This Network54 site states pretty clearly that this isn't the place for advertising. Donor Concierge'a owner posted a comment/ad anyway some months back - in March, maybe?. Granted, this was in response to a member's query. I never used them, so I can't comment on the service. But as far as I can tell - this is a broker. For a fee, they search the same agency websites you can search yourself - for free. Given how utterly labor intensive that process was, I can understand how that would be helpful. At the same time, however, we decided to use an agency because we wanted more control over the donor selection process, so I wasn't inclined to pay anyone to do that for me - on top of the tons of $$$$ we were already spending.
I looked at their website and they say they specialize in hard to find donors from specific ethnicities. I was looking for one of those hard to find ethnicities. And it is an art and very personal. I don't think I could have trusted anyone else to do the filtering for me.
I guess I'm directing this message at ladies who are just starting the process - you're going to spend a lot of money before this is all done. You can search agency websites for free. You don't have to pay anyone to do that for you. And you really don't need two sets of people - agencies and this broker - pressuring you into making a decision prematurely. And they sure can put the pressure on. I swear, some of thes places acted like car dealerships or furniture stores that always have a sale going.
And that brings me to a second point - there is more to selecting a donor than simply finding a good profile. The integrity and reliability of the agency are absolutely key. Their financial terms - and refund terms are critical as well. Spending yet another $700+ limited dollars can tip the scales in favor of overlooking the agency's creds. Finally - your doctor has the final say in whether a donor is a good match. There is so much more to this than just going through profiles.
FWIW, our agency was Giving Hope - loved them and love Katy, our casweworker.