About Us

The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.

With your help, Death with Dignity National Center:

  • Defends Dignity
    We achieve this through our extensive and costly legal defense of the Death with Dignity laws, as well as coalition building. Our nonprofit and political-action arm provide the flexibility to rapidly respond to both legal and political challenges.
  • Mobilizes Dignity
    We achieve this through various education and outreach means. On an ongoing process we identify and support states actively seeking to pass Death with Dignity laws similar to our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Our website is a trusted resource for legal, medical and scholarly research. Our Dignity Report donor newsletter provides more than 10,000 semi-annual readers with substantive articles, updates and interviews.
  • Preserves Dignity
    We achieve this by developing and nurturing diverse financial resources with one goal in mind: ensure financial vitality and its position as the leader of the Death with Dignity movement. Over 80% of our program expenses went toward providing education and information to promote Death with Dignity laws.

Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)3, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has led the legal defense and education of the Oregon Death with Dignity Law for 20 years. The Death with Dignity Political Fund is a distinct and separate 501(c)4 entity responsible for the political defense of Death with Dignity laws and the promotion of these initiatives in other states. Our board of directors is comprised of some of the Death with Dignity movement's most esteemed medical, legal and scholarly experts.

Defend dignity. Take action.

You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization, has been the leading advocate in the death with dignity movement. Member contributions helped us pass a new Death with Dignity law in Washington, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the death with dignity movement.

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