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 70006


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           2701 Kingman Street, 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:
           Board of Directors
Casey Pellerin Westguard, Chairman
3700 Octavia, New Orleans, LA 70125

Elizabeth A. Boh, Vice Chair
118 Vincent Metairie, LA 70005

William Prieur, Immediate Past Chair
1326 Phillip Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Pat Browne, III
810 Union Street, Fourth Floor New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Cristi Fowler Chauvin
533 Nashville Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115

Alyssa Fletchinger
5935 Coliseum Street New Orleans, LA 70115

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

Whitney Guarisco
4 Althea Ln. Metairie, LA 70005

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

Mara Haseltine, MD
111 Veterans Blvd. Ste 406 Metairie, LA 70005

Jeremy Head
1675 Soniat Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Brad Hunter
3308-B Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115

Carol Meyer, MD
1430 Tulane Ave # 4513, New Orleans, LA 70112

Machelle Payne
1444 Henry Clay Blvd New Olreans, La 70118

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

Mark Romig
47 Fountainbleau New Orleans, LA 70125

Heidi Saprito
305 Cedar, Metairie, LA 70005

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

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

Emeritus Board Members
Johanna Marcotte Brown
Anne Grace
Louise M. Jacobbi
Elise U. Kiser
Mary Marks
M. Cleland Powell, III
Jeanette Slakely
Thomas D. Westfeldt, II
Tee Zimmerman


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Louisiana, and the country, is suffering from a crisis caused by the lack of organs available for transplantation. Nationally, there are 119,989 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.

LDF's current programs include partnerships with OMVs, Youth Awareness Programs, Physician Education, Faith-Based Awareness, and a new Media Campaign that will begin airing in 2016. In the past year, LDF re-designed its printed materials with a new look that appeals to the many diverse populations living in Louisiana. The new look appears on posters, rack cards, counter mats, clipboards, t-shirts, postcards, fans, and more that are shared through our programs. Additional achievements have included increased accessibility by a mobile-friendly website with the ability to register to be a donor directly from the LDF site; heightened online ad campaign, bringing 600+ people to the on-line Registry page; successfully completed digital billboard campaign centered around National Donate Life month throughout the metro New Orleans area, including a premiere location near the Superdome; and more.

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.

When LDF was founded, there were 450,000 names on Louisiana's Organ Donor Registry. Through strong marketing and public relations campaigns, which include comprehensive education programs that stress the need for donation and dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with organ, eye, and tissue donation, LDF has helped increase the number of names on the registry to over 2.4 million. With programs that continuously evolve to meet statewide needs and target geographic areas of lower donor designation rates.


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 119,989 (as of 10/30/16) individuals on the waiting list in need of a life-saving organ transplantation. Louisiana has 2,128 men, women and children waiting. Sadly, 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. Although the rate at which citizens in Louisiana are joining the Organ Donor Registry is steadily increasing, 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.

In Louisiana 95% of those registering to become a donor do so through the OMV. This opportunity is phenomenal because even our non-drivers will need a state issued ID for Medicare or Medicaid. This is an extremely captive audience.

Legacy will continue to provide each Office of Motor Vehicles staff with rack cards, counter mats, posters and brochures. In order to save more lives, 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 will allow customers to inform themselves and feel confident in answering the mandated question about registering to be an organ donor.

Legacy Donor Foundation will also focus on Drivers Education Programs since in Louisiana we have 69,000 - 15 year olds getting a permit annually and this is their first opportunity to say "yes" to organ donation. We will also enhance this outreach by printing information for the parents to be given during the parent's orientation. It's our hopes this information will become a topic of discussion and lead to more informed citizens and ultimately result in more registered donors in Louisiana.

Legacy Donor Foundation's primary goal 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.


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 the 200+ Driving Schools across Louisiana to help increase the number of young registered organ, eye and tissue 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 120,000) of registered donors by 2018.

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 2.4 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 outreach, signage, an online presence on local community websites; brochures and educational materials; appealing to multicultural and minority populations through faith-based materials, specific interest sites, etc.; partnering with community-based organizations that serve large numbers.

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. This will further help save lives through donation.


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:
                 N/A
    
     (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:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 0

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

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: 
               N/A

(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:
               N/A

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

          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:
                 N/A

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


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

                                       phone:  (504) 558-8900
                                       fax:  (504) 558-8999
                                       e-mail:  nicole@organawareness.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director