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The Donor Alliance Foundation

Welcome to The Donor Alliance Foundation, where we believe 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.

The Foundation was created in December 1993 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and re-established in August 2017, to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. The Foundation is a supporting foundation to Donor Alliance, the federally designated nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and most of Wyoming. Donor Alliance invests significantly in public education in Colorado and Wyoming and the foundation will build upon those efforts through grantmaking to in-need populations across Colorado and Wyoming.

Our mission is to build partnerships and break down barriers to influence change that will positively affect the donation and transplant community.

Our vision is to ensure those affected by organ and tissue donation are acknowledged, supported and given access to resources that enable the gift of life.

The Foundation will grant in the areas of education, family assistance and research. Qualifying organizations can apply to receive funding to:
· Offer education on donation and transplantation through hospitals, governmental agencies and community health-serving organizations
· Provide funding for grief assistance and compassion support for donor families
· Deliver support for living donors, people who are waiting for a transplant or who are post-transplant and their families
· Fund scholarships for students studying in the area of donation and transplantation (i.e. nursing students, medical students, mortuary science students, master-level social work students)
· Conduct clinical and social research to further the donation and transplantation field


The Donor Alliance Foundation completed its first grant cycle on August 22, 2018 when The Foundation Board of Directors voted to approve thirteen grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

Education Grantees

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • National Kidney Foundation

Family Assistance Grantees

  • American Transplant Foundation
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Liver Health Connection
  • Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
  • St. John’s Hospital Foundation (WY)

Research (social and clinical) Grantees

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Five grants were awarded to various departments within the Regents of the University of Colorado (University of Colorado Denver)

Information about the 2019 Grant Cycle will be coming soon! Stay tuned for important dates and application details.

If at any time throughout the process, you have questions about The Donor Alliance Foundation’s funding priorities, the online grants portal or application, please contact Jennifer Moe, executive director, at info@donoralliancefoundation.org or 303-753-2410.

The foundation’s 2018 Board of Directors:
· Judy Hutchison (Chair)
· John Harney (Vice Chair)
· Gary Ruhl (Secretary/Treasurer)
· Melody Connett
· Igal Kam, M.D.
· Julian Kesner
· Ellen E. Stewart, Esq.
· Michael Talamantes
· David Young
· Jennifer Prinz, Ex-Officio