By registering to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, you could help more than 75 people — and that’s not counting the lives that those 75 people touch.
Share our Videos
Use our Donate Life print ads…
We have 6 Stories of Hope from recipients that can be used to help educate about the importance of donation. Our current ads feature
Benjamin (liver recipient)
Christine (kidney recipient)
Jessica (tissue recipient)
Robert (cornea recipient)
Shovon (heart recipient)
Valerie (liver recipient)
These downloadable formats print at 4×5 inches. Contact LSquares@DonateLife.net for 8×5 and 8×10 inch versions.
...or share our Donate Life brochure
Donate Life America provides 10 free Donate Life brochures for you to distribute, or you can order more via our online store.
These 8-panel full color brochures fold to 4×9 inches and include Stories of Hope from some of our organ, eye and tissue recipients – as well as a profile of a patient waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
For quantities over 10, you may order them on our online store or contact your Donate Life State Team Leader to request complimentary brochures, if they are available.
Tell your story
No matter what the circumstance, or the audience, you can optimize the likelihood your Donate Life voice will motivate those listening to register as donors by speaking from your own personal perspective. Our Story Sharing Tips offer some ideas for communicating how organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation have touched your life. Want even more ideas? Here are some more tips on how to use your perspective whether you’re a patient waiting for a transplant, a transplant recipient, a donor family, a living donor, or family and friends of patients or transplant recipients.
Other Ways to Support Us
Hand Out Donate Life Take-away Cards
We’ve put together a PDF of business cards with facts on organ, eye and tissue donation: The need is great, and you can help. Information on registering to be a donor, as well as becoming a living donor, is included. The card template includes gridlines for easy trimming.
Add a Banner on Your Website
If you have a website and want to make a stand for the more than 100,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving transplant, you can embed one of our Donate Life digital banners on your personal or company site. Each image features a recipient of a lifesaving transplant, as featured in our Stories of Hope!
Youth Education Resources
We also offer a youth education curriculum by state and additional resources for high school programs.
Take Your Support for Organ Donation on the Road
The DMV remains the top registration point for organ donation – and if you list your donation decision on your license, why not do the same on your license plates? Currently there are organ donor license plates available in many states.
Don’t see your state on the list? Each state has specific requirements to meet in order to offer a specialty license plate. If you are interested in having a Donate Life specialty plate in your state, contact your Donate Life State Team Leader. They may already have an application process or petition started in order to achieve this goal.
Donation & Transplantation Education Resources
Are you interested in learning more about donation and transplantation and how to educate others about the gift of life? You’ve come to the right place! Below are compiled resources that you can use both inside and outside of the classroom to help you educate and register others!
These are basic learning tools that give an overview of donation and transplantation. Most are appropriate for audiences middle school age and older.
Organ Donation & Transplantation: How Does Work? (Video)
This video, created by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explains the transplant waiting list, how someone becomes a donor, the process of matching organs and signing up to share the gift of life.
This video is also available in Spanish here.
This website serves primarily as a resource for those going through the donation and transplantation process as a recipient or living donor. It contains information on what to expect before and after a transplant, as well as what you should know when making the decision to be a living donor.
This is an organ, eye and tissue donation initiative designed to support high school teachers and engage young audiences. Its design, interactive games, downloadable goodies, social media channels, and real-life stories appeal to students, who can readily register as donors in their state while on the site. There is also an “Educators” section where teachers can access a suite of videos, lesson plans, reading exercises, and activities in order to plan a lesson, unit or student project on donation.
Other Donation & Transplantation Organizations
The following organizations are related to donation and transplantation. Their websites contain more helpful resources for your educational needs.
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – UNOS is the government-contracted nonprofit that manages the United State’s organ system, including the waiting list and the distribution of donated organs.
- Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) – UNOS currently serves as the OPTN, linking professionals with the donation and transplantation system. All of the current national waiting list, donation and transplantation data (sorted by state, organ, donor type, etc.) is housed this website.
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) & Organdonor.gov – In the United States, the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has oversight of the OPTN (see above). OrganDonor.gov is the official U.S. Government website for organ donation and transplantation, managed by HRSA.
- Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) – This organization is responsible for research and analysis of transplantation outcome data. This website contains high-level reports on national transplant data, transplantation programs and organ procurement organizations.
Similar to how the current donor registries are setup by state, so are donation and transplantation education mandates and curriculums. Below are links to a few state resources. If your state is not listed below, please refer to our list of state contacts here to obtain more information locally.
- California: Donate Life CA
- Colorado: Transplantation Science (Donor Alliance)
- Idaho: Donor Connect
- Illinois: What’s Mine is Yours video (Gift of Hope)
- Indiana: Donate Life Indiana
- Iowa: Iowa Donor Network
- Kentucky: Donate Life Kentucky
- Michigan: Gift of Life Michigan
- Minnesota: Donate Life Minnesota
- North Carolina: Donate Life NC
- Ohio: Donate Life Ohio Educator’s Guide
- Oregon: Donate Life Northwest
- Pennsylvania: Gift of Life Donor Program
- Utah: Donor Connect
- West Virginia: Center for Organ Recovery & Education
- Wyoming: Transplantation Science (Donor Alliance)