New York waiting list candidates as of today: 2000

You are that ray of hope.

Register Here To Become A Donor

Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

May 25, 2011

Every year, more than 1,500 people receive kidneys, livers, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, with more than 10,000 New Yorkers still on waiting lists, the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestine) can save up to eight lives, while tissue donors (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve fifty or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and prevent the loss of mobility and disability.

By enrolling in the Donate Life New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, you are giving legal consent for the recovery of your organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of your death.

Recent News

Oct. 6 is Donor Enrollment Day!

October 5, 2016

Thursday, October 6 is Organ Donor Enrollment Day in New York State and we're asking for your help.

We are rallying community members to make October 6th, 2016 the day to take action and join the New York State Donate Life Registry.

During last year's inaugural Organ Donor Enrollment Day, 3,100 New Yorkers made the decision to register as organ and tissue donors. Let's shatter that record in 2016!

Even more, Organ Donor Enrollment Day generated hope: New Yorkers do care, New Yorkers will take action and New York can do great things!

Young Adult Enrollment Bill (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) Championed by Assemblyman Ortiz and Senator Hannon Signed Into Law

September 23, 2016

With assistance from the statewide donation community, New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) announces the successful passage of legislation (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) that will permit New Yorkers aged 16 or older to enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was eighteen. Now, sixteen and seventeen year olds will be able check "yes" and join the NYS Donate Life Registry when visiting the DMV to obtain a learner's permit, registering to vote, or any other means allowable by the NYS Department of Health.

The law is removing barriers for young adults to fulfill what they feel is an important community responsibility, signing up as an organ and tissue donor. This is a significant change in policy for New York State and was a crucial step towards reducing the number of people waiting for their lifesaving transplant.

The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 17, 2016, makes New York the forty-ninth state to have either no restriction on the minimum age for an organ and tissue donor or allow for registration at an age younger than 18. The new law goes into effect February 14, 2017.


ACTION ALERT! Young Adult Enrollment Legislation Needs Your Help!

June 1, 2016

The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is launching an important call to action to urge the CO-SPONSORS of the Young Adult legislation (A.4990-B/S.5313-A), which authorizes persons 16 years of age or older to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry, to contact Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and urge him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. We will be contacting our champions that support the legislation and asking them to advocate to the Speaker on our behalf.

As NYAD is requesting that you call ALL the legislators in the table below that correspond with your region by Fri., June 10. These are NOT constituency based calls, so you will not be necessarily contacting your representative. You will be calling ALL the co-sponsors of the Young Adult legislation in your areas (in NYC there will be a significant number lawmakers that need to be contacted by each volunteer). Below are the instructions for the alert:

  1. Review the table below and identify ALL the co-sponsors in your region (i.e. Capital District, NYC, Lower Hudson Valley, etc.).
  2. Using the provided contact information, call ALL the lawmakers in your region and deliver the following message:

"I wanted to thank the Assemblymember for supporting A.4990B, which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to register their intent to donate their organs, eyes, and tissue in the Donate Life Registry. We are seeking your assistance in getting this bill passed before the end of the legislative session. We would greatly appreciate it if the Assemblymember would communicate their support of the bill to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and urge him to allow the bill to be voted on in the Assembly."

Your voice is critically important to our efforts to expand opportunities for New Yorkers to enroll in the Donate Life Registry. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to NYAD's Executive Director, Aisha Tator at 518-326-3237 x 12 or by email at

Thank you for being an advocate for the donation community!

New Law Gives New Yorkers Another Opportunity to Register as Lifesaving Organ Donors

May 26, 2016

Governor Cuomo signs legislation that provides the option to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry on New York State of Health applications

Albany, NY- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo has signed A.9667-A (Gunther) / S.6952-A (Hannon) into law. Beginning in 2017, New Yorkers applying for health insurance through the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange, will have the opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry directly on their health plan applications.

Statewide Initiative Seeks Development Director

April 27, 2016

Job description
Position: Development Director
Classification: Fulltime-Salaried
Reports to: Executive Director

About NYAD:
NYAD's mission is to increase organ and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion and research. NYAD's vision is to ensure every New Yorker waiting for a lifesaving transplant receives one. Our organization is comprised of the four organ procurement organizations, state licensed eye and tissue banks and/or processors, and affiliates including dedicated donation and transplantation professionals.

Facts about Organ Donation:
New York is facing a public health crisis where the need for life saving and life enhancing organ and tissue donations for transplant surgeries far exceeds the supply. Today, more than 10,000 men, women and children in New York are listed on the national transplant waiting list overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). New York residents make up approximately 10 percent of the patients on the waiting list. The average waiting time for someone to receive a kidney transplant in New York is approximately 5 years; the average waiting time for a life-saving liver transplant is more than two years. Every 16 hours, one New Yorker dies because of the lack of organs available for transplant; more than 500 died last year because an organ did not become available in time to save their life. An individual who makes the decision to give an anatomical gift has the power to save up to 8 lives. Thousands more can benefit from receiving a cornea or tissue transplant.

Job Summary:
The State Director of Development is a new position for NYAD. The professional serving in this position will be responsible for working with the Executive Director to grow income streams and ensure NYAD's financial well-being in order to support the organization's lifesaving mission of increasing organ, eye and tissue donations. As a newly created functional area, the State Director of Development will establish a development program, create processes and procedures, and draft a comprehensive annual plan (with agreed upon financial goals) for increasing and diversifying financial resources to support NYAD's programs and services.