Who we are
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. In doing so, we bring together hundreds of transplant and organ procurement professionals and thousands of volunteers. This unique collaboration helps make lifesaving organ transplants possible each day. Our system serves as the model for transplant systems around the world.
Our mission is to unite and strengthen the donation and transplant community to save lives.
UNOS is involved in many aspects of the organ transplant and donation process:
- Managing the national transplant waiting list, matching donors to recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Maintaining the database that contains all organ transplant data for every transplant event that occurs in the U.S.
- Bringing together the transplant community to develop policies that make the best use of the limited supply of organs and give all patients a fair chance at receiving the organ they need, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle or financial/social status.
- Monitoring every organ match to ensure organ allocation policies are followed.
- Providing assistance to patients, family members and friends.
- Educating transplant professionals about their important role in the donation and transplant processes.
- Educating the public about the importance of organ donation.
What we do
UNOS manages the national transplant waiting list, matching donors to recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We accomplish this through policy, education and technology:
UNOS follows a collaborative policy development process. We bring together the transplant community to develop policies that make the best use of the limited supply of organs.
Every lifesaving organ transplant is managed through UNOS’ computer system, which matches donors with potential transplant recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
UNOS provides educational resources that help patients, family members, friends, potential donors and medical professionals understand organ donation and transplantation.
How we began
UNOS originated in 1977 as an initiative of the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF). SEOPF was the first organization to develop a computerized system to use medical information to match organ donors with transplant candidates.
SEOPF began the Kidney Center in 1982, with staff working around the clock to regionally place available organs. This operation evolved into the UNOS Organ Center.
UNOS was formally incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization in 1984 to meet the growing demand for transplants nationwide.
Integrity & transparency
UNOS is committed to ongoing transparency and accountability in support of our mission, and is verified by several charity evaluators, including Guidestar, the premier source of information on U.S. nonprofit organizations.
With your help
UNOS begins with you. Your generosity and support are critical, and there are several ways to get involved and support UNOS’ life-saving mission.
UNOS’ behavioral scientists, biostatisticians, data scientists, and developers partner with donation and transplantation experts to work toward solutions that will make the transplant system more efficient and increase transplants.