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Donating bone marrow or blood cells is an opportunity to help save a life, but there is a time commitment. The typical time commitment for the donation process is 20-30 hours of your time spread out over a four-to-six-week period and requires 3 to 7 days of time off from work. Many companies and organizations have established donor leave policies that provide up to 7 days of paid leave for bone marrow or PBSC donors. If your company or organization is interested in more information on establishing a paid donor leave program, please reference our Donor Paid Leave Materials.

State laws affecting donor leave

Some states have laws requiring employers to provide paid donor leave. Some states also provide a state income tax credit or tax deduction for donation-related expenses, such as lost wages.

Donors never have to pay to donate. Medical, travel and most non-medical donation-related costs are covered by Be The Match® or the patient's medical insurance.