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Who We Are

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives.

LifeSource is one of 58 organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the United States – each OPO has its own designated service area to facilitate the organ donation and transplantation process. We serve the second largest geographical region, focusing on Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.

As an OPO, we are designed to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation between hospitals and transplant centers; support families and patients by honoring their intentions; and educate our communities about the impact of donation.

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Susan Mau Larson

The donation process is a complex symphony of partners all working together in a short time frame. Without support from these partners and the community, this life-saving work wouldn’t be possible.

Susan Mau Larson, LifeSource Director of Partner & Community Relations

Our success is dependent on a trusted network of partnerships and community participation.

Our team works with nearly 300 hospitals and 9 transplant centers – as well as medical examiners, coroners and funeral directors – in our three-state service area to ensure every donor and family that wants to donate one’s organs, eyes and tissues has the opportunity to do so.

Our team also works closely with driver’s license offices in our region and provides additional education on what it means to check the box. Our DMV partners receive any and all questions surrounding donation; we help them address concerns and assist in driving conversations on organ, eye and tissue donation.

We provide hope, life and healing.

At LifeSource, we’re relentlessly pursuing a day where everyone in need of a life-saving organ transplant, gets one. Scientific advancements, strong partnerships and a “test, learn and adjust” mentality will help us get there.

Our Mission: LifeSource saves lives and offers hope and healing through excellence in organ, eye and tissue donation.

Our Vision: Everyone shares the gift of life.

Our Values: Respect. Advocacy. Accountability. Life. Innovation.

Core Competencies: Coordinate. Care. Engage.

Reports & Financials

2019 was a fantastic year for donation!

In 2019, thanks to the generosity of our community, dedication of LifeSource staff and strength of our partnerships throughout the region, we were able to save and heal over 50,000 lives.

Donate Life Logo LifeSource Campaign

Have you checked the box?

As part of the Donate Life network, our Check the Box public awareness campaign aims to inspire registration and remove misconceptions by sharing a simple message: anyone can register as a donor – a decision that saves lives.

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