“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) empowered those around us to do something to help during this time of great need for our family. In the midst of putting our lives on hold and relocating more than 1,100 miles away from our home for Jude to receive top-notch medical care, COTA made sure everything was Read More

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Liver Transplant Recipient

American Legion

Since 1988, The American Legion Family has assisted the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and our patients throughout this nation. During that period gifts and grants from every level of the national, department, post, squadron, unit and riders, Legionnaires have helped COTA kids with more than $1 million. For the coming year, The American Legion Family will help transplant families in several departments and ensure that no child is denied a life-saving transplant due to a financial barrier.

With this, we have created The American Legion Family Friendly Fundraising Guide to support COTA families and local post activities throughout the nation. Please take a moment to look through these activities, and contact COTA at 800-366-2682 to request a patient or family speaker at an upcoming event. You may also click here to locate a child we are working with in your community.

The American Legion Commendation of COTA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is to provide fundraising assistance and family support for children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant. The most successful organization of its kind in the country, COTA provides a lifetime of support to transplant families.

About the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)

COTA was founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1986 following a fundraising drive to assist a local toddler. A group of concerned area citizens joined together to raise more than $100,000, which enabled this child to be placed on the organ waiting list. Unfortunately, the child did not survive the wait for a donor liver, but his courageous struggle inspired this group to organize what today is COTA.

More than 32 years later, COTA continues to help children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. During this period we have grown from a small regional organization assisting families in Indiana to a national one with families and volunteers in all 50 states.

COTA has children and young adults in every department across the country.  As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funds allocated are not considered income for families.

Since 1986, more than $110 million has been raised across the country for thousands of children and young adults needing an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant. In the past three years. COTA has grown by 22 percent with the number of new families served annually going from 176 to 225. COTA has served families and raised funds to meet transplant-related expenses from coast-to-coast paying more than $12 million and raising approximately $15 million during that period, with the balance of funds waiting to pay future transplant-related expenses.

Thank you for your service, and generous and faithful support of our life-saving work!


COTA Provides…


  • 501(c)3 status. Gifts made to COTA are deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
  • Fiscal accountability to families and contributors including acknowledgement of contributions.
  • Monitoring of all financial contributions by a staff certified public accountant.