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Last updated on February 23, 2018 by Matthew G. Kamine. (Please consider sending us a contribution at our office address specifically to help cover the administrative costs of updating this database – click here)

Please note that the information given here is intended as a general guideline. Please look into the specifics in your state to determine definitely if you qualify for one of the benefits listed here.  Your living organ donor coordinator may be a good resource for such information.

Most benefits are available in the state where you live, but also check for potential benefits in the state where you are donating if you are donating outside the state where you live.

Please discuss with your organ recipient options that may be available through his or her insurance.  Some private insurance companies offer transplant recipients travel and lodging benefits but do not care if recipients use that benefit themselves, or for a companion caregiver, or a donor.

There is one Federal program that provides money for travel and subsistence living for donors whose recipients can demonstrate need, please go to for more details.

All Federal Employees are eligible to take up to 30 days a year of paid leave for donating organs or seven days of paid leave for donating bone marrow. 5 U.S.C. § 6327.

Alaska allows state employees between 40 and 80 hours of paid leave for screening and bone morrow or solid organ donation. Employees must average at least 30 hours worked per week to qualify. AS § 39.20.275.  Paid leave granted under this provision also applies to time spent on the screening process to determine if an employee is a compatible donor. If you work for a local government, please ask your human resources official if a similar provision has been adopted at your level of government.

Alaska has no tax deductions or tax credits for donation related expenses.

Please see for statutory updates and possible bills under consideration.  See for executive (administrative) orders.

If you work for a private company, check with your employer about the possibility of employer sponsored donation related paid  leave.

Check with the living organ donor coordinator and/or transplant social worker at the transplant center where you plan to donate for more information about local organizations that support living donors.


Private non-government groups

(Many of these groups are set up to help transplant recipients but will also help organ donors)

The Alaska Kidney Patients Association (AKPA) is dedicated to providing kidney patients with education, support, and advocacy, as well as promoting organ donation and the prevention of kidney disease.

The Alaska Transplant Resource Group strives to support Alaska donor families, while also catering to the transplant needs of patients.

The “Other Living Donor Support Organizations” button on the right hand side of our home page lists some national organizations that may be of assistance.