NGO Funding Request


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

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2701 Kingman Street
Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70001


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           2701 Kingman Street
Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70001


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:
           William Prieur, Board Chair
1326 Phillip Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Machelle Payne, Immediate Past Board Chair
1444 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

Devin J. Wakeman, Treasurer
5631 Laurel, New Orleans, LA 70115

Lindsey Brower Beard, Active Member
6138 Holly Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77057

Betsy Brien, Active Member
4622 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

Rev. Willie Gable, Active Member
1214 S. Robertson Street, New Orleans, LA 70122

Ana Hands, MD, Active Member
1516 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

Jeremy Head, Active Member
1675 Soniat Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Elizabeth B. Hefler, Executive Board
1112 Jena Street, New Orleans, La 70115

Heidi Heumann Saporito, Active Member
305 Cedar, Metairie, LA 70005

Clint Smith, Executive Board
6610 Marigny, New Orleans, LA 70122

Mullady Voelker, Active Board Member
2748 Metairie Lawn Dr # B, Metairie, LA 70002

Casey Pellerin Westgard, Active Board Member
3700 Octavia, New Orleans, LA 70125

Nicole Labadot, Executive Director
2701 Kingman Street, Suite 101 Metairie, LA 70006


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Founded in 1999, the mission of Legacy Donor Foundation (LDF) is to prevent the loss of human life due to lack of available organs for transplantation by educating the citizens of Louisiana about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Through public education and awareness activities, LDF promotes organ, eye, and tissue donation and fosters informed acceptance of the process.

The need for transplantation does not discriminate based on ethnicity, age or gender. People of all ages — from infants to great-grandparents — and from all types of backgrounds are on the waiting list. Anyone can potentially be a donor regardless of age, race or medical history. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, poor eyesight or cataracts may not prevent anyone from being a donor. Further, all major religions approve of organ, eye and tissue donation and see it as an unselfish act of charity. Everyone has the potential to save as many as nine (9) lives, cornea donation can restore sight of two (2) people, and tissue donation can enhance the lives of 50 more. We want the citizens of our state to have all the information necessary to make an informed decision about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.

LDF’s greatest work is with the state’s OMV offices, where 95% of those registering to become a donor in Louisiana do so. In Louisiana, a state mandate requires that the OMV staff ask each visitor if he or she will register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Due to this, our partnership with the OMVs is our biggest education opportunity. Additionally, there are 69,000 students each year that complete driver’s education and prepare for their first license, at which time they will also be asked to register as a donor. Driver’s education instructors are also requires by state mandate to provide 30 minutes of instruction on organ, eye, and tissue donation. To assist the OMV and driver’s schools with these responsibilities, LDF will provide all with important educational materials (rack cards, brochures, posters, videos, promotional materials, and more) that stress the need for donation in our state and dispel any myths and misconceptions of donation.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,000
          Professional Services. . . $5,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $75,000

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, is suffering from a crisis caused by the lack of organs available for transplantation. Nationally, there are 122,640 individuals on the waiting list in need of a life-saving organ transplantation. Twenty-two people die each day waiting for a life-saving transplant and every ten minutes, another person is added to the national waiting list.

In our state, there are over 2,000 individuals on the transplant waiting list - the highest in our state’s history! While the number of transplants that occur each year has stagnated, the rate at which people are added to the waiting list is exponentially increasing. Additionally, only 1% of potential organ donors are eligible to become donors due to medical history, death circumstances, etc., resulting in less than 1% of deceased individuals actually becoming donors. It is still imperative to encourage people to become organ, eye, and tissue donors, so that if they have the ability to save lives, they can. Organ donation is a huge health crisis in our state.

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 organ, eye, and tissue donation. Through public education and awareness activities, LDF promotes organ, eye, and tissue donation and fosters universal acceptance of this life-saving gift.

Ninety-five percent of those registering to become organ, eye and tissue donors in Louisiana do so through the OMV due to the state mandate that requires that each person be asked whether he or 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 for Medicare or Medicaid.

To help the busy OMV staff fulfill their state-mandated responsibility, LDF provides each OMV with rack cards, counter mats, posters, brochures, etc. It is imperative that the staff is properly equipped with information to provide to all customers about the decision to become an organ, eye and tissue 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.

LDF seeks funding from the state to continue this crucial partnership by supporting the costs associated with the educational materials for each OMV. Additionally, LDF will also increase its focus on Drivers Education Programs. In Louisiana, we have 69,000 - 15 year olds getting a permit annually and this is also the first opportunity for these students to say "yes" to organ donation. We will enhance this outreach by printing information for the parents to be given during the parent's orientation. We hope that this information will become a topic of discussion and lead to more informed citizens and ultimately result in more registered donors in Louisiana.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Legacy Donor Foundation's Objectives:
- Increase organ, eye, and tissue donation registration through the OMV
- Provide a greater focus on under-preforming markets throughout Louisiana
- Increase online registrations through the Louisiana Organ Donor Registry
- Stress the need for donation and dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with organ, eye, and tissue donation
- Build awareness programs with Driving Schools across Louisiana to help increase the number of young donors in Louisiana

With programs that continuously evolve to meet statewide needs and target geographic areas of lower donor designation rates, LDF’s goal is to increase the Louisiana Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donor Registry by 5% (or 110,000) of registered donors by 2017.

When LDF was founded, there were 450,000 names on Louisiana’s Organ Donor Registry. Through strong marketing and public relations campaigns. LDF has helped increase the number of names on the registry to over 2.3 million individuals.

To implement our statewide awareness campaign, LDF uses outreach materials that include utilizing testimonial-based messaging of a recipient or someone on the waiting list; creating large-scale awareness using billboards, posters in bus shelters, and bus and streetcar signage; an online presence on local community websites; sending brochure and educational materials through direct mail; appealing to multicultural and minority populations through faith-based materials, specific interest sites, etc.; partnering with community-based organizations that serve large numbers.

LDF will compliment its statewide awareness campaign and partnership with OMV with its other dynamic programs. These include:

1) Living Donor Louisiana - LDF is currently in the planning stages for a new and very exciting initiative: Living Donor Louisiana. Since the majority 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 wait list from growing. A living donor is able to donate one kidney to someone in need. Living Donor Louisiana will be a platform to educate citizens about the prospect of living donation, facilitate living donation with our state’s transplant centers, and empower those on the waiting list to potentially find their own donor from family members or friends.
2) Physicians Education - LDF offers an accredited physicians’ CME that is promoted through hospital partnerships to help inform doctors on organ donation and ways to discuss organ donation with patients.
3) Commercial Media Campaign - LDF is developing commercials to be aired in the top four syndicates in Louisiana in 2016. These commercials will tell the story of different organ recipients to encourage others to register to be a donor.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Legacy's General Awareness Campaign is a 12 month program

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:
                 Jeremy Head, who is an active Board Member lives at 1675 Soniat Street, New Orleans, LA 70115. He is married to New Orleans City Councilwoman, Stacy Head.

     (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? 

(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 7001

                                       phone:  5045588900
                                       fax:  5045588999
                                       e-mail:  nicole@organawareness.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director