Donation & Transplantation

"We are deeply humbled and honored to serve a community that supports the mission of donation. Thanks to this support and the dedication of our team and partners, 2018 was a remarkably impactful year."

—Susan Gunderson, LifeSource CEO

42,600+ Tissue 61 Hearts 133 Livers 286 Kidneys 2 Intestines 82 Lungs 22 Pancreas
905 Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Honored

67% of adults in our region now say "yes" to donation—a 3% increase over 2017.

Our communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin say YES to donation at a far greater rate than the national average of 58%. That’s how we saw 567 organs transplanted, 326 corneas transplanted, and over 50,000+ tissue grafts shared in our region.*

Just one person’s generous gift of donation can heal up to 75 lives. Still, over 3,300 people continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant in our region. Our mission to save lives and offer hope and healing is as important as ever.

* Some donors gave the gift of both organs and eyes or tissue, which means the number of organ, eye and tissue donors adds up to a sum greater than the total number of LifeSource donors.

In 2018, We Served


Organ Donors

Tied for record year, with 567 organs transplanted.

In 2018, We Served


Tissue Donors

A record year, potentially healing as many as 50,000 lives.

In 2018, We Served


Eye Donors

326 corneas transplanted since May 1, 2018.

In Our Region, There Are


people waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Over 113,785 people are waiting nationwide.
Anyone can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor!

We partnered with more than 270 hospitals and 9 transplant centers in 2018.

These partnerships are the cornerstone of our efforts to make donation happen for the families we serve.

That's the second-largest geographic service area in the nation,
nearly 235,000 square miles.

905 new Donor Aftercare families added in 2018

to our Donor Family Aftercare Program.

Partner Transplant Programs


2225 West River Road North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Tel: 612.800.6100 · Toll-Free: 1.888.536.6283 · Fax: 612.800.6331

LifeSource is a private, nonprofit organization and all charitable contributions are tax deductible.