Potential Donors

Kidney For Ed Utilizes Mayo Clinic Requirements, National Kidney Foundation, National Pair Registry, Polycystic Kidney Foundation, and the American Transplant Foundation

Eligibility To Be A Living Kidney Donor

Eligibility To Be A Living Kidney Donor

  • An individual must be 18-70 years old
  • Can be any blood type, but O Positive to be a direct match for Ed, but direct matches are no longer needed due to the National Pair Registry-Pair Matching Program.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI for short) of 35 or less.
  • Health Condition Disqualifiers: uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, active or recently treated cancer, HIV, hepatitis, or acute or recurring infections, any other form of serious health condition.

Free Courses

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) helps you make an informed decision to become a living kidney donor by teaching and helping an individual understand the following information:

  • Identify treatment options for kidney failure.
  • Understand living and deceased donor transplantation, including benefits and risks
  • Understand the transplant process, including evaluation, the waiting list, surgery, financial considerations, and how to start.
  • Identify common misconceptions about transplant and living donation
  • Access resources that are available to support

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is a charitable organization committed to preventing kidney disease, raising awareness about organ donation, and helping those impacted by kidney issues. Established in 1950, the NKF’s goal is to enhance the health and quality of life of individuals dealing with kidney problems through educational efforts, advocacy work, and research projects. They offer resources to spot and manage kidney disease early on, advocate for policies that make kidney care more accessible, and fund research to develop better treatments and eventually find a cure for kidney ailments. Furthermore, the NKF offers various support services like hotlines, peer support programs, and community events to aid individuals and families affected by kidney disease.

For any questions or suggestions about this activity, please email learningcenter@kidney.org For additional resources or support, visit kidney.org or call the NKF Cares helpline at 855.NKF.CARES (855.653.2273).


Body Mass Index (BMI)

In 2023, the National Kidney Foundation produced an article on the importance of “Weight Management for Kidney Patients and Living Donors.” While the article recognizes requirements can differ from medical center to medical center. For this reason, kidney patients attending the facility as a patient must have a BMI of 38 or less. Living kidney donors must have a BMI of 35 or less. The following is the link to the article from the National Kidney Foundation and a link to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention BMI calculator.

Living Donor Transplant

There are two types of living donor transplants. In the following link by the Mayo Clinic, you will briefly learn the difference between direct and non-direct donations, as well as further information to assist in making an informed decision, such as choosing the right transplant medical center for you.

For more information, please use the following directory link to contact the Mayo Clinic of your choosing.

All medical services related to organ donation are submitted to the recipient’s insurance. Your recipient’s insurance typically covers all medical services related to your organ donation, including your evaluation, hospitalization, surgery, follow-up care and treatment of any surgical complications. -Mayo Clinic Staff. 

Please note, this includes the evaluation process to test to become a living donor. CLICK HERE

For more information please use the following directory link to contact the Mayo Clinic of your choosing

Kidney Transplant Centers through the National Pair Registry

A listing of all US kidney transplant centers by state.

Donor Assistance Programs

National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC)-Used by the Mayo Clinic

Many people would like to donate an organ to a family member or friend, but would have trouble paying for related expenses—like transportation, lodging, food, and dependent care—that are not covered by insurance, especially if they lose wages during their recovery from donation surgery. The costs of the process can be a burden for donors and recipients; for some, these costs might make living organ donation impossible.

The National Living Donor Assistance Center exists to provide access to transplantation for those who want to donate, but face financial barriers to doing so.” -NLDC

This particular donor assistance program has the potential to assist with evaluation testing expenses if applied to before the evaluation has occurred 

  American Transplant Foundation (ATF)

“The American Transplant Foundation is proud to be able to provide real help to real families when they need it the most. We go beyond awareness by providing mentorship and financial support to patients and their families.

We help living organ donors to cover essential living expenses (i.e. rent/mortgage) due to lost wages during recovery after surgery so they can heal without facing financial troubles.

For transplant recipients, we help patients with financial support to maintain the organ that keeps them alive! We provide assistance to cover delinquent insurance premiums, overdue medication co-payments, and essential living expenses. 

This is only possible because of our generous financial donors. Thank you all for entrusting us to support the transplant community.” -ATF

National Pair Registry Donor Shield)

“Becoming a living kidney donor is a generous gift that could save someone’s life. While kidney donation is a very safe procedure, the entire process does involve a time commitment, potentially including travel and time off work, as well as some element of risk. Donor Shield is a comprehensive program designed to protect living kidney donors, make kidney donation easier and more convenient, and offer support through every step of the donation journey.”
                                                                    -National Pair Registry

“Learn more about the Donor Shield living donor assistance program, which offers a wide range of financial assistance, protection and support to living donors.” -NKR Donor Shield

 Transplant Houses for Recipients, Donors, and Cancer Patients

A transplant home is a place where individuals who have undergone organ transplantation, such as kidney, liver, heart, or lung transplant, reside during their recover period. It serves as a supportive environment where patients can receive care and assistance as they adjust to life post-transplant. Additionally, transplant house can be utilized for donors going through the evaluation process and surgery. Most major metropolitan cities have transplant houses. A simple Google search for “Transplant House” with your city included, will yield a desired result.

For the purpose of Kidney For Ed, The Gabriel House, located in Jacksonville, FL will be utilized for Ed’s potential donors evaluations, donor surgery stay if needed, and Ed’s pre and post care transplant. If you have registered to become a living kidney donor for Ed, please take a look at the following link.

 Family Medical Leave Act (FLMA)-


“In order to be eligible to take leave under the FMLA, an employee must:

work for a covered employer;
have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave; ( special hours of service rules apply to airline flight crew members ) work at a location where the employer has 50 or more employees within 75 miles; and have worked for the employer for 12 months. The 12 months of employment are not required to be consecutive in order for the employee to qualify for FMLA leave. In general, only employment within seven years is counted unless the break in service is (1) due to an employee’s fulfillment of military obligations, or (2) governed by a collective bargaining agreement or other written agreement.” 
                                                                          – US Department of Labor

FLMA- Frequently Asked Question

Tax Deduction Per State, State and Federal Donor Leave Laws American Transplant Foundation: Last Updated 2020

Tax Deduction Per State, State and Federal Donor Leave Laws National Kidney Foundation: Last updated 2022

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