How to Donate

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Before making a decision regarding whole body donation, we suggest you read the information on the What is Whole Body Donation page. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us for clarification before proceeding. We also suggest you talk it over with your family and/or interested others before making your bequest.

Steps for becoming a donor

Step 1

Obtain an Anatomy Bequest Donation Form. Forms can be mailed to you or downloaded and printed from this page.

The Anatomy Bequest Program Donation form is for an individual wishing to donate his/her own body to the bequest program. 

You can ask us to mail you a form by:

  • Completing an Inquiry Form
  • Calling the Anatomy Bequest Program at 612-625-1111, or
  • Emailing the Anatomy Bequest Program at bequest@umn.edu

Step 2

We suggest that you make copies of your consent form and give them to the individuals who will be notified at the time of your death. It is important that your physician, your family and your friends know of your bequest so they can make sure your wishes are carried out.

Make sure the Anatomy Bequest Program Donation form is completed, signed and witnessed by two people. The signatures do not have to be notarized. Please return the original form to the following address:

Anatomy Bequest Program
University of Minnesota
3-005 Nils Hasselmo Hall
312 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0215

Or via fax to 612-625-1688.

If you also have an Advance Health Care Directive, please enclose a copy with your bequest form. 

The original consent form must be on file at the University of Minnesota at the time of death. Upon receipt of the completed original form, the Anatomy Bequest Program will send you a letter of acknowledgement and a donor wallet card.

 

Note: The Anatomy Bequest Program cannot accept a donation unless a fully executed consent form is complete.

Donor identification cards

Wallet size donor identification cards are now available.  If you are already pre-registered up with the Anatomy Bequest Program and would like a card, please call us at: 612-625-1111 during normal business hours or email us at bequest@umn.edu.

How to cancel a bequest

If you wish to cancel your bequest, please call us at 612-625-1111 and tell us you wish to cancel.

We will mail your original consent form to you, and you will no longer be a pre-registered whole body donor. Your donation authorization is not binding in nature and may be rescinded at any time. Be sure to inform your physician, your family and your friends of your decision not to be a donor.