AST Partners with David Foster Foundation to Promote Circle of Excellence

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The AST has partnered with the David Foster Foundation to spread awareness about the AST Living Donor Circle of Excellence and the ongoing need for organ and tissue donor registrations across North America. To view the full press release, click here.

There are 107,000 people waiting for an organ transplant within the U.S. and Canada combined, and we are joining forces to raise awareness of the critical need for registered organ donors and encourage the support of a ground-breaking initiative that is reshaping the support of living transplant donors.

The AST Living Donor Circle of Excellence is a no-cost recognition program which celebrates companies that offer paid sick leaves to employees who become living donors. The financial hardships associated with living organ donations are one of the major discouragements, and this program makes living donations more accessible.

How can you help? There are multiple ways to support organ and tissue donations, including:

  • Visit the David Foster Foundation at and AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence at
  • Register to become an organ donor and share your wishes with your family
  • Talk to your employer about becoming a member of the Circle of Excellence