious organizations, including the West Tennessee Transplant Association and AFP, for which she served a term as president of the local AFP chapter.

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About NFT
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $65 million to assist patients.

NFT assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit