National Donor Memorial

Located at United Network for Organ Sharing, the National Donor Memorial honors America’s organ and tissue donors. Funded entirely by private contributions, the 10,000-square-foot memorial garden was designed by a volunteer committee of donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients from across the country.

The memorial symbolizes the emotional journey experienced by donor families during the donation process.

Launch the full-screen virtual tour

Visit in person

Visit and tour the garden and UNOS headquarters

Connecting donor families and recipients

Sometimes donor families and recipients choose to contact one another. While the decision to share your experience is a personal choice, many donor families and recipients find comfort in correspondence. How to reach out.

Donor tributes

Honor an organ donor by sharing an online tribute of their life’s special moments, accomplishments, and precious memories with family and friends. View tributes or share a donor tribute story through the links below.

Wall of names

See the section key to locate names on the wall

The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence

Established by UNOS in 2010, The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence honors “unsung heroes” who have gone above and beyond in promoting organ donation in their community. Like the Donor Memorial itself, the award acknowledges that no transplant takes place without the donor.


Tom and Susan Robinson, 2020

Jim Gleason, 2019

Terry Murray, 2018

Alejandra Cortes, 2017

Harvey Steele, 2016

David and Susan Caples, 2015

Barbara Lee, 2014

Patty Jo Herndon, 2013

Tom Gano, 2012

UNOS National Tree of Life Celebration

The annual celebration is held the first Thursday in December and honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors while also offering solace to their families who often experience a greater sense of loss during the holidays.

The program, which is streamed live on the UNOS Facebook page, provides an opportunity for families to hang an ornament of their choosing on the Tree of Life in memory of their loved ones. Many of those ornaments can be seen here. During the Tree of Life Celebration, families will hear empowering testimony from those who have made similar decisions during the last year, and those donors, as well as others who have contributed in the past, are recognized during the program. The annual celebration also includes testimonials from a transplant recipient and a waiting list candidate as well as the lighting of the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life Celebration is held at United Network for Organ Sharing with the support of the following organizations: UNOS, Donate Life America, LifeNet Health, Inc., Old Dominion Eye Foundation, Henrico Doctors’, VCU Health and Donate Life Virginia.

Make a gift to the National Donor Memorial

Your gift supports the 10,000 square foot memorial garden located in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to organ donors nationwide, as well as programs and activities supporting education, tours and memorial celebrations. Give now.

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