We encourage you to support FACTS by providing a financial contribution. Your financial contribution is used to help fund our daily operations, pay for body donation pickups, and purchase capital equipment and personal protective equipment for our students, faculty, and staff. In addition, your contribution provides no or low cost body donations for individuals and families, high quality training for law enforcement, equipment for scientific research, and support students. We provide pick-up of donors at no charge to families within 200 miles of San Marcos. However, funds are needed to pay for gasoline and additional student assistantships to maintain the program. You can also make a gift in memory of a loved one. We will notify the family of your gift.
You can make a general gift or a gift in memorium using your credid card by clicking here: MAKE A DONATON
You can make a general gift or a gift in memorium by check. Make the check payable to "FACTS" and send to: FACTS, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Indicate the individual you are donating in memory of in the memo column.
In addition to body donations, FACTS accepts monetary donations to support the education, research, and outreach mission goals. We are a non-profit center that provides free pickup of donated bodies within 200 miles, free lectures on forensic anthropology to the community, conduct scientific research and education, and provide low cost forensic anthropological services. However, these endeavors are often costly and must be paid for by FACTS. In addition, the FACTS body donation coordinator position is not funded by Texas State University. Monetary support to FACTS will help us accomplish our mission and enable us to continue to provide quality free and low cost outreach and services to the community.
No, but we strongly encourage you to pre-register. However, consent to donate can be given by your legal next of kin. If there is more than one legal next of kin, all parties must be in agreement to donate before FACTS can accept your body.
Sophia Mavroudas at FACTS@txstate.edu
or U.S. mail to:
Yes. If you change your mind you may rescind your consent by notifying us. However, once a body has been donated and received by FACTS it will remain in the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection for perpetuity.
Yes. We strongly encourage you to donate your whole body, but FACTS will accept donations of body parts that include skeletal elements and cremated remains in some circumstances.
Upon death all that is necessary is for someone to notify FACTS (FACTS@txstate.edu; 512-245-1900). A trained representative of FACTS will assist the next of kin through the donation process including coordinating transportation and signing any necessary authorization forms, and verifying information for the death certificate.
FACTS accepts donations regardless of age, location, body weight, stage of decomposition, trauma, surgical history, and most causes of death. FACTS does not accept donations from individuals with infectious diseases (those that can be transmitted from person-to-person) such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or C, active tuberculosis, or active syphilis. Unlike most anatomical donations, FACTS will accept autopsied bodies for donation.
We will arrange for transportation of the body within 200 miles of Texas State University. Beyond 200 miles, the family will have to make arrangements to have the descendent transported to FACTS or sent to Austin, TX by aircraft.
The closest relatives of a deceased individual, as defined by state law, are considered Next of Kin. Please contact us if you have questions about the legal next of kin. FACTS strongly suggests that you discuss your wishes to be donated with your legal next of kin before death.
FACTS will make reasonable effort to accept a donation from anywhere in the United States. However, the family will need to have the body transported to Austin, TX by aircraft or make other arrangements.
FACTS uses your gifted body for forensic anthropological research related to determining the postmortem interval (time since death) and related studies in human decomposition. After decomposition, your skeletal remains will be processed and used for research and education in osteological methods and human variation.
FACTS will make reasonable efforts respect the wishes of individuals donating their body to Texas State University. We also will make reasonable efforts to assure that all body donations and skeletal remains are used only by qualified researchers with quality research proposals. However, FACTS cannot guarantee the results obtained by the research.
FACTS adheres to all federal and state legal requirements through the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which prohibits the buying or selling of human organs and tissue. FACTS charges reasonable fees for services provided to researchers for the processing, preservation, quality control, and transportation of human remains.
Unlike many full body donations, FACTS does not cremate or return your body. Your skeletal remains will be processed upon completion of decomposition and securely stored at our research laboratory facility. Your skeletal remains will be used by numerous qualified researchers to answer critical and timely scientific questions in human skeletal variation, osteolgocial identification methods and more for years to come. All researchers and educators using bodies donated to FACTS and the forensic anthropology research laboratory must complete a stringent application and agree to follow strict protocol and procedures.
Yes. Please contact the FACTS Coordinator to make arrangements to visit the Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory. Visitation to the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility is not permitted, but once the skeleton has been processed next of kin can request to visit.