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, Louisiana 70006

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           2701 Kingman Street, Suite 101
Metairie, Louisiana 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:
           Nicole Labadot
Executive Director, Legacy Donor Foundation
2701 Kingman Street, Suite 101
Metairie, LA 70006

Leigh Ellen Puckett
1308 Nashville Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

Ansley Seaver Marshall
1316 Arabella Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Betsy Thibaut Laborde
1001 Henry Clay
New Orleans, LA 70118

Pat Browne, III
109 Fredrichs Ave
Metairie, LA 70005

Leigh Whitman Director
423 Ridgeway Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Meghan Donelon
521 Baronne Street, Unit 503
New Orleans, LA 70113

Alyssa Fletchinger Higgins
5935 Coliseum Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Rev. Dr. Willie Gable, Jr.
1214 S. Robertson Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

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

Mara Haseltine, MD
4921 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Heidi Saporito
5441 Judalon Lane
Houston, TX 77056

Clint Smith, Jr.
6610 Marigny
New Orleans, LA 70122

Elise Ryan
6531 Center Street
New Orleans, LA 70124

Scott Tucker, MD
1217 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Casey Pellerin Westguard
6939 Gaines Ridge Road
Columbus, GA 31904

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Legacy Donor Foundation's mission is to prevent 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 22 years ago, the list of registered donors in Louisiana has grown from 450,000 to over 2.5 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!

In the State of Louisiana, a person registers as a donor by saying "YES" when getting their driver's license, State ID or signing up on the Louisiana Donor Registry online Louisiana has continued to see an increase in the registry of close to 100,000 a year during our awareness campaigns.

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 provides educational materials to Driving Schools, OMV partners and our Donate Life LA collaborative partners to ensure they have the resources needed to fulfill the organ donation mandate requiring 30 minutes of education during Driver's Ed courses. Our OMV employees are mandated to ask an individual's wishes regarding becoming a registered organ donor when they get a Driver's License or state-issued ID. We are adding digital training resources to our partners to ensure everyone on the front lines has access to the proper 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.

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, is suffering from a crisis caused by the lack of organs available for transplantation. Nationally, there are more than 110,000 individuals on the waiting list in need of life-saving organ transplants. Sadly, twenty people die each day waiting for a 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. While the number of transplants that occur each year have increased, the rate at which people are added to the waiting list is also exponentially increasing. Additionally the number individuals who have the potential to become donors due to medical history, death circumstances, etc., results in less than 1% of deceased 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 we have been battling the increasing number of individuals on the state 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 due to the state mandate that requires each person be asked whether 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 for Medicare or Medicaid.

To help the busy OMV staff fulfill their state-mandated responsibility, we provide each OMV staff partner with rack cards, counter mats, posters, brochures and more. It's 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 a very exciting initiative: Living Donor Louisiana partnering with the Donate Life America WELD program. 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. 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.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          LDF seeks funding from the state to continue this crucial partnership by supporting the costs associated with the educational materials for each OMV, Driving School and Donate Life partners across Louisiana. Additionally, LDF will also increase its focus on Drivers Education Programs. In Louisiana, we have approximately 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. The more donors, the more lives that can be saved!

Primary Objectives:
Increase organ donor registration through the OMV
Focus on under-preforming 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 in Louisiana

Our programs continuously evolve to meet our statewide needs and target geographic areas of 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?
           12 months

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:  5045588900
                                       fax:  5045588999
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director