National Initiatives

Our #DonationNeedsDiversity initiative honors the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ and tissue donors. It is a time to promote healthful living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.  


Walgreens Logo

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, July 20 at Walgreens/Duane Reade locations in Newark, Jersey City, Camden, East Orange, Union and Paterson in support of our #DonationNeedsDiversity initiative! 
View additional photos on Facebook! 

Cultural Potluck Luncheon

Thanks to all who helped us celebrate diversity in organ donation at our Cultural Potluck Luncheon on July 31! 

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Live Healthy Move Logo

Saturday, August 17, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Military Park - 51 Park Place, Newark

 Free and open to all! 
Featuring health screenings, fitness activities, nutrition info and lots of family fun!  
Learn more at

Multicultural communites have the power to save lives

People of most races and ethnicities in the U.S. donate in proportion to their representation in the population. The need for transplant in some groups, however, is disproportionately high, frequently due to a high incidence of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, both of which can lead to the need for a kidney transplant.

There are nearly 4,000 people in NJ currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. 66% are people of color.


A greater diversity of donors increases access to transplantation for everyone 

Although organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity, and people of different races frequently match one another, all individuals waiting for an organ transplant will have a better chance of receiving one if there are large numbers of donors from their racial/ethnic background. This is because of compatible blood types and tissue markers—critical qualities for donor/recipient matching—are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity. 


Get the facts about organ donation

  • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors
  • The decision to be an organ donor will in no way affect the level of medical care for a sick or injured person.
  • Organs are matched according to medical need, compatibility and location. A patient’s income, race or social status is never taken into account.
  • Most religions support organ donation and consider it the greatest gift a person can give. 
  • One organ and tissue donor can save 8 lives and restore health to over 75 others.  

Learn more 

Download our statistics flyer (English/Spanish) 

Social Media

Help spread the word by downloading and sharing our #DonationNeedsDiversity graphics on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Sample text for your posts is also included below.  

To download graphics, right click on image and choose "Save Image As". 


 Sample posts to accompany graphics

  • 66% of those waiting for a life-saving transplant in New Jersey are people of color. Get the facts about organ and tissue donation at #DonationNeedsDiversity

  • A greater diversity of donors increases access to transplantation for everyone. Learn more about organ and tissue donation and get involved at #DonationNeedsDiversity 

  • There are 162 people in Newark currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. A greater diversity of donors increases access to transplantation for everyone. Learn more at #DonationNeedsDiversity 

(tip: to customize your post, find out how many people in your town are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant at

 Add a #DonationNeedsDiversity frame to your Facebook profile photo!

Simply click the update button on your profile photo, choose Add Frame and search for Donation Needs Diversity.

 Register as an organ and tissue donor  

 Registration takes less than one minute with 3 easy ways to sign up: 

iphone app1. iPhone Health App: iPhone users with iOS 10 and above can quickly and easily join the National Donate Life Registry using the Health app

2. Online by clicking the below button:

3. Visit your local Motor Vehicle Agency

Saying "yes" is legal consent to the donation of your organs and tissue for transplantation and therapy. For those 18 years and older, your decision to donate cannot be revoked by anyone but you.  

Talk with your family about organ and tissue donation

 Talea"Talea came into this world a miracle and she left the same way. My family was so happy to be able to share the gift of life through organ donation with other families."

Lakisha Bray
Mother of organ donor Talea Joy Sokes