Children's Organ Transplant Association

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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 $10,000.

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

  • Complete and sign a Patient Agreement.
  • Complete a Family Information Form.
  • 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.  COTA has created a short video to help you complete the online Patient Agreement, and answer questions you may have about the forms.

Once you return these forms to COTA, 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