Standard Voucher Donation
By donating through the Standard Voucher Program, you can donate according to your schedule while providing a voucher for your friend or family member who is in imminent need of a transplant.
The voucher can be redeemed when your friend or family member is ready for transplant surgery. In addition to the voucher holder in imminent need, the donor can also name five family members as back-up voucher holders should the voucher holder in imminent need receive a deceased donor transplant.
When the voucher is redeemed, the voucher holder will be prioritized for a living donor kidney through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). The NKR’s Kidney for Life initiative, which utilizes the latest generation in DNA sequencing technology to assess the histologic, or eplet, mismatch between patients and donors, increases the odds of a better match for the person you are trying to help (unless they have a six-antigen match sibling donor) which usually means the transplanted kidney will last longer and the recipient will require less immune-suppressive medication.
Despite facilitating transplants for more difficult cases, NKR transplants have better outcomes compared to the typical living donor transplant in the United States.
All standard voucher donors are prioritized for a living donor transplant in the extremely rare case they ever need a kidney transplant in the future. Standard voucher donors are eligible for the support and protections covered by Donor Shield.
Finally, by donating through the Standard Voucher Program, donors are able to help more than one person in need of a transplant—the person who receives the voucher and the other person or people transplanted due to their kidney donation.