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. 

Read the Stories of Hope behind donation and transplantation.


Let’s come together to increase awareness in diverse communities about organ and tissue donation

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 

Join us at Upcoming Events

Plainfield National Night Out
August 3, 2021 | 6:00pm-10:00pm
City Hall | Watchung Avenue at East 6th Street, Plainfield
Summit National Night Out
August 3, 2021 | 6:00pm
Village Green | 356 Broad Street, Summit

Town Hall Discussion on Organ and Tissue Donation

August 14, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am
Hosted by We Are Our Sisters Keeper in partnership with NJ Sharing Network
Garden State Grand Lodge, 875 Sanford Avenue, Irvington

2021 Passaic County Fair
August 12, 2021 | 6:00-11:00pm
August 13, 2021 | 6:00-11:00pm
August 14, 2021 | 3:00-11:00pm
August 15, 2021 | 3:00-11:00pm
Garret Mountain Reservation, 8 Mountain Ave, Woodland Park


Stay tuned for more events!


Share our statistics flyer (English/Spanish) 

Donation Needs Diversity Stats Flyer
English JPG, PDF
Spanish JPG, PDF


Download social media graphics

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". 

Facebook Cover Photo

English, Spanish

Social Media Posts 

English, Spanish
English, Spanish
English, Spanish
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 Sample posts to accompany graphics

  • 67% 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

Facebook Frame!

Add a #DonationNeedsDiversity frame to your Facebook profile! Go to “Update your Profile Pic” on Facebook and tap “Add Frame”. Search for "NJSN #DonationNeedsDiversity" or "NJSN #DonationNeedsDiversity_Spanish" to add your frame!

#DonationNeedsDiversity FB Frame


Request a National Minority Donor Awareness Month Proclamation in your town

Here is a Sample Proclamation

FAQ - Requesting a Proclamation


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 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. 

Be sure to share your decision with your family and friends.