Living Donor Circle of Excellence


The financial hardships associated with living organ donation still remain to be a major disincentive for many donors. Although there are initiatives and programs to compensate for some out-of-pocket expenses, most employers haven't established policies to provide coverage for lost wages. AST's Living Donor Circle of Excellence aims to eliminate the financial costs of living organ donation by recognizing companies who support living donation through providing lost wages. For more information on becoming a member of AST's Circle of Excellence, or a Supporting Partner, please contact JoAnn Gwynn, Chief Development Officer, at

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The Founding Partner of AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence program is UnitedHealth Group (UHG). Without the instrumental inspiration and support provided by UHG, the creation and implementation of this program wouldn’t have been possible. The AST looks forward to a successful partnership for years to come.

A Supporting Partner of the Living Donor Circle of Excellence program provides monetary or in-kind support to ensure the sustainability of the program. The ongoing commitment of a Supporting Partner enables the AST to meet program goals, while contributing to increased recruitment efforts.


Members are organizations that understand the importance of implementing policies to financially support an employee recovering from donating an organ. These organizations have committed to adhering to guidelines that provide this support to encourage those considering the altruistic act of living organ donation.