“We were referred to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) by another transplant family. Just learning there was an organization that could help with fundraising for transplant-related expenses while providing guidance eased some of our initial stress. COTA’s affiliation with our local Walgreens also helped tremendously with medication coordination and delivery. The website COTA provided Read More

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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.

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 is the largest organization dedicated to helping families with transplant-related expenses, and providing fundraising assistance to community volunteers 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!


The American Legion

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on four pillars of a strong nation: national security, veteran’s affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the United States.

COTA has received a commendation from the National Executive Committee of The American Legion. The American Legion and its affiliated organizations – The American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders – work for the betterment of veterans and youth in their communities. For more information, or to locate an American Legion Post in your community, please visit legion.org.

The American Legion Commendation of COTA