Having trouble making ends meet? Ask your social worker or transplant coordinator to apply for our financial assistance program  (lost wages due to organ donation, prevention of insurance loss, and access to anti-rejection medication during insurance gap-periods for recipients).

The American Transplant Foundation is proud to be able to provide real help to real families when they need it the most. We help living donors to cover essential living expenses due to lost wages during recovery after your surgery. For transplant recipients, we help with delinquent insurance premiums to prevent loss of insurance coverage, medication co-payments during insurance gap periods, and/or changes to insurance provider. Please see below for specific guidelines.  To learn more about how the Patient Assistance Program works, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions here:  Patient Assistance Program FAQs . For other financial assistance resources, you can download our most updated guide for 2019 here

To date, we've provided $820,000 to living donors and transplant recipients nationwide, and worked with over 80 transplant centers.

Our program is designed to provide  financial assistance for the most vulnerable patients with significant financial hardship. Our goal is to provide support to living donors so they won’t be in a financial trouble after giving the Gift of Life and to ensure transplant recipients have access to medication that keeps them alive. 

This is the only program of its kind that is available nationwide that provides emergency financial assistance grants to transplant recipients and living organ donors, regardless of their legal status. All financial decisions are made by our Transplant Leadership Council (TLC) members. 

We do not receive any government funding and rely on generous individuals to provide lifesaving donations that benefit patients in need.

 We focus our funding on the most financially vulnerable patients who fit the following criteria:

Living Donors -

  • Who will experience extreme financial need as a result of taking unpaid time off  to recover after saving a life and have very limited financial resources
  • Who will experience lost wages during their hospital stay and/or recovery due to organ donation
  • Who will not be able to donate an organ without facing financial crisis and assistance from our organization is critical

Priority is given to living donors who:

  • Lack paid time off to cover lost wages and/or disability benefits/access to employee assistance programs
  • Have multiple dependents
  • Have no social support/no opportunity to do fundraising through nonprofit organizations to cover expenses associated with donation
  • Have a recipient who is unable to help with any direct expenses related to donation
  • Have a physically demanding job that will require a longer post-surgery recovery
  • Are non-directed living donors
  • Both recipient and donor are members of the same household, both are employed and will be affected by lost wages

Transplant Recipients -

  • Who have delinquent insurance premiums to prevent loss of insurance coverage
  • Who have medication co-payments during insurance gap periods and/or changes in their insurance provider 

Due to a high volume of applications, social workers/living donor coordinators need to submit applications as much in advance as possible, at least 2-3 weeks before the surgery dateApplications may only be submitted by social workers and transplant coordinators. Please talk to your social worker/transplant coordinator and refer them to our website.

Once the application is submitted (for living donors- along with an employer letter), expect the processing time to be 2-3 weeks to receive a funding decision from the volunteer voting committee via email. Unfortunately, we cannot consider incomplete applications. Please make sure to submit an employer letter with the application. 

UPDATED: Patient assistance program General Guidelines

Please read these guidelines closely before applying


Please read these guidelines closely before applying

PDF Application Guides: NOTE - Please review our updated guidelines before submitting the application

We care deeply that these funds remain available to patients when they need it the most. If your transplant center is interested in supporting the Patient Assistance Program to help ensure patients receive this emergency assistance, please contact us.

Transplant Recipient Application guidelines

Please read these guidelines closely before applying

PDF Application Guides: NOTE - Please review our updated guidelines before submitting the application

A special thank you to our Gold Level Patient Assistance Fund Sponsor, The New York Presbyterian Hospital


You can make a donation to this program in honor or in memory of someone here

For more information, please email us here.