The Guardians Circle is a membership-based appreciation program for donors that pledge to donate within 8 weeks from the day they are eligible to donate. Guardians receive special opportunities for being a member of the program.
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 to do so.
Membership benefits and special opportunities may include but are not limited to:
Donors will be notified by email. Information may be posted on the donor portal and the digital screens in centers and on mobiles regarding current Guardians Circle membership benefits.
All 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.
Donors will see their membership status on their donor portal (left side panel) at www.mysdbb.org or on their donor label when they register to donate. Please note this is not currently viewable on mobile devices. It may take approximately 48-72 hours to update membership status after initial sign up or if any changes to status are made. If you feel your membership status is not accurate or have extenuating circumstances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s easy! We encourage donors to donate whenever possible but recognize that it can be difficult to donate on the exact date donors become eligible. The program is designed to give donors an 8-week cushion to come in after they become eligible.
We really appreciate all donors who take time out of their day to save lives with us and understand how disappointing it is to not 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 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.
Donors are eligible at different times depending on the type of donation and different types of deferrals (e.g., iron mitigation, travel, surgeries, medication). By using eligibility dates it creates a fair environment and donors will stay in the program as long as they donate when they are eligible.
On your donor portal you will see different eligibility dates for whole blood, double red cell, platelet, and plasma donations. This can be found on the Donor Snapshot on the left side panel (except when logged in on a mobile device). Your 8-week cushion is based on your whole blood eligibility date. It is very important to always check your donor portal for your eligibility to donate before scheduling your appointment.
Donors are eligible to donate 8 weeks after a whole blood donation. You have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardian Circle membership status. For example, if you donate whole blood on June 25, you are eligible to donate again on August 20. To stay a member, you would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by October 15).
Donors are eligible to donate 16 weeks after a double red cell donation. You have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardian Circle membership status. For example, if you donate double red cells on June 25, you are eligible to donate again on October 15. To stay a member, you would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by December 10).
Donors are eligible to donate 30 days after a plasma donation. You have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardian Circle membership status. For example, if you donate plasma on June 25, you are eligible to donate again on July 25. To stay a member, you would need to return to donate blood within 8 weeks (by September 19).
Donors are eligible to donate one week after a platelet donation. You have 8 weeks from that date to come in to donate to maintain Guardian Circle membership status. For example, if you donate platelets on June 25, you are eligible to donate again on July 2. To stay a member, you would need to return to donate within 8 weeks (by August 27).
Donation eligibility date used to maintain membership status will be the whole blood eligibility date. Your 8-week cushion begins on that date.
Your 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.
Donor will stay in Expired status until their second visit after expiration. Donors who successfully donate a double red cell (2RBC) will return to member status after the donation.
If a donor has opted out of the program but changes their mind they will need to re-sign up for the program. They may email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate getting them re-signed up. The need to re-sign up is only for donors who have physically opted out of the program.
This program was launched in February 2021 to celebrate donors who reach specific gallon milestones.