Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) President Rick Lofgren is Today’s Honoree

Rick Lofgren was named President of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in August 1998. Since that time he has worked to build the charity into a highly respected national fundraising entity that is focused on saving kids’ lives, while saving their families from financial ruin.

During Lofgren’s tenure as President and CEO, COTA has increased patient campaign dollars raised from less than $750,000 to more than $6 million, and has increased the number of annual patient fundraising campaigns from 31 to 225. In addition to providing hands-on fundraising assistance to numerous families and patients awaiting life-saving transplants, COTA has partnered to register thousands of organ donors and held dozens of bone marrow registration drives under Lofgren’s leadership.

Since 1986, COTA has assisted thousands of transplant-needy children and young adults, and has raised well over $110 million for transplant-related expenses. Since COTA’s inception, thousands of families have been served and 2,000+ COTA patients have been transplanted.

At Bloomington, Indiana-based COTA, Lofgren administers strategic operations and policy formulation for the $35 million health care-related and fundraising charity. His specific duties include the implementation of major and planned giving programs; staff management and development; and Board of Directors’ growth and development. Between 1998 and 2018, COTA’s annual revenues increased from less than $1.5 million to more than $8 million.

Lofgren has served on numerous community organizations’ committees and Board of Directors.  Lofgren and his wife, Lisa, are avid cyclists and have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and a grandson.

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