The mission of Donate Life New York State is to increase organ, eye, and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion, and research. Our goal is to ensure a transplant for every New Yorker in need.
Donate Life New York State (NYS) is a non-profit organization comprised of organ and tissue recovery organizations, health professionals and individuals whose lives have been affected by donation. We serve as the statewide liaison organization to Donate Life America. Donate Life NYS is committed to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Donate Life New York State was created as a result of efforts undertaken by the New York State Task Force to Increase Organ and Tissue Donation. The Task Force, established by the Commissioner of Health in 1997, developed and implemented many important policy initiatives such as: the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry; the routine referral law; and special projects directed at increasing organ, tissue and eye donation in New York.
The Task Force, under the direction of the Department of Health (DOH), developed a strategic plan in 2001 that included the creation of a separate 501(c)3 to provide a vehicle for attracting funding from other sources while at the same time continuing to act on the agenda created by the Task Force. The members of the Task Force provided working capital to create a nonprofit organization named the New York Alliance for Donation. Corporate development occurred in 2002 with operations beginning in 2003.
In 2016, the New York Alliance for Donation was awarded the contract to design, develop, operate, and promote an enhanced organ and tissue donor registry serving the people of the state. In October of 2017, a modernized and user friendly New York State Donate Life Registry was launched. At that time, we rebranded as Donate Life New York State, aligning our name with other organizations operating Donate Life registries across the nation.