The FDA does not allow monetary compensation for blood donation, according to the American Red Cross. However, some states allow compensation for plasma donation. To find a local donation center, interested individuals can go to DonatingPlasma.org.
The World Health Organization strongly advises against offering monetary rewards or other incentives for blood donation. The organization worries that paying donors for blood donation may make people more likely to lie about their medical history and thus taint the blood supply, according to its website and publications.
Other studies by the National Bureau of Economic Research show that incentives increase donation and can be an effective and safe solution to blood shortages, according to science magazine Ars Technica.
While very few blood donation centers even offer gifts or rewards, plasma centers often do offer cash for donations. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood which holds the red and white blood cells, according to the American Red Cross. During plasma donation, plasma is separated from the blood, and then the rest of the fluid is returned to the donor.
Monetary compensation varies per company and state, but some donation centers say donors can make up to $200 per month, according to CSL Plasma.