“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association gave us hope and provided the support our team of volunteers needed to successfully raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA also gave us a sense of peace because we have not had to worry about the financial struggles that are typically part of a family’s transplant journey. Having COTA by Read More

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Kidney Transplant Recipient

How It Works

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

  • Organizing and training 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 administrator 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? To begin a COTA community 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.

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, we will contact you to discuss your fundraising needs. Then COTA will begin the fundraising campaign by contacting your key volunteers to share information and coordinate the team training.

COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and the funds generated by a COTA community campaign are available for almost any transplant-related expense. COTA is ready to begin working with your volunteers immediately. Please call us at 800.366.2682 to get started today.

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