“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) really took the time to help us understand the importance of fundraising for transplant-related expenses. We had never really thought about fundraising, but once Jasmine was listed for a new liver a hospital social worker suggested we look into COTA. Without COTA by our side, Jasmine’s liver transplant would Read More

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Posted on May 7th, 2018

Bloomington, Indiana – May 7, 2018 – The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the eighth year in a row. The 4-star rating, Charity Navigator’s highest, is given to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency.

“Only 3% of the charities we rate have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating the Children’s Organ Transplant Association exceeds industry standards and outperforms most other charities in your area of work,” wrote Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO, in a letter received last week. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets COTA apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars shows that COTA adheres to best practices and executes it mission in a financially efficient way. COTA’s mission statement reads: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.

“COTA is extremely honored and humbled to be recognized as one of the nation’s top charities by Charity Navigator,” said James Gilroy, COTA’s Chairman of the Board. “Through the dedication of our nationwide network of volunteers and supporters – our Miracle Makers – and the guidance of COTA’s Board of Directors, we ensure that 100% of funds contributed to COTA in honor of transplant patients are available for transplant-related expenses.”

“Without COTA’s contributors, we would not be able to give transplant families a lifetime of hope. We appreciate the trust of our supporters and the tireless work of our volunteers,” Gilroy said.

The nonprofit sector is advancing and expanding,” wrote Charity Navigator’s Thatcher. “Astute (contributors) are yearning for greater accountability, transparency and for concrete results.”

It is estimated that last year Charity Navigator influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts.

About the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)

COTA is the largest organization dedicated to helping families with transplant-related expenses, and providing fundraising assistance to community volunteers across the country. COTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so 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.


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