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The Better Business Bureau Charity Report on The National Transplant Assistance Fund

BBB Wise Giving Report for
National Transplant Assistance Fund

BBB Wise Giving Report issued December 2007
BBB Wise Giving Report expires December 2009

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name:National Transplant Assistance Fund
Address:150 North Radnor Chester Road
Suite F120
 Radnor, PA 19087
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BBB Wise Giving Alliance Comments

National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) meets the 20Standards for Charity Accountability.
National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) meets the 20Standards for Charity Accountability.

National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) meets the 20Standards for Charity Accountability.

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Delaware

Affiliates: None

Stated Purpose: "to help patients mobilize their communities to raise funds for the uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation and catastrophic injury."

Evaluation Conclusions              

National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) meets the 20Standards for Charity Accountability.

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NTAF helps patients facing transplantation and living with catastrophic injury pay for health care. NTAF teaches volunteers how to organize, launch and sustain a successful fundraising campaign. The organization's Patient Assistance Program exists to help transplant patients and victims of catastrophic injury access medical care which might otherwise be unaffordable. NTAF works in close partnership with transplant centers, rehabilitation hospitals and experimental treatment facilities, collaborating to help patients and families streamline their access to NTAF's services. In addition, the organization's Education Program provides organ donation awareness and other relevant materials for community-based fundraisers as well as information about resources and support. Money raised for patients is administered by NTAF in 12 regional funds. Patients apply for assistance grants which are given by NTAF based on financial need and used for uninsured medical expenses. NTAF provides financial services to patients including bill processing, donor acknowledgment and bill payment. The organization reports that over the last eight years, it has distributed over 350,000 Organ Donor cards. As part of NTAF's patient education program, the organization publishes a bi-annual newsletter, "New Start News," to provide information to patients and families on transplantation and services for catastrophic injury patients. In January of 2006, NTAF started an emergency grant program to help patients with a time-limited need for whom fundraising is not practical.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, NTAF's program expenses were:

Patient grants4,341,140
Patient services235,514
Public education152,469
Total Program Expenses:$4,729,123

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Chief Executive : Lynne Coughlin Samson, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Dr. Jack Kolff
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Surgeon (Retired)

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 17

*October 1, 2005 - September 30, 2006 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

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Fund Raising              

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, grant proposals, and Internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,178,134, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
NTAF incurred joint costs of $72,014 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $44,600 was allocated to program expenses, $12,486 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $14,928 was allocated to administrative expenses.

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Tax Status              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

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The following information is based on NTAF's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.

Source of Funds 
Public support, general5,919,499
Interest and dividend income334,978
Matching gifts113,761
Project/operating grants103,900
Combined Federal Campaign26,366
Memorial contributions9,433
United Way5,175
Net gain on investments2,285
Total Income$6,515,397


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 5%  Other Expenses: Less than 1%

Total income $6,515,397
 Program expenses$4,729,123 
 Fund raising expenses98,792 
 Administrative expenses263,555 
 Other Expenses16,970 
Total expenses $5,108,440
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,406,957
Beginning net assets 8,927,589
Ending net assets 10,334,546
Total liabilities 12,769
Total assets $10,347,315

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An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

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