Brightening our future,
one life at a time

Brightening our future, one life
at a time

For Donate Life Indiana, 2022 was a year of growth and excitement. We pursued new avenues for Hoosiers to say “yes” to donation, which we know is key to increasing the number of registered donors. Education also remained a top priority as we sought to teach more Hoosiers the importance of becoming organ donors.

On behalf of Donate Life Indiana, we are proud to share our accomplishments in 2022 and look forward to continued donation and transplantation education in 2023.

2022 Highlights

More than

Hoosiers signed up as organ donors in 2022.


youth reached during presentations and events in 2022.

More than

donated to Donate Life Indiana during BMV transactions in 2022.
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Indiana Donor Registry

In 2022, Donate Life Indiana continued to enhance the state registry. This included enhanced search capabilities, additional reporting functionality and the addition of documentation in Spanish. We also launched the Scan App, which allows Donate Life Indiana to scan an Indiana-issued ID or driver’s license and automatically add that individual to the registry.

Donor Registration Partners

Our partners help us raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. They also help Donate Life Indiana increase the number of registrations each year. We thank our partners for continuing to save lives by helping Hoosiers sign up to be organ and tissue donors every day.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
The majority of donor registrations occur in Indiana at local BMV branches throughout the state. Whether it’s online, at a kiosk or in person, the BMV and its staff play an essential role in the donation process and help us save lives every day. In 2022, to celebrate this partnership and increase our brand presence at BMV branches, all BMV staff members were provided Donate Life Indiana apparel.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
In just a year and a half, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has added an additional 2,000 Hoosiers to the state registry via online hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. They also allowed Donate Life Indiana to participate in large events, including the Indiana Boat, Sport and Travel Show, at no cost to the organization, ensuring we were able to share donation education with Hoosiers likely to soon purchase a hunting, fishing or trapping license.
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
In 2022, Senate Enrolled Act 260 was signed into law. The new legislation will require the state’s Professional Licensing Agency to ask the donation question when applicants apply for or renew their professional license to work in Indiana. More than 20% of Hoosiers possess a professional license, so the addition of the donation question in this process is critically important. Donate Life Indiana is currently working through the implementation process with hopes of launching in mid-2023.
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Youth Education Program

Donate Life Indiana’s youth education program focuses on reaching Hoosiers who are making timely donation decisions. The team works tirelessly to educate students before they go to the BMV to get an ID, learner’s permit or driver’s license, and are asked the important question, “Do you want to be an organ donor?” Learn more about our youth education program here.

In 2022, Donate Life Indiana completed 780 school presentations and educated nearly 22,000 students through our youth education program in classrooms alone. A portion of this growth is thanks in part to a strategic recruitment campaign launched to engage new educators in our program. We also revamped how we book school presentations and placed more ownership on our educator partners to include their peers in the process. Finally, we developed an expanded partnership with the Indiana Department of Education that will include a video component to teach educators about our program.

Donate Life Indiana continued to pursue partnerships with youth-focused organizations, offering the opportunity for engagement outside of the classroom. We expanded our partnership with Junior Achievement, participating in its JobSpark event in Evansville, Indiana, for the first time in person. We also developed a relationship with the National FFA Organization that allowed Donate Life Indiana to have a presence at the 2022 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, which drew more than 69,000 middle through high school students from throughout the U.S.

Further, in 2022, we added five new Student Organ Donation Advocates chapters. These SODA groups help raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation and increase donor registrations by signing up new organ and tissue donors outside of the classroom. Donate Life Indiana now leads the nation with eight SODA chapters in the state. In 2022, our SODA chapters signed up more than 80 new donors.

National Donate Life Month

Each April, we celebrate National Donate Life Month in multiple ways. This year, we implemented a months-long media and social media campaign, distributed Donate Life standard-size and garden-size flags to businesses across the state for display, provided content and displays to community partners, and much more.

In 2022, we enjoyed our first-ever Donate Life Day at Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops. Donate Life Indiana spokesman and NASCAR great Ryan Newman greeted a large crowd of customers and signed autographs for fans. We hosted a raffle and provided donation education to hundreds of Hoosiers with a connection to hunting and fishing.

To generate conversations about donation around the community, we conducted a #DuckDuckJeep campaign. The concept of “ducking” is prominent in the Jeep community, so Donate Life Indiana purchased branded rubber duckies and affixed a promotional card explaining what Donate Life Month is to encourage Jeep owners to share our message on social media.

We also partnered with Donate Life Kentucky to light up the Indiana side of the Big 4 Bridge, which spans the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky. For the first time, the entire bridge was adorned with blue and green lights to heighten awareness about Donate Life’s important mission.

IMS blue green day
AES building blue green day

Several organizations, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and AES Indiana, joined us in celebrating National Donate Life Month by lighting up their facilities with blue and green. 

Team Indiana

Donate Life Indiana accompanied Team Indiana to the 2022 Transplant Games of America. Twenty-four team members traveled to San Diego, California, and participated in more than 15 events, ranging from bowling and pickleball to basketball and darts. Team Indiana came home with a host of medals, new friendships and an ever-growing appreciation for their gift of life.

recipients donor family members and supporters joined Team Indiana in 2022

2022 Finances

Monetary donations supporting Donate Life Indiana help fund our outreach and education efforts around the need for organ and tissue donations. All figures are calculated using accrual-based accounting.

Donate Life Indiana receives $25 for each specialty license plate sold by the BMV.

During transactions at the BMV (online or in-person), Hoosiers are asked if they would like to donate $1 or more to support Donate Life Indiana.

This includes Facebook fundraisers, memorial donations and public donations.

Meet Our Heroes

These are just a few of the dedicated volunteers who give their time to educate Hoosiers about the importance of donation and transplantation, as well as advocate on Donate Life Indiana’s behalf.

Minerva Coker
Mother of Donor Hero
“Her life here is gone, but let's go save others."
Jamie Taylor
Kidney Recipient
“I never gave up faith. I knew, one day, I was gonna get a transplant. So, that was my positive point in life.”
Vanderkleed Family
Family of donor hero
“We wanted to try and prevent any other parents from going through what we were going through.”
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