giving life to research

Frequently asked questions

In order to donate, you must be between 18 and 55 years old, weigh at least 120lbs, and be in excellent health. To enroll in our donation program, we will set up a screening appointment at the donation center to ask you some background information about your health, and to have blood drawn for an infectious disease screening (IDS) test. Following the results of your IDS appointment, our Donor Center staff will contact you via phone or email within about a week, to schedule your first donation appointment. Learn more about these steps here

Yes, all donations are completely anonymous. All personal identifiers are removed after the sample has been collected to ensure anonymity. The protection of your personal information is very important to Canventa and every precaution is taken to ensure this information is not supplied to anyone outside of the Donor Center.

At Canventa, you will receive compensation for your time and effort in the form of a check.  More details about donating your stipend to a non-profit can be shared at your Canventa appointment.

Compensation depends on the type of donation and the amount of time needed to perform the collection.

In general, whole blood donations are compensated up to $200, white cell (leukapheresis) donations are compensated up to $350, and bone marrow donations are compensated up to $450. 




No, donors are not compensated for their time and effort involved at their IDS appointment.

However, during the month of November, we are offering all donors a $25 Amazon gift card for completing their IDS screening.

The donation interval/frequency at which you can donate depends on the type of donation. Repeat leukapheresis donors are eligible for repeat donations once every 35 days, whole blood donors are eligible for repeat donations every 2 months, while bone marrow donors are eligible for repeat donations once every 4 months.

Plasma, which composes the majority of your blood, typically regenerates within 24 hours, while red blood cells regenerate in 4 to 6 weeks. White blood cells are typically regenerated within a few hours of leukapheresis. Bone marrow is regenerated in 4 to 6 weeks.

The criteria for donating for transfusion or transplantation can be different than for research use. For example, donors who have recently had a tattoo or piercing are still eligible for donation at Canventa, although we recommend waiting until the area has healed before donating.

Please bring a valid ID with your full name, signature and photograph such as a driver’s license or passport.

We recommend you arrive to your appointment at the scheduled time. In the event that you’re running late, please call 510-495-0232 or email us so that we can accommodate you as best as possible.

Donating blood and bone marrow for transfusions and therapeutic use can make an immediate impact on saving a patient's life. All of the blood collections at Canventa are for research use only and not for direct-to-patient applications. You can learn more about donating blood for recipient use at the American Red Cross. For information on cord blood and bone marrow transplants, visit Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must: (1) Weigh more than 120lbs (2) Be between 18 and 55 years old (3) Be in excellent health (4) Successfully pass an in-person health screening and blood tests.

You are not eligible for this program if you have: (1) High Blood Pressure (2) Blood-born or sexually transmitted disease (hepatitis,HIV, syphilis) (3) Other health problems