Living DonationLiving Donation

DonorConnect is honored to work with our local transplant centers and includes living donation opportunities in our community outreach and educational programs.

Good Samaritan Living Donation – Living donors, not knowing the recipient of their gift, make their donation purely out of selfless motives. This type of donation is also referred to as anonymous or non-directed donation. Recipients are those at the top of the local wait list.


Liver Donation

Living liver donation involves removing part of a person’s healthy liver and using it replace a recipient’s liver. The liver of the donor regrows to its original size and will work normally within 6 months.

University of Utah’s Living Kidney Program

Intermountain Health Care Living Donation Program


Kidney Donation

Paired Kidney Donation – Consists of two donors who are incompatible with their intended recipients. The two recipients swap donors so that each can receive a compatible kidney. Once the evaluations of all donors and recipients are completed, the two donations and transplants are scheduled simultaneously.

Kidney List Donation – A live donor is incompatible with the intended recipient and donates to the waiting list. In return, the intended recipient advances on the waiting list, receiving a kidney much more quickly.

The National Kidney Donation Organization (NKDO) is an organization of Living Donors who help mentor those looking to donate a kidney as well as helping those who are in need of a kidney transplant. NKDO provides education and information to prospective living kidney donors. If you are interested in learning more about living kidney donation, please visit their website at

University of Utah’s Living Kidney Program

Intermountain Health Care Living Donation Program

Every Community Needs Heroes!

Making the decision to donate life is a generous, heroic act. One organ and tissue donor can save 8 lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. Be a hero and register as a donor today.
Register As A Donor

Blood Donation

American Red Cross -

  • With each pint of donated blood, the donor can help save the lives of as many as three critically ill or injured people. The American Red Cross Blood Services counts on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to help assure a safe and adequate blood supply is on hand.

The American Red Cross hosts eleven mobile blood drives across the state each business day, as well as maintaining donor centers in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem, and St. George. Donation hours vary by location. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE for more information

ARUP Blood Services -

Your local, independent blood center proudly serving:

  • Primary Children’s Medical Center
  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute

There are more than 40 hospitals in Utah but these four alone use around 25-percent of the blood in the state. ARUP serves the only two children’s hospitals in Utah and blood for babies must be less than five days old. This creates an ongoing need for fresh blood everyday of the year. ARUP needs 100 whole blood donors a day and 20 platelet donors a day. Join the “Blood Donors for Babies” club, or find out other ways you can save lives by donating platelets or hosting a blood drive at your church, school, business, or community organization.

United Blood Services -

  • United Blood Services has been serving 44 hospitals in New Mexico and the Four Corners Region since 1951, which includes communities in southeastern Utah. They have centers located in Farmington, Durango, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Carlsbad, and their main center is in Albuquerque.

Bone Marrow Donation

Each year, approximately 30,000 patients in the U.S. will be diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, which are treatable by a marrow or stem cell transplant. Just one in three will find a donor match within their family. If you would like to help, join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry — all it takes is a simple blood test. Anyone between the ages of 18-60 and in good general health can join the registry.

A Guide For Families

DonorConnect’s Family Support Coordinators and staff are with the family throughout the donation process guiding and supporting them.

A Guide for Families" booklet was created as an additional resource given to families with explanations about the donation processes, timelines, and resources to help them grieve.