Over 100,000 people are awaiting a life-saving organ donation. Your gift matters.
Chances are, you can help save or transform a life by donating an organ as a living donor.
While there is a huge need for living donors, misinformation and HR hurdles with work can get in the way of your gift. Donating an organ is a heroic act, and we want to help clear the path for those who choose to give.
Learn more about donating a kidney or liver, including what to expect, how to work with your employer, and answers to common questions.
Here are some common questions about organ donation.
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Living donation is when a living individual donates an organ (or part of an organ) to someone who needs an organ transplant.
While many living donors donate to a friend or family member, some donors donate to a stranger.
The living donor names the specific recipient of the transplant in a directed donation.
The living donor does not name the specific recipient of the transplant in non-directed donations. Matches are determined based on the medical compatibility of the donor and the waiting candidate.
If a potential donor is not a match, they can also consider kidney paired exchange.
No, living donors cannot be compensated. Payment for living donation is illegal under the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA).
Typically, the recipient's health insurance will pay for the following for the living donor's evaluation, surgery, and post-surgical care.
Lost wages and travel expenses are not covered by insurance, which is why we encourage employers to enact policies to provide wage support and other expenses for employees who donate an organ.
Get more information about donating an organ.