Thank you for saving lives by donating blood. We want to celebrate blood donors with recognition and rewards.
To show our appreciation San Diego Blood Bank has two blood donor programs:
Read more about our donor programs below:
The Guardians Circle is a blood donor rewards and membership-based appreciation program. All blood donors are invited to sign up to join by making a pledge to donate blood within 8 weeks from the day they are eligible to donate. Donors who continue to donate blood receive special “members-only” opportunities and rewards for donating blood to show our appreciation for their commitment to saving lives.
Guardians Circle is a name reflective of the critical role blood donors play in guarding and protecting our community’s blood supply and overall health. Guardians go above and beyond to ensure local patients have lifesaving blood throughout the year. Guardians support their community by answering the call to donate blood when they are eligible.
Guardians Circle Members who donate blood will receive benefits and special opportunities that may include but are not limited to:
Blood donor members will be notified by email about all Guardians Circle membership rewards and benefit opportunities. Information may also be posted on the Blood Donor Portal and displayed on digital signage screens inside donation centers and on bloodmobiles regarding current Guardians Circle membership benefits.
All blood donors are invited to sign up for the Guardians Circle Pledge Program. Donors pledge to donate blood within 8 weeks from the day they become eligible to donate to receive membership benefits and special opportunities. It is easy to sign up for blood donor rewards! Choose one of the methods below.
After a blood donor completes the Guardians Circle pledge form, they will move from Non-Member to Member status. Guardians will also receive an email with a welcome message and gift for joining this elite group of lifesavers.
Blood donors who have never donated with San Diego Blood Bank and sign up for this program will not see a status update until after they donate blood at a SDBB blood drive or center. Please allow 24-72 hours for the Blood Donor Portal account to show the status update.
Blood donors can see and access their donor rewards membership status when logged into the Blood Donor Portal on the left side panel. Membership status is also displayed on their blood donor label when they register to donate blood.
It’s easy! We encourage blood donors to donate whenever possible but recognize that it can be difficult to donate on the exact date they become eligible. The Guardians Circle program is designed to give blood donors an 8-week cushion to come in to donate blood after they become eligible.
We really appreciate all blood donors who take time out of their day to save lives with us and understand how disappointing it is not to be able to donate. When a donor is deferred, their eligibility date is set for the next time they are eligible to donate (e.g., if deferred for low pulse or blood pressure, the date is set to the next day; if deferred for hematocrit the date is set for two (2) weeks later). As long as the donor returns within 8 weeks of the new date, they will remain a member and continue receiving membership benefits.
Blood donors are eligible to donate at different times depending on the type of blood donation and type of deferral (e.g., iron mitigation, travel, surgeries, medication). By using eligibility dates, it creates a fair environment, and blood donors are able to remain members as long as they attempt to donate blood.
The Blood Donor Portal displays different eligibility dates for whole blood, double red blood cells, platelets, and plasma donations. This can be found on the Donor Snapshot on the left side panel (except when logged in on a mobile device). A blood donor’s 8-week cushion is based on the whole blood eligibility date. It is important for donors to know when they are eligible to give blood.
To be prepared, SDBB recommends blood donors log into the Blood Donor Portal on a desktop or laptop computer to view eligibility date(s) before scheduling an appointment or walking in to give blood.
Whole Blood Donation: Blood donors are eligible to donate 8 weeks after a whole blood donation. Blood donors have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardians Circle membership status. For example, if someone donates whole blood on January 1st, they are eligible to donate again on February 26th. To stay a member, they would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by April 23rd).
Double Red Cell Donation: Blood donors are eligible to donate 16 weeks after a double red blood cell donation. Double red cell blood donors have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardians Circle membership status. For example, if someone donates double red cells on January 1st, they are eligible to donate again on April 23rd. To stay a member, they would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by June 18th).
Plasma Donation: Plasma donors are eligible to donate 30 days after a plasma donation. Plasma donors have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardians Circle membership status. For example, if someone donates plasma on January 1st, they are eligible to donate again on January 31st. To stay a member, they would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by March 28th) unless the whole blood eligibility date indicates differently.
Platelet Donation: Platelet donors are eligible to donate one week after a platelet donation. Platelet donors have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardians Circle membership status. For example, if someone donates platelets on January 1st, they are eligible to donate again on January 8th. To stay a member, they would need to return to donate within 8 weeks (by March 5th) unless the whole blood eligibility date indicates differently.
Concurrent donations of platelet/red cell, plasma/red cell, or platelet/plasma/red cell: After a concurrent donation, there may be different eligibility dates for various products (i.e., red cell, platelet, plasma). The donation eligibility date used to maintain membership status will always be the whole blood eligibility date. The 8-week cushion begins on the whole blood eligibility date.
Guardians Circle membership status will move from "Member" to "Expired." The only way membership benefits will expire is if a donor waits more than 8 weeks to come to donate after the whole blood eligibility date. Donors do not have to sign up again if this happens. We understand that there can be extenuating circumstances that make it impossible to meet the eligibility date and encourage Guardians to email email@example.com if this is the case to avoid expiration of benefits.
Please note: Blood donors who have donated 4 times in a rolling calendar year will maintain membership benefits even if they miss the 8-week cushion.
Blood donors will stay in “Expired” status until their second visit after expiration (as long as this second visit is within the 8-week cushion). Donors do not need to re-sign up if they are expired as the system will do this automatically after the above takes place.
Blood donors who successfully complete a double red cell (2RBC) donation after member expiration will automatically return to member status after the donation.
If a blood donor has opted out of the program but decides they want to re-pledge and opt back into the Guardians Circle, they will need to re-sign up for the program. They may email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate this process. This is only for donors who have opted out of the program via email request or other communication.
All blood donors are eligible for the Gallon Milestone Recognition Program.
Blood donors receive “credits” for their blood donations referred to as their gallon tracker.
Each gallon consists of a total of eight (8) “credits.”
Credits are assigned as follows:
Blood donor rewards and recognition are offered to donors who reach blood donation milestones. Congratulatory emails and cards are sent at various milestones. At specific milestones donors receive appreciation gifts such as:
Note: Donors are encouraged to have an email address to receive notifications. Gmail is easy to set up and accepts San Diego Blood Bank emails. AT&T, PacBell, and SBCGlobal email addresses may not receive any notifications from our system. If a blood donor does not wish to register an email address with SDBB to receive donor rewards updates, they may contact (619) 400-8251 or email email@example.com, to discuss alternative notification options.
The Gallon Milestone Recognition Program was launched in February 2021 to celebrate donors who reach specific gallon milestones.