Financial Resources Directory
Because many patients cannot afford to pay for the full cost of organ transplant surgery, or even a small insurance deductible amount, using their personal funds, it is common for patients explore other options to help them fund their procedure.
The following organizations may provide financial assistance to transplant candidates or recipients and their families. This is a sample listing and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive list or an endorsement. Ask your transplant financial team for the latest information or help.
Air Charity Network
4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA
Transports ambulatory patients up to a distance of 500 to 700 miles using private pilots and their aircraft. Can transport people for transplant and follow-up appointments. Medical and financial need must be documented. Service is free of charge.
Air Care Alliance
2060 State Highway 595
Lindrith, New Mexico 87029
Provides the only central listing of all known groups whose members perform free public benefit flights for patient transport and other missions of public service.
American Kidney Fund
6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 1010
Rockville, MD 20852
American Medical Support Flight Team
3237 Donald Douglas Loop South
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Provides free air transportation on private aircraft for needy people with healthcare problems and for healthcare agencies, organ procurement organizations, blood banks and tissue banks. No fees of any kind. Volunteers serving the public since 1983.
COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association)
2501 West COTA Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403
Helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant (organ,bone marrow and cord blood) by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA does not charge for its services and does not take a percentage of funds raised.
Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF)
6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
600 Embassy Row, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30328
Provides both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant.
2039 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60647
Empowers families to create individual fundraising pages for their loved ones facing a medical crisis.
Health Insurance Marketplace
National Insurance Consumer Hotline
National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC)
2461 S. Clark Street, Suite 640
Arlington, VA 22202
This programs provides financial assistance to those who want to donate an organ, priority is given to individuals not otherwise able to afford the travel and subsistence expenses associated with living organ donation.
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
Patient Education and Advocacy
These organizations may be able to provide patient education and patient advocacy services.
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
6900 Grove Rd.
Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447
Contact: Susan Nelson, Account Executive
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231-4596
American Medical Association
515 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Contact: Reed V. Tuckson, MD, Group Vice-President
American Organ Transplant Association
3335 Cartwright Road
Missouri City, TX 77459
Contact: Ellen Gordon Woodall, Executive Director
American Share Foundation
6464 Dempsey Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406-6015
Contact: John S. Abbott, President
American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
P.O. Box 15804
Lenexa, KS 66285-5804
Contact: Debbie J. Elder, Executive Director
American Society of Minority Health and Transplant Professionals
P.O. Box 8324
St. Louis, MO 63132-0324
Contact: Tereasa D Parks-Thomas, President
American Society of Nephrology
1200 19th Street, N.W., Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20036-2422
Contact: Sherri A. Mara, Executive Director
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
2000 L Street, NW, Ste. 200
Washington, DC 20036
Contact: Katrina Crist, Executive Director
American Thoracic Society
New York, NY 10019
Contact: Marilyn Hansen, Executive Director
American Urological Association
1120 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact: G. James Gallagher, Executive Director
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
One Cambridge Ct.
8110 GateHouse Rd., Ste. 101 West
Falls Church, VA 22042
Contact: Daniel Whiteside, DDS, Executive Director
Center for Liver Diseases
1500 NW 12th Ave., Ste. 1101
Miami, FL 33136
Contact: Eugene Schiff, MD, Director
Forum of ESRD Networks
1527 Huguenot Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23113
Contact: Denise Daly, Administrator
Hepatitis Foundation International
30 Sunrise Terrace
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Contact: Thelma King Thiel, Chairman and CEO
Insulin-Free World Foundation
750 S. Hanley Road, Ste. 360
St. Louis, MO 63105-2682
Contact: Deborah Butterfield, Executive Director
International Transplant Nurses Society
Foster Plaza 5, Ste. 300
651 Holiday Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Contact: Nancy Stitt, Executive Director
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
1 Renaissance Blvd.
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181
Contact: Dennis O'Leary, MD, President
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Contact: James E. Mulvihill, D.M.D., CEO and President
The Kidney Transplant Patient Partnering Program
An educational service of Roche Laboratories Inc.
Kidney and Urology Foundation of America
1250 Broadway, Suite 2001
New York, NY 10001
National Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP)
Ambulatory Care Center
2041 Georgia Ave., NW, Ste. 3100
Washington, DC 20060
Contact: Katherine Woods Erwin, MD, Executive Director
National Organization for Rare Disorders
P.O. Box 8923
New Fairfield, CT 06812-8923
Contact: Abbey S. Meyers, President
North American Society for Dialysis and Transplantation
c/o Wadi Suki, MD
550 Fannin St., Ste. 1273
Houston, TX 77030
Contact: Wadi Suki, MD, Treasurer
North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO)
P.O. Box 15384
Lenexa, KS 66285-5384
Contact: Deidre Panjada, Executive Director
The Partnership for Organ Donation
2 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02109-4901
Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc.
9030 W Lakeview Ct.
Crystal River, FL 34428
TRIO Scholarship Prgram
Each year, TRIO's Scholarship Program gives thousands of dollars in academic grants to transplant candidates, recipients, donors or their family members. These scholarships are generously funded by several TRIO chapters, individuals and interested organizations. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward their education at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship
Awards $2,500 scholarships yearly to transplant recipients under the age of 25 who are a senior in high school or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college, university, or trade/technical school, offered to students residing in the Gift of Life Donor Program (OPO) service area (Eastern half of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey or Delaware).
The David Nelson Jr Memorial Fund Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is offered to a donor family's children living in the Gift of Life Donor Program region (Southern NJ, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania) and is available for private/parochial high school in addition to college, university, trade school.
Isabelle Christenson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship awards an individual or family member of someone directly impacted by organ donation, including transplant candidates, recipients and donor family members.
Jake Burke Memorial Scholarship
In memory of his son, Jake, an organ donor, this $1,000 scholarship is offered for Loch Raven High School seniors in Towson, Maryland. Students of this school only should see their guidance counselor for an application.
The Marcena Lozano Memorial Scholarship Fund
In memory of their daughter, Marcena, the Lozanos offer several $1,000-$3,000 undergraduate scholarships with preference to candidates in western New York state but awarded to students all across the country.
Legacy of Life Scholarship
The Washington Regional Transplant Center (WRTC) awards $14,000 in scholarship to high school seniors in their jurisdiction of Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties and cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park); Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Charles counties). Endowed by the Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund.
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) Scholarship
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America offers a scholarship and awards program for kidney and urology patients. One of only a few such initiatives in the country, the program is designed to stimulate education and allow individuals to live productively with renal and urologic disease.
The Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship
This award honors former APS teacher and kidney transplant recipient Betty Montoya with two $1,000 scholarships and two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from a New Mexico high school.
Georgia Transplant Foundation
The Georgia Transplant Foundation awards seven scholarships to residents of Georgia attending college.
Michael Corea Scholarship
This scholarship, offered by TRIO Greater Cleveland Chapter, is awarded to a deserving transplant candidate, recipient or living donor who a resident of Ohio.
Donate Life South Carolina
Donate Life South Carolina offers two scholarships (the Lawrence F. McManus Scholarship and the DLSC Scholarship) for South Carolina residents.
IOPO Foundation Scholarships
IOPO staff contribute money each year to fund educational scholarships for the immediate family members of Indiana organ/tissue donors, as well as living donors who gave organs to relatives, transplant recipients, people waiting for organs, and their immediate family members.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on July 10, 2003 by UNOS and last modified on July 16, 2012.The following sources were used as references:
Transplant Recipient International Organization, retrieved July 17, 2012.
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