Organ, brain & body donation

When you die, do you want to donate your organs, brain or body?

Why be a donor?

Donating organs can be life-giving to others who need transplants. Donating your brain or body to science can make a huge impact in education, medicine, health care and research.


Donation should not cost you or your loved ones anything. In fact, it could save money. Donation may include free cremation and other end-of-life expenses.

How to register to be a donor

It would be nice if there was one place you could indicate you want to be a donor for everything. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, that’s not the case. These donations are all handled separately.

If you want to be a donor, it’s best to register while you are alive and able. Leaving the logistics to loved ones after you are already gone may be burdensome, or may not be possible at all.

We’ve done the research for you. If you want to give the gift of donation, these are our recommendations for registration.

Register to donate your organs to help others

Register to be an organ donor when you get/renew your driver’s license or state ID.

You can also register online. Or on your iPhone.

Register to donate your brain to science

Why donate your brain? “Donated brain tissue for neurologic study is critically needed to identify treatments and cures for all kinds of brain disease.”1 Think autism, dementia, etc.

To register, try the Brain Donor Project.

Register to donate your body to science

The easiest place we’ve found to donate your body to science is through Science Care.

  1. Science needs you (The Brain Project) ↩︎

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