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Frequently Asked Questions

Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor is an incredible gift! It means that you are agreeing to donate your organs, eyes and tissues to people in need when your life is over. Learn the facts about registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor. We understand you may have questions. If we haven’t answered your questions here, please contact us.

About Donation

Will donation affect the appearance of the donor?

Does my religion allow donation?

How long can organs and tissues survive before being transplanted?

Can organs and tissues be donated to someone of a different race or ethnicity?

Why is it important for me to talk about donation with my family?

What is the Wisconsin Donor Registry


What is the DLW grants program?

DLW is authorized to provide funds to organizations to promote the donation of organs and tissue, to promote organ and tissue transplant research, and to advance patient services involving organ and tissue transplants in Wisconsin.

What is an eligible organization/who can apply?

May organizations collaborate on a proposed project?

Can an organization that provides services in states other than Wisconsin be eligible?

Can an individual apply for a DLW grant to encourage organ and tissue donation?

What are permitted use of funds?

What are examples of expenses not permitted?

What components must be In the letter of intent (LOI)?

How can an organization apply for a DLW grant?

What are the largest and smallest amounts that an organization may request?

What are the reporting requirements?

What is the timeline?

Living Donation

What organs can a person donate?

The two most transplanted organs from a living donor is either a kidney or segment of a liver.

What are the benefits of a living donor transplant vs. deceased donor transplant?

What factors should be considered in making the decision to donate?

Who can be a living donor?

Does a person need to match the blood type of a potential recipient in order to donate?

What is a Paired Kidney Exchange?

What does living donation surgery involve?

What are the risks that should be considered before becoming a living donor?

Will the donor’s lifestyle change after donation?

What is recovery like for a living donor?

Can women get pregnant/have children after organ donation?

Who pays for a donor’s medical costs?

What is a donor’s overall experience after living donation?