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Live Donor Toolkit: Resources for Those Considering Live Donation

Nonprofit Financial Aid Programs for Living Donors

If you have costs that aren’t covered, talk with your living donor team about which of these programs might work for you. Programs and who can use them may change over time. If we’ve missed a program, please let us know and we will add it to this list.

American Kidney Fund

  • Maximum grant is $100 per year for donors, up to 5 years after donation.

http://www.kidneyfund.org/patient-programs/safety-net-grants/qualifying-...

American Living Organ Donor Fund 

  • Offers donor grants to help with costs.

http://www.helplivingdonorssavelives.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ALOD...

American Organ Transplant Association

  • Might pay for a bus ticket if the donor is related to the recipient.

http://www.aotaonline.org/transportation.html 

American Transplant Foundation

  • Offers donor grants through a few transplant centers.

http://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/programs/pap/

Georgia Transplant Foundation

  • Offers donor grants if either the donor or recipient lives in Georgia.

http://gatransplant.org/financial-assistance/living-donor/

Heal With Love Foundation

  • Offers donor grants if both donor and recipient are within income guidelines.

www.healwithlovefoundation.org

Iowa Anatomical Gift Public Awareness and Transplantation Fund

  • Offers donor grants up to $1000 if donor lives in Iowa.

http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/Files/AnatomicalGift/category3.pdf

Living Organ Donor Network

  • Offers limited life and disability insurance to living donors at certain transplant centers.

http://www.amfdt.org/lodn_info.aspx

Missouri Kidney Program

  • Offers donor grants up to $1000 to cover living expenses if donor lives in Missouri and donates at a transplant program contracted with the program. Applications are through the transplant program social worker.

http://som.missouri.edu/MOKP/docs/manual.pdf

Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation grants program

  • Provides vouchers for flights to some transplant centers. 

https://www.southwest.com/medicalgrant/

TRIO – Transplant Recipients International Organization

  • Offers United Airlines tickets using donated miles.

http://www.trioweb.org/resources/trio-united-airlines-travel-program.html

Financial help from the donor’s or recipient’s workplace

Sometimes, programs at your work or your recipient’s work can also help with costs.

Travel refunds
If your recipient has insurance through their job, check whether this insurance has any travel benefits for living donors. Benefits like these usually pay you back after the trip happens and send the refund check to the recipient. 

Paid leave
Check with your job’s human resources or union rep to find out if there is paid leave specifically for living donors. You may also want to check with your donor social worker from the transplant center. Human resource reps sometimes don’t know about these benefits.

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