Donor Alliance Foundation: 2020 Request for Proposals & Grant Priorities

Grant Application Deadline: 5:00 PM MDT on Monday, July 27, 2020

The Donor Alliance Foundation (The Foundation) was created to extend the mission of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, by building partnerships and breaking down barriers to influence change to positively affect the donation and transplant community. The Foundation believes that organ and tissue donation and transplantation are human gifts that save lives and that all those affected by donation deserve to be acknowledged, supported and given access to resources that enable the gift of life.

2020 Criteria Overview

The Foundation funds efforts in Colorado and Wyoming that provide access to resources and education for those affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We also support living donors and their families. To do this, we provide funding in three areas: Education, Family Assistance and Research (social and clinical), for a total of $175,000 each year.

These are unprecedented times in our country and service area of Colorado and Wyoming, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some of the needs of our community have changed. Like many organizations, The Foundation wants to do its part to stop the spread of this virus while being responsive to those most in need of funding and resources.

To do this, we plan to:

  • Place an emphasis on Family Assistance funding for transplant patients and their families
  • Seek applicants that are or planning to provide education to reach their audiences in new and innovative ways (as a result of reduced social interaction)
  • Look for ways to support front-line medical staff
  • Continue to support current and past grantees through partnership assistance, or seeking to provide other, relevant opportunities for success
  • Remain nimble regarding changes or shifts needed to accomplish grantee goals or priorities

Qualifying organizations can apply to receive funding to:

  • Provide family assistance to patients waiting for a transplant or who are post-transplant and their families, as well as living donors
  • Assist service providers helping with transportation, food, housing, gas and other related expenses for families in need pre-, post- and during transplant
  • Provide grief assistance and compassion support for donor families
  • Offer new and innovative approaches to education about donation and transplantation through hospitals, governmental agencies, foundations and related nonprofit community health-serving organizations, given reduced social interaction
  • Conduct clinical and social research to further the donation and transplantation field

We will consider applications from partners in the following categories:

  • Nonprofit hospitals (or their foundation) and/or transplant centers; or nonprofit foundations at for-profit hospitals
  • Nonprofit community health-serving organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations providing services to support donation and transplantation (e.g., grief centers, Ronald McDonald Houses)
  • Academic institutions providing critical care training (e.g., nursing, medical or transplant technicians)
  • Governmental agencies (emphasis on regional/rural public health departments)
  • Foundations
  • Nonprofit Associations (transplant or medical related)
  • Nonprofit regional chambers of commerce (funding transplant-related programs)

We will fund:

  • Efforts to meet the needs of patients pre- and post-transplant who have a financial need with limited or no access to funds
  • New and innovative education approaches about donation and transplantation to reach audiences in populations who may not be aware of their options, given reduced social interaction
  • Programs and services that offer grief assistance and compassion support in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Efforts to increase living donation
  • Medical and social research related to transplantation, to provide an opportunity to conduct pilot studies or early exploration (e.g., seed grants)

We will not fund:

  • For-profit companies or businesses
  • Individuals
  • Advocacy or lobbying work
  • Sponsorships
  • Capital projects
  • Other transplant-related causes (e.g., bone marrow, stem cell)
  • Projects outside our service area

Grantmaking Criteria

The project must align with our mission.

  • Does this work build partnerships, break down barriers and positively affect the donation and transplant community?
  • Does it influence change?

The project must make a difference in Colorado and/or Wyoming.

  • Does it benefit our service area and surrounding community?
  • Does it demonstrate a positive impact?
  • Can you show measurable results in the population served?

The project must be achievable and sustainable.

  • Are you able to complete this work in 12 months?
  • Can you demonstrate a plan for lasting impact beyond 12 months?
  • Can the project be completed within the proposed budget?

The project must demonstrate measurable outcomes.

  • Are you able to track and monitor progress and report outcomes?
  • You will need to provide mid-grant and year-end reports to show how you have met your goals.

We will consider applications from nonprofit, academic and governmental organizations only; individuals, including Donor Alliance employees, are not qualified to apply.

Research Grants

All applicants applying for a research grant (social or clinical) will be required to follow a few steps to ensure the project is documented, per Donor Alliance policy. All applicants will be asked to disclose their lead investigator or main point of contact and have an initial brief conversation with Donor Alliance’s Director of Performance Excellence. Additionally, applicants should be prepared to provide a research synopsis and other documentation for review when they submit their application, to ensure the project is documented and evaluated, per Donor Alliance policy.

Eligibility and Application Information


The application window will be open for eight weeks beginning at 9 a.m. MDT on Monday, June 1, 2020. Once the cycle closes at 5 p.m. MDT on Monday, July 27, 2020, the review period will occur from Aug. 1 through Sept. 4, 2020. If a site visit is requested, it will take place Aug. 17-28, 2020, either virtually or in-person. All applicants will be notified of their application’s status (regardless of funding) starting the week of Sept. 21, 2020. The grant cycle and funding will be available Oct. 1, 2020, once the grant agreement has been signed and submitted to The Donor Alliance Foundation.


All applications must be received through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grant submission portal by 5 p.m. MDT on Monday, July 27, 2020. Late or incomplete proposals may not be considered. Again, applicants will be notified of their application’s status starting the week of Sept. 21, 2020.

Funds Available and Grant Period

The Donor Alliance Foundation anticipates making grants ranging in size from $5,000 up to $25,000. The Foundation will allocate more funding for Family Assistance grants in the 2020-21 cycle due to the needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Donor Alliance Foundation makes one-year grants; funds must be expended from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. Because funds are limited, it is anticipated that not all applicants will receive funding.

Eligibility Requirements

The Donor Alliance Foundation accepts proposals from nonprofit community health-serving organizations, nonprofit hospitals, academic institution, governmental agencies, foundations and associations supporting donation and transplantation efforts.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; be a tax-supported institution such as a hospital, government or nonprofit organization; or must have a formal fiscal sponsorship arrangement with a tax-exempt organization. Organizations must be located in and serve Donor Alliance’s designated service area of Colorado

and/or Wyoming.

Organizations with pending grant requests to other foundations may apply for this grant opportunity. Organizations may submit one application in each area, up to three total, in response to this request for proposals. In cases where two or more organizations are partnering on a program or project, one organization should submit a single proposal on behalf of the partnership.

The Donor Alliance Foundation will only consider applicants that apply for a one-year grant. We do not fund multi-year grants.

Indirect costs like key and other essential personnel, equipment and supplies, publications and miscellaneous costs, contract services and travel expenses cannot exceed 10% of total funding. These are defined as administrative costs.


If at any time throughout the process, you have questions about The Donor Alliance Foundation’s funding priorities, the online grant application or anything else, please contact Executive Director Jennifer Moe at or 303-503-8795 (mobile).

Completing Your Application

Applications must be submitted through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grant portal. You can access the portal beginning June 1. If you are a current grantee applying again, you can simply log into your account using your same username and password. You will be able to reset your password. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to create an account to view and complete your grant application. Only applications submitted through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grants portal will be accepted.

After Submitting Your Application

Once you have submitted your grant application online, you will receive an email confirming acceptance. If you wish to access your application at any time, or apply for another grant, simply log into your account. You may not print your application once submitted.

Site Visits

The Donor Alliance Foundation may conduct site visits with some applicants as part of the grant review process. If your organization is selected for a site visit, they will take place from Aug. 17-28, either virtually or in-person, and should include all key staff working on the project.