Donate Life New York State (NYS) respectfully requests the NYS Legislature continue its commitment to saving lives through organ and tissue donation by restoring the $500,000 appropriation to Donate Life NYS in your one house budget proposals.
Past funding has been utilized to develop a comprehensive series of programs aimed at increasing organ and tissue donation across the state. Programs developed thanks to generous funding from New York State include public outreach and awareness campaigns in DMV and County Clerk’s offices, public and professional educational programs (High School Curriculum, New York State Bar Association CLE, Nursing Education), and the development of New York’s first statewide enrollment campaign.
The $500,000 in requested funding will be invested in much needed market research that will be used to develop an up-to-date enrollment campaign aimed at increasing organ and tissue donor registration rates in low donation areas of the state. A comprehensive statewide market research study aimed at increasing Registry enrollments has not been undertaken since 2016, and due to reductions in funding, the current enrollment campaign has been utilized for more than four years.
With the generous support of the Legislature’s past inclusion of critical funding and passage of progressive legislation, the New York State Donate Life Registry (Registry) has made significant progress.
Even when faced with unparalleled challenges brought on by the historic pandemic, the Registry grew by 432,173 enrollments in 2020, increasing total enrollments to more than 6.5 million New Yorkers, 43% of NY’s eligible population.
Thank you for your consideration of this funding request. Your leadership and support for these funds gives hope to the 8,549 patients and families across New York waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and the thousands of others in need of healing tissue and cornea transplants.