Potential Living Donor Database: Find a Living Donor or Become One!

Imagine you or a loved one have just found out that you need an organ transplant to survive. Where do you begin?

While you may be on the transplant waitlist, 16 people will die today waiting for an organ that could have come from a living donor. In some states it can take many years to receive a transplant; in California, it takes an average of 10 to 12 years. For some people, that is too late. In addition, transplants that come from a living donor generally have better outcomes in the long run.

On the other hand, imagine you have a desire to save a life through living donation but have so many questions and no idea where to start. Aside from providing a comprehensive Living Donor Toolkit, the American Transplant Foundation’s Potential Living Donor Database aims to fulfill these gaps.

A new, one-of-a-kind free program, the Potential Living Donor Database (PLDD) is an innovative approach to bridging the connection between those who are seeking an organ donor and those who are willing to consider doing so. This completely free program offers end-to-end transplant patient support solutions.

Take, for example, Robb. Robb is a loving father and husband from Colorado who, despite many years of battling his kidney disease, was losing the battle and his kidneys began to fail.  Robb reached out to the American Transplant Foundation to have his story published through our Potential Living Donor Database. In his own words, “A living donor will give me the opportunity to be around for my daughters as they grow up”. Thankfully, through the support of the PLDD and his ATF mentor John, Robb found a living donor and was successfully transplanted in 2021!

We have also partnered with Missy Franklin, a five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist, to promote this program as she helps her father and aunt find living donors. Watch their story here.


For those interested in becoming a living donor:

  • More information and resources to determine if living donation is right for you.
  • Information on how to take the first step, whether you’re donating to someone you know or to a stranger.
  • The opportunity to view profiles of people looking for a living donor including how to get tested to be their match, if interested.
  • The ability to speak directly to another living donor for questions or support through the whole process through our free 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program.
  • The opportunity to speak with one of our trained Living Donor Ambassadors (living donors themselves) who can help with any step in the process.

For those who are seeking a living donor:

  • The opportunity to have your very own webpage created on our website for potential living donors to view.
  • Through our free 1+1=LIFE Mentorship program, the ability to speak directly to a mentor who has been through the transplant process and can help with answering questions, providing support, and suggesting ideas for finding a living donor.
  • Complimentary high-quality “business cards” designed and mailed directly to your door with your picture, a QR code to your webpage, and a statement on your search for a living kidney donor.
  • The chance to share a personal video message with our 16k+ social media followers.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this program, please email us at support@americantransplantfoundation.org