Children's Organ Transplant Association (Bloomington, IN)


  • Name:Mr. Rick Lofgren
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Children's Organ Transplant Association
  • Address:2501 West COTA Drive
    Bloomington, IN 47403
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:812.336.8872
  • Main fax:812.336.8885

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:2501 West COTA Drive
    Bloomington, IN 47403
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:800.366.2682
  • Mobile phone:317.946.2633
  • Home phone:317.946.2633

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  • Mission:
  • The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a 501(c) 3 national charity dedicated to helping families of children who need life-saving transplants. Our mission statement is: “The Children’s Organ Transplant Association assists children and young adults who need life-saving transplants through fundraising assistance and family support.”

  • Overview:
  • The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a 501(c)3 national charity dedicated to helping families of children and young adults who need life-saving transplants. Each and every year COTA works with thousands of Miracle Makers across the country to organize fundraising activities and donor awareness events.

    COTA has the opportunity to give hope and make miracles due to individuals and representatives of organizations who have stepped forward as volunteers and contributors in an effort to help COTA’s families. Recently, a supporter was so moved by a COTA child’s experiences (a child she had never met) that she is making a significant gift through her estate plan to help children who need life-saving transplants. Many other COTA Miracle Makers have turned their desire to ‘help a child in my community’ into a sophisticated and highly productive fundraising campaign, or a generous contribution, to help meet COTA patients’ transplant-related expenses.

    Without a moment of hesitation, COTA’s staff members can share numerous comments from parents about what a tremendous life-saving impact their team of local volunteers had on their family. More than 200,000 Miracle Makers have donated time and resources to COTA to help families facing transplants. Through COTA’s nationwide network of Miracle Makers, thousands of transplant families have benefited from the service and contributions of a myriad of volunteers.

  • History:
  • As COTA continues to build upon nearly 30 years of community service, we estimate that more than 250,000 people have donated time and resources to help COTA families. To date some 2,500 transplant families have benefited from the contributions of these volunteers and the services of COTA. We call these volunteers “Miracle Makers” because they help us Give Hope and Make Miracles for families with children who need a life-saving transplant.

    COTA’s story of giving hope and making miracles began with the plight of a toddler from Bloomington, Indiana. In 1985, this child’s parents were told their son had Biliary Atresia, and that he needed a liver transplant to survive. Adding to their pain was the fact that they faced exclusion from the organ waiting list due to their lack of funds. Caring for two small children, they could not pay for such a costly surgery.

    When their family, friends and community members learned of their dire situation, hundreds responded enthusiastically. School children gave their allowances and went door-to-door collecting change. Neighbors donated cash, brought in meals and provided support and comfort. Friends took coin canisters to the local county fair and asked for donations. Local political leaders interceded with insurance companies on their behalf. Within weeks, the community raised more than $100,000, enabling this child to be placed on the liver transplant waiting list.

    Tragically, he died before a liver became available. But his death was not the end of the story for it inspired a determination to help other families across the country that faced similar challenges. These good people had the heart and vision to found the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. What started as a community effort to save the life of one child has grown into a national organization that has helped children and young adults receive a life-saving transplant. Through the years COTA’s Miracle Makers have encouraged contributors to donate more than $80 million to help these children have a second chance at life.

  • Year established:1986
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:17
  • Staff size:19

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Linda Bellamy, RN *
    Rose Black
    Melanie Castillo-Cullather *
    Tim DeBruicker
    Lou Dimmerman *
    T. Michael Ford *
    Michael D. Faler *
    Michelle Flick *
    Lisa Fulkerson, CPA, CFO +
    Scott Ganton
    James Gilroy, III
    Debbie Gordon, MSS, LSW *
    Mark Hannah, CPA, Treasurer
    Craig Huffman, CPA
    Roland Kohr
    Richard Lofgren, CFRE, President +
    Nick Lynum *
    Dr. Rebecca Martinez Reid
    Chella McClead, MSW *
    Danny McConnell *
    Kathleen McNeely, Secretary
    F. Anthony Paganelli, Vice Chair
    Scott Price, CPA, Chair
    Sara Sanders *
    Carol Seaman *
    Brent Starks *
    Dr. Mirian Taddei
    George Taliaferro, Chairman Emeritus *
    Dr. Sherree A. Wilson
    Dr. William Winslade *
    * Denotes President’s Advisory Council Member
    + Denotes Non-Voting Ex Officio Board Member

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Rick Lofgren, CFRE
    President & CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Lyndsi Bennett, Patient Campaign Specialist
    Jennifer Benson, Marketing Specialist
    Stacy Clark, Family Services Specialist
    Lisa Fulkerson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Susan Gray, Bookkeeping Assistant
    Douglas A. Lippert, Resource Development Manager
    Rick Lofgren, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Rebecca McCall, Patient Services Specialist
    Barry Martin, Technology and Web Specialist
    Kim Carter Parker, Manager of Communications
    Amy Rasing, Manager of Campaign Development
    Brenda Lobdell Scheider, Chief Development Officer
    Martha Selk, Donations Assistant
    Judy Sutton, Administrative Assistant
    Jackie Tate, Family Services Specialist


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:35-1674365

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:351674365
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2501 W COTA DR
  • Organization City:BLOOMINGTON
  • Organization State:IN
  • Organization Zip:47403-4204
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1987
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):927
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Fundraising
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$35,078,743
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$19,681,367
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$8,609,915
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:28:38 pm

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