Getting selected as a donor, and ultimately cycling quicker, can be as simple as making changes and updates to your donor profile. Think of your profile like that of used in online dating, where the goal is to present the best version of yourself. When a recipient goes to our roster they’re looking for a woman whose genetics will help them create their future child, so they take all elements of a profile from photos to responses to education into consideration when making their selection. Here are 3 easy ways to strengthen your donor profile –
Photos are key to being a selected because they are the sole glimpses the recipients have as to what a donor looks like. Therefore, the more photos and variety of photos displayed on the profile the better! Recipients like to see current photos both portrait and full body and they also like to see photos with family members. Photos taken throughout childhood and teenage years are also helpful as they show progression. Photos should be clear, high-quality and minimally altered and/or filtered (in other words please keep the flower crown or dog ears on Snapchat). Professionally done photos are highly encouraged although not required. Donors should have a minimum of 4 photos on their profile, but can upload up to 10!
2) Application answers
On the TWEB application we ask a lot questions about a donor’s interests, hobbies and personality. These give recipients insight as to who the donor is on a personable level. Donors should make sure that each of these questions are carefully answered and thought out, usage of complete sentences and proper grammar is essential.
Question – “What are some of your talents/abilities?”
Weak answer – “Dancing and sports”
Strong answer – “I have been in love with dancing since I started ballet at the age of five. My favorite styles are jazz and hip-hop. I am naturally athletic and played sports throughout high school. I varsity lettered in softball as well as played club volleyball. I currently play in a co-ed volleyball league on the weekends with some of my friends!” The more thorough and open the response the more of a chance the recipient has of understanding the donor’s personality and genuine interests.
3) Keep things updated
Many donors apply, have their interview and become active then do not give their profile much thought after. It’s up to the donor to keep the TWEB team updated in regards to personal information. Education advancements such as graduating college, an increase in GPA or enrolling in a Master’s program are all great things to update for the donor profile. It’s also imperative to keep all contact information updated so if you are selected we have the right email address, phone number and mailing address on file to ensure we can get ahold of you to start cycle and complete all necessary screening steps efficiently when selected.
Follow these easy steps for a quicker response and selection. Your time is appreciated and your efforts will be noticed!