Donation Information | CFAR | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Donation Information


Please direct all questions and correspondence about donations to:

Dr. Gretchen R. Dabbs, Director
Office Phone:
Cell Phone: 618-305-0512

1000 Faner Dr.
Mail Code 4502
Carbondale, IL 62901


We are greatly appreciative of any monetary donation you would like to make to CFAR. All monetary donations are used to support our research, education, and service missions. None of the money donated to CFAR is used to pay faculty salary or benefits. 

If you would like to make a monetary gift to CFAR, please contact us ( or 618-453-3298) so we can make the appropriate arrangements for the funds to be directed into the CFAR-specific account.


Special Announcement Regarding COVID-19 Prevention Measures:

Due to the current worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and uncertainty concerning its diagnosis and environmental persistence, to protect the health and safety of the faculty and students who work at CFAR, the anatomical donation program has been suspended indefinitely.

The Living Donor Body Donation Process

CFAR is currently unable to accept pre-arranged donations from living donors. Please continue to check this website for updated information. Until then, please discuss your wishes with your family and next-of-kin. Family and next-of-kin can currently donate your body after death through the Next-of-Kin Body Donation program. Please refer to the next section for information about making a next-of-kin donation.

The Next-of-Kin Body Donation (already deceased)

To donate the body of a deceased family member, complete the Body Donation Packet (PDF) and return it to the CFAR staff at Southern Illinois University. To initiate the donation process a faxed copy is acceptable, however we require the signed original be provided at the time body transfer. We also require a copy of the finalized death certificate. A copy of the death certificate or death certificate worksheet must be provided at the time of body transfer. In some situations, the death certificate is not ready at the time of donation and the final death certificate may be submitted later.

*CFAR does not have the capacity to transport individuals to our facility. Donors must arrange for transportation to CFAR through a funeral home or the county coroner. Cost associated with transportation is the responsibility of the donor and/or donor family.