NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Legacy Donor Foundation

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2701 Kingman, Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70006

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           2701 Kingman, Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70006

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  4097

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $100,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Leigh Ellen Puckett, Chair 1308 Nashville NOLA 70115
Karen Berg, RN 3901 Harvard Avenue Metairie, LA
Pat Browne, III 6057 Annunciation Street NOLA 70118
Alyssa Higgins 5935 Coliseum NOLA 70115
Rev. Dr. Willie Gable, Jr. 1214 S. Robertson St NOLA 70122
Ana Hands, MD 1516 Jefferson Hwy NOLA 70121
Clint Smith, Jr. 6610 Marigny NOLA 70122
Elise Ryan 6531 Center Street NOLA 70124
Brandi Theard 6223 Milne Blvd. NOLA 70124
Leigh Director 423 Ridgeway Dr. Metairie, LA 70001
Yolanda Wilson, BSN, RN 2701 Kingman, Suite 101 Metairie, LA 70006
Nicole Labadot, ED 2701 Kingman, Suite 101 Metairie, LA 70006

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Legacy Donor Foundation's mission is to prevent the loss of human life due to the lack of available organs for transplantation by educating Louisiana citizens about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation. Legacy works tirelessly with our Donate Life Louisiana collaborative partners to increase the Louisiana Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Since we began our work over 23 years ago, the list of registered donors in Louisiana has grown from 450,000 to over 2.6 million. But even more importantly, thousands of lives have been saved – a direct result of the increase in the number of registered donors. We have accomplished this by educating Louisiana citizens about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and calling them to action to register as donors. However, the waiting list keeps growing, and the number of organs available for transplantation has not been able to keep up. Therefore, the need for what we do is more important than ever!

Our programs focus on educating Louisianans about donation and transplantation. Our primary focus is to educate OMV employees and Driver's Education instructors to have the information needed to answer donation questions and provide individuals with the knowledge required to make an "informed decision" regarding donation. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are given the opportunity to register as donors, and many say YES! However, the need still outweighs the supply, so our work is far from done.

Legacy will provide educational materials to Driving Schools, OMV partners and collaborative partners to ensure they have the resources needed to teach organ donation during Driver's Ed courses. OMV employees ask about each individual's wishes regarding becoming an organ donor when they get a Driver's License or state-issued ID. We are adding resources for our partners to ensure everyone on the front lines has access to educational materials.

Legacy promotes donor awareness as Donate Life Louisiana (DLL), the brand for the cause of donation that motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. We develop and execute campaigns to encourage donor registry and foster acceptance of this life-saving gift. The Donate Life logo symbolizes a nationally recognized brand with a call to action, encouraging the public to Donate Life — to register their decision to save lives.

LDF seeks funding from the state to continue this crucial partnership and increase focus on Drivers Education Programs. We will provide information that will become a topic of discussion and lead to more informed citizens and ultimately result in more registered donors. The more donors, the more lives that will be saved!

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000
          Professional Services. . . $10,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $65,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Louisiana, and the country, are suffering from a crisis caused by the lack of organs available for transplantation. Nationally, there are more than 100,000 individuals on the transplant waiting list in need of life-saving organ transplants. Sadly, twenty people die each day waiting for a transplant, and every nine minutes, another person is added to the national waiting list.

In our state, there are over 2,000 individuals on the waiting list. While the number of transplants that occur each year have increased, the rate at which people are added to the waiting list is exponentially increasing. Additionally, the number of individuals who have the potential to become donors due to medical history, death circumstances, etc., results in about 1% of individuals actually becoming donors. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to encourage people to register as donors so that if they have the ability to save lives, they will.

Organ donation is a huge health crisis in our state and since 1999, Legacy Donor Foundation (LDF) has been battling the increasing number of individuals on our state’s transplant waiting list by educating citizens about the critical need for donation. Through public education and awareness activities, LDF promotes donation and fosters universal acceptance of this life-saving gift.

Ninety-five percent of those registering to become a donor in Louisiana do so through the OMV where each person is asked if he/she "would like to become an organ donor". Our long-time partnership with the OMV is an incredible part of our awareness activities because we have a tremendous opportunity to educate those needing or renewing a driver’s license as well as non-drivers, who will need a state-issued ID.

To help the busy OMV staff fulfill their state-mandated responsibility, LDF provides educational materials. It is imperative that the staff is properly equipped with information to provide to all customers about the decision to become a donor. With limited time for OMV staff to discuss this important topic with each individual, these tools allow customers to inform themselves and feel confident in answering the question about registering to be an organ donor.

In addition to our statewide awareness campaign for Donate Life Louisiana, LDF is currently working on Living Donor programs. Since 85% of individuals on the waiting list are in need of a kidney transplant, and because the average wait time for a kidney is over five years, we recognize that only encouraging people to become registered donors is not enough to stop the waiting list from growing. A living donor is able to donate one kidney to someone in need.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          - Increase organ donor registration through the OMV and focus on underperforming markets throughout Louisiana.
- Increase online registrations through the online Donor Registry
- Stress the need for donation and dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with organ, eye and tissue donation
- Enhance awareness programs with Driving Schools across Louisiana to help increase the number of young donors

Our programs continuously evolve to meet our statewide needs and target geographic areas with lower donor designation rates. Our goal is to increase the Louisiana Organ Donor Registry by 100,000 registered donors annually.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Sept 2022 - June 2023

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Nicole Labadot 
                                       address:  2701 Kingman Street, Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70006

                                       phone:  (504) 558-8900
                                       fax:  (504) 558-8999
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director