A national report card prepared by Donate Life America shows a 10% increase in U.S. donor designations over the last 18 months, bringing the total number of registered donors in the United States to almost 70 million.
Thirty-five percent of licensed U.S. drivers and identification cardholders are registered as donors through their state registry or motor vehicle department. But the Donor Designation Collaborative (DDC), DLA’s donation education effort, wants to attain a 50% designation rate among licensed drivers in each state.
In 2006 DLA launched the DDC as a nationwide effort to improve organ, eye, and tissue donation rates in the United States.
One of the main tactics to achieving the DDC’s goals is ensuring that each state has an effective system for allowing individuals to legally designate themselves as donors. In 2007, four states had a designation rate of at least 50%: Iowa (67%), Colorado (60%), Ohio (52%) and Utah (50%). Six other states are nearing the goal. Click here to download a PDF of the national report card.
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