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"COTA was a singular constant; an anchor that gave us hope. It was such a relief to be guided by COTA’s caring staff, which effectively removed elephant-grade stress from off our backs.”

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Kidney Transplant Recipient

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good.  It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.  To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and causes we support, we declare that all donors to our organization have these rights:

  1. To be informed of our mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on our governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to our most recent financial statements, including the past three years’ audit reports and tax returns.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they are given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition for their financial contributions.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be reviewed, corrected or immediately deleted from mailing lists at their discretion by calling, writing or e-mailing their request.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
  11. To know that the Children’s Organ Transplant Association does not share, rent or sell our donors names, addresses or phone numbers and that no outside information is being collected or shared with outside agencies.
  12. To know that donor lists with address and phone information are shredded prior to disposal.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Inc. does not collect information from anyone visiting its website except for those who voluntarily request to be put on our mailing list, request information or reply to an inquiry or make a donation.  This information is secure by the utilization of a VeriSign Class 3 Public Primary CA, encryption and firewall.

Financial information and program descriptions about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association can be obtained by writing to us at 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403 or as stated below: Florida: Registration number – CH2573 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELP-FLA, OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Maryland: The cost of postage and copying, documents and information filed under the Maryland charitable organizations laws can be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401. Michigan: MICS No. 904110 Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement by the Secretary of State. New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTIANED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. Oregon: Registration or report in no way constitutes or implies any endorsement, sanction or approval of the solicitation, its purposes, the manner in which it is conducted or the person or organization conducting it, by the Attorney General or any other governmental agency or officer of New York: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989 (within North Carolina) or (919)807-2214 (outside of North Carolina). The license is not an endorsement by the State. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Virginia: Financial statements are available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. Washington: Information relating to financial affairs of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association is available from the Secretary of State, and the toll-free number for Washington residents: 1-800-332-4483. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration in the above states does not imply endorsement.

About Contributions

Contributions to the
Children’s Organ Transplant Association

Contributions to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association are used to assist the organization in our mission to help children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant. Contributions are made with the understanding that COTA has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds. COTA allocates funds raised in honor of patients to families who have a documented financial need directly related to the transplant.

The goal thermometer graphic on online donation pages showing the amount raised in honor of each COTA patient is an approximate total of gifts made to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of that patient. The total may not immediately reflect all donations.   When the financial needs of patients are met, donations made in their honor are used to help other COTA patients. Our priority is to raise funds for families that would not otherwise be available to help meet transplant-related expenses.

COTA Provides…

  • Credit card and online contributions accepted — no fees charged.
  • 501(c)3 status. Tax deductions are available to contributors.
  • Acknowledgement of contributions.
  • Fiscal accountability to families and contributors.
  • Monitoring of all financial contributions by a staff certified public accountant.