Kidney Care and Transplant Services

Non-directed Kidney Donation

The process of non-directed donation is for people who wish to donate a kidney, but do not have a specific person selected to receive the donation. 

How it works

First, the potential donor will undergo an extensive medical and psychological evaluation to determine that he or she is a suitable candidate. If the person is approved to donate, his or her kidney would then be given anonymously to someone in need of a kidney transplant.

The donor has the option of choosing whether he or she would want their gift to be given to an adult through the University of Washington Medical Center transplant list, a child through the Seattle Children’s Hospital transplant list, or to a recipient through the National Kidney Registry. If the donor chooses to donate to an individual through the National Kidney Registry, he or she can start a chain of transplants (see for more information). 

Risks and rewards

Living donation can improve the quality of life of the kidney recipient and be a highly rewarding experience for the living donor. However, there are risks involved, and it is important to think carefully about the physical, emotional and financial impact of donation. 

If you have any questions about non-directed donation or are interested in becoming a non-directed donor, please contact our Living Donor Advocate at 206-598-3627.