If you need a kidney but do not have a donor willing to donate on your behalf, the National Kidney Registry offers several programs to help you find a donor.
A free, personalized website designed to help you find a living kidney donor. There are two types of sites—starter and custom—depending on a patient’s level of comfort. You can post pictures and tell the story of why you need a kidney. You can then share it through email, social media and face-to-face with the 250 free business cards you will receive after the site is activated. Learn more about microsites.
Patient Training (Piloting)
- In Person Training: A one-day training seminar for those with microsites on how to effectively and completely utilize a microsite to find a donor.
- Virtual Training: A virtual presentation of how to conduct a successful donor search campaign utilizing a microsite, hosted by a living kidney voucher donor, a donor search expert coach and a living donor recipient.
Donor Search Expert Coach (Piloting)
The National Kidney Registry has partnered with several individuals who are experts at running successful donor search campaigns who will coach microsite patients on how to write their best possible microsite and utilize social media, the business cards and other methods of communication and outreach to find a living donor. The goal of this program is to be able to allocate a coach to every microsite patient who wants a coach. As it stands in the pilot program, there are very few microsite coaches and thus the ability to have one is limited.
Waitlist Mass Mailings
A mass hard-copy mailing to all patients on a transplant center’s deceased donor waitlist to inform them of microsites and allow them to self-register for a microsite at www.nkr.org/register with a unique, six character access code.
Within two weeks of your starter site activating, you will receive 250 business cards with your name and microsite URL to hand out to anyone you meet who may be interested in learning more. The URL does not change if you choose to convert your starter site into a custom site.
Our donor search process keeps track of how involved the patient is and whether or not they get transplanted, allowing for data analysis of the success of this system as well as how best to utilize this system.