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Donor Network West is a federally designated nonprofit, 501(c)3, organ procurement and tissue recovery organization (OPO) with headquarters in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Established in 1987, we serve more than 13 million people and connect a donor’s gift to those in need in 45 counties in northern California and northern Nevada.

Donor Network West’s mission is to saves and heals lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research. We honor and respect the donors and families we serve with compassionate care and inspire our communities to donate life.

Donor Network West is proud to be a Donate Life organization and an accredited member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Learn more about Donor Network West.

We proudly serve 175 hospitals in 45 counties and more than 13 million people in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Donor Network West works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients. View the map of our service area.

One donor can save up to 8 people through organ donation and can heal up to 75 people with their tissues.

Visit our organ donation facts and statistics page for additional information.

what one organ donor can do
organs that can be donated

The terminology used to describe and report on organ and tissue donation has evolved due to changes in the field and at the request of donor families out of respect for their loved ones. For example, the word “recovery” (as in “organ recovery” or “tissue recovery”) has replaced “harvest”, as the universally adopted term. Below is a list of several other dated donation-related terms and their preferred uses.

Correct Incorrect
Recover/Recovery Harvest/Harvesting
Deceased Donation/Deceased Donor Cadaveric/Cadaver
Mechanical Support or Ventilated Support Life Support
Donation after Cardiac Death Non-heart-beating Donation
Donor Network West California Transplant Donor Network

For an expansive list of terms and topics specific to organ and tissue donation, click here.

Reno Arch Turned Blue and Green for National Donate Life Month

Reno Arch Turned Blue and Green for National Donate Life Month

Donor Network West Records Highest Number of Multiethnic Organ Donors in 2021

Donor Network West Records Highest Number of Multiethnic Organ Donors in 2021

Donor Network West Announces Northern Nevada Advisory Council Members

Donor Network West Announces Northern Nevada Advisory Council Members

16-Year-Old Bay Area Pediatric Transplant Recipient Selected to Ride the Donate Life Float at the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day

16-Year-Old Bay Area Pediatric Transplant Recipient Selected to Ride the Donate Life Float at the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day

20-Year-Old NorCal Organ Transplant Recipient to Participate in the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day

20-Year-Old NorCal Organ Transplant Recipient to Participate in the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day

Bay Area Mother Saved by Organ Transplant Selected as Rose Parade® Float Rider

Bay Area Mother Saved by Organ Transplant Selected as Rose Parade® Float Rider

East Bay Mother and Organ Donor Siwutha Meas to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade

East Bay Mother and Organ Donor Siwutha Meas to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade

Lizzy Hammond to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade with Memorial Floral Portrait

Lizzy Hammond to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade with Memorial Floral Portrait
Reno Arch Turned Blue and Green for National Donate Life Month Reno Arch Turned Blue and Green...
Donor Network West Records Highest Number of Multiethnic Organ Donors in 2021 Donor Network West Records Highest Number...
Donor Network West Announces Northern Nevada Advisory Council Members Donor Network West Announces Northern Nevada...
16-Year-Old Bay Area Pediatric Transplant Recipient Selected to Ride the Donate Life Float at the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day 16-Year-Old Bay Area Pediatric Transplant Recipient...
20-Year-Old NorCal Organ Transplant Recipient to Participate in the 2022 Rose Parade® on New Year’s Day 20-Year-Old NorCal Organ Transplant Recipient to...
Bay Area Mother Saved by Organ Transplant Selected as Rose Parade® Float Rider Bay Area Mother Saved by Organ...
East Bay Mother and Organ Donor Siwutha Meas to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade East Bay Mother and Organ Donor...
Lizzy Hammond to be Honored at the 133rd Rose Parade with Memorial Floral Portrait Lizzy Hammond to be Honored at...

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