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National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month

National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month, August 1 to August 31

National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative of National Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye, and tissue donation. National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month stems from National Minority Donor Awareness Week, founded in 1996 by MOTTEP to bring heightened awareness to donation and transplantation in multicultural communities.

NMDAM is focused on outreach and education, including virtual events and messaging to:

  • Provide education about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation
  • Encourage donor registration & family conversations about donation
  • Promote healthy living and disease prevention to decrease the need for transplantation.

The National Multicultural Action Group includes the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

Multicultural Communities in Donation and Transplantation…

Over 100,000 individuals await lifesaving organ transplants. Nearly 60% of the national transplant waiting list are from multicultural communities.

African Americans/Black Americans are almost 4 times more likely than white Americans to have kidney failure. Hispanics/Latinx are 1.3 times more likely to have kidney failure than non-Hispanics. On average, African American/Black transplant candidates wait longer than White transplant candidates for kidney, heart, and lung transplants.

Visit the National Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month page;  almost all the tools contain conversation points and graphics in Spanish.

Donate Life Northwest is committed to providing education that empowers all individuals to make an informed decision about registering to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. For more information visit Disparities in Donation and Transplantation 


  • 60% of people currently on the U.S. transplant waiting list

  • More than 32,000 of those waiting are African American/Black

  • Nearly 23,000 of those waiting are Hispanic/Latino

  • Nearly 10,000 of those waiting are Asian/PacificIslander

  • Nearly 1,000 of those waiting are American Indian/Alaska Native

  • 46% of people who received organ transplants in 2019

  • 8,326 African American/Black organ transplant recipients

  • 6,707 Hispanic/Latino organ transplant recipients

  • 2,356 Asian/Pacific Islander organ transplant recipients

  • 271 American Indian/Alaska Native organ transplant recipients

  • 32% of deceased and living organ donors in 2019

  • 1,798 deceased and 617 living African American/Black donors

  • 1,770 deceased and 1,046 living Hispanic/Latino donors

  • 345 deceased and 329 living Asian/Pacific Islander donors

  • 57 deceased and 23 living American Indian/Alaska Native donors

 * Data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of May 12, 2020