The Swiss Red Cross organisation Swiss Transfusion SRC presents a classic example for how the performance of public functions can be taken over by a non-profit organisation. The organisation’s evolution has been quite interesting, and in no way has it followed a straight path: established in 1939 as a sort of “army transfusion service”, it has long had a place as a respected civilian institution within the Red Cross family. Swiss Transfusion SRC now works to not only ensure the security of the country’s blood supply, but also on behalf of people suffering from life-threatening diseases.