How to Donate

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 decision.

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 donation authorization consent form is for an individual wishing to donate his/her own body to the Anatomy Bequest Program.  Individuals have to be considered legally competent at the time they complete the consent form.  If an individual is not able to sign on his/her own behalf, the Anatomy Bequest Program considers next-of-kin or authorizing persons donations on an individual basis. 

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

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 donation consent 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
3-102 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 donation consent form.  If you are using Firefox, right click on the link and select Save Link As. Then open the file in Adobe Acrobat.

The consent form must be on file at the University of Minnesota at the time of death. Upon receipt of the completed consent 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 wallet cards

Donor wallet 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

How to cancel a pre-registration

If you wish to cancel your pre-registration, 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.