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National Minority Donor Awareness Month Resources

Please find 2022 NMDAM downloadable materials below!

Multicultural communities play a vital role in donation and transplantation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month, celebrated each August:

  • Focuses on outreach to provide education about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
  • Encourages donor registration and family conversations about donation.
  • Promotes healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

NMDAM helps address concerns and raise awareness of the importance of organ donation among communities of color, which make up nearly 60 percent of the more than 100,000 people on the national transplant waitlist. NMDAM is also a time to honor the multicultural heroes who made up 30 percent of living and deceased organ donors last year.

Working together, we can increase the donor registry in multicultural communities, build a positive culture of organ, tissue and cornea donation in all communities and achieve a day when no patient dies waiting for a second chance at life.

Here are resources to share and commemorate National Minority Donor Awareness Month:

To arrange programs or speakers and get involved with National Minority Donor Awareness Month, contact Leslie Jean-Mary at LJean-Mary@donors1.org



Multicultural Communities in Donation and Transplantation…
  • Make up 60% of people currently on the U.S. transplant waiting list.
  • Make up 47% of people who received organ transplants in 2021.
  • Make up 30% of deceased and living organ donors in 2021.
Organ Donation among African Americans
  • 28% of people waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the nation are African American.
  • In 2021, more than 15% of the organ donors in Gift of Life’s region were African American.
  • In 2021, 22% of organ transplant recipients nationally were African American.
  • African Americans are three times to four times more likely to have kidney failure than Caucasians.
Organ Donation among Hispanics/Latinos
  • 21% of people waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the nation are Hispanic/Latino.
  • In 2021, 12% of the organ donors in Gift of Life’s region were Hispanic/Latino.
  • In 2021, 18% of organ transplant recipients nationally were Hispanic/Latino.
Organ Donation among Asian/Pacific Islander population
  • 9% of people waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the nation are Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • In 2021, there were 665 deceased and living Asian/Pacific Islander donors nationally.
  • In 2021, 6% of organ transplant recipients nationally were Asian/Pacific Islander.

*All data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network or National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases