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“Our COTA volunteers’ willingness and excitement to help raise funds for transplant-related expenses gave us a sense of peace, and gave us hope. "

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Liver Transplant Recipient

Become a COTA Family

Dear Friend,

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is ready to help you give your child a second chance at life. With more than twenty-five years of experience, COTA is the premier fundraising organization for families facing a life-saving transplant. Since 1986, families from throughout the nation, representing every ethnic, economic, religious and social background, have worked with COTA.


COTA will guide you and your volunteers through every step of the fundraising process including:

  • Organizing and training your volunteers.
  • Planning successful events and activities.
  • Working with your local media.
  • Using online, web-based resources for communications and fundraising.
  • Finding multiple sources of funding.

COTA provides information to your community to assure them the funds raised for transplant-related expenses are raised ethically and used appropriately. Because COTA is the trustee and manager of the money raised in your community, these funds are not taxable income and do not jeopardize participation in assistance programs. Additionally, COTA offers each patient fundraising campaign a challenge grant of up to $5,000.

Are you ready to let COTA help you? To begin the campaign, you will need to:

  • Complete the Patient Agreement.
  • Ask your transplant physician to complete the Medical Information Form.
  • Recruit a Community Coordinator for your campaign.

The COTA Patient Agreement may be provided to you through the mail, or you may complete the agreement online.

Once you return these forms to COTA or submit online, we will contact you to discuss your fundraising needs. Then COTA will begin the fundraising campaign by contacting your key volunteers to begin their training.

COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and the funds generated by a COTA campaign are available for almost any transplant-related expense. COTA is ready to begin working with your volunteers immediately. Please feel free to call us at 800.366.2682 or Request Information about COTA to see how we can give hope and make a miracle for your family. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Lofgren, President
Children’s Organ Transplant Association

A Story of Hope

“In our family's case, the prospect of a transplant was a worst case scenario. Isabella ingested something that caused her kidneys to quit working, and when we heard that a transplant was our next step … we had already lost hope in so many ways. Once we were introduced to COTA, we learned of their many successful transplant stories and this helped to renew our hope that Isabella was going to make it. It also gave us hope to know that the COTA fund will be with her throughout her lifetime.”
~ Les and Cindy Crutcher, Parents of Isabella