“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was, without question, the perfect option for us. COTA has been such an important part of our family’s transplant journey by being a source of compassion and encouragement for us and our volunteers. COTA has supported us emotionally and financially … and COTA’s support will be there for a Read More

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GoFundMe Comparison

COTA is Better Than GoFundMe


  With COTA – Raise More Money

  •  On average COTA fundraising campaigns raise 7 TIMES more than GoFundMe
    • The average COTA campaign raises $22,000 while the average GoFundMe medical fundraising campaign raises only $2,600.
  • COTA does not charge any fees … not even credit card processing fees! 100% of funds raised in honor of COTA patients are used only for transplant-related expenses.
    • While GoFundMe claims to be ‘free,’ campaigns pay card processing fees that total 2.9% of contributions plus 30 cents for each transaction. COTA really is free.
  • COTA’s fundraising professionals support teams with ideas, resources and materials and meet with volunteers to launch fundraising campaigns.

  With COTA Know Funds are Secure

  • COTA funds are not seen as income for transplant families. GoFundMe proceeds are considered taxable income by the IRS and may jeopardize participation in assistance programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
  • COTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has consistently been ranked in the top 3% of all charities by Charity Navigator.
  • COTA owns and administers all fundraising campaign funds. Gifts to a COTA campaign are tax deductible; therefore, COTA provides tax acknowledgements to contributors. Gifts to GoFundMe are not tax deductible.

  With COTA Receive a Lifetime of Support

  • For more than 30 years, COTA has been helping transplant families. GoFundMe has less than one decade of experience. Other online fundraising platforms have come and gone.
  • A transplant is a lifetime journey. COTA helps with transplant-related expenses before, during and after a life-saving transplant.

Make a Better Choice …

If you already have a GoFundMe account, call 800.366.2682 to discuss fundraising that will safeguard your family – for a lifetime.  GoFundMe funds can easily be transferred to COTA.