Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a DFW-based non-profit whose mission is to provide no-cost emotional and grief support to organ, eye, and tissue donor families, announced today that Paige Anderson has been named the new executive director.
Founded in 2010, Taylor’s Gift has a long-standing history of helping individuals and families walk the path of grief. Led by a donor family, professionals, and trained volunteers, their programs provide a safe environment for families and individuals to express feelings and emotions and the opportunity to walk with others who are experiencing a grief journey similar to their own. In 2021, they launched a grief support program to help organ donor families receive emotional support.
“We are thrilled to have Paige on board to help lead Taylor’s Gift into its next chapter as we continue to reach more families of organ, eye, and tissue donors who are in need of grief support,” said Tara Storch, co-founder of Taylor’s Gift Foundation. “Her depth of experience in the non-profit sector will serve us well as we continue to grow the organization and extend our critically needed grief services to every corner of the country.”
Anderson joins Taylor’s Gift with 20 years of non-profit experience, having served in a variety of positions, including time spent as the executive director for Keep Mesquite Beautiful and as the volunteer program manager for the City of Mesquite. Most recently, Anderson led Dallas County’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteer efforts for public health emergency response. Before serving in these positions, Anderson spent several years as a Girl Scout leader and service unit manager, was a city festival director, and dedicated a great deal of her life to creating a better community for children.
She has served on numerous non-profit boards and has been recognized by several for her leadership efforts. In total, Anderson volunteered more than 5,000 hours in projects dedicated to public health and safety, the environment, and children and families.
“I never met Taylor, but the journey to this position feels like everything I have done led me here. From meeting the Storches to reading Taylor’s powerful story, I have quickly learned that out of grief can come inspiration and life-changing action,” said Anderson. “I look forward to helping the Taylor’s Gift family with the resources it needs to support its mission, grow its reach, support families who face the tragic loss of a loved one, and inspire others to decide to outlive themselves by registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.”
Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and completed work towards completing a master’s degree in public services from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. In her spare time, she’s an avid sailor and mother of two grown daughters, one stepdaughter, and one granddaughter.
The Storches launched Taylor’s Gift Foundation in 2010 after losing their daughter, Taylor, in a tragic skiing accident in Beaver Creek, Colo. In 2021, Taylor’s Gift Foundation launched its grief support initiative. It has partnered with multiple organ procurement organizations nationwide, so donor families can access the emotional and grief support they need to cope with their devastating losses.