My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Cota Childrens Organ Transplant Association Inc, Bloomington, IN, USA
We worked with COTA for my son's transplant, beginning before the transplant, while he was waiting. When he got his transplant sooner than planned, it was a good thing we had started early.
The thing people should understand about COTA is they do not raise the funds for you. You must have a group of people to do the work. What COTA does and does very well is help you out with the red tape of managing a charity. Since the money raised goes into COTA, as a registered 501(c)(3) you don't have to deal with all the paperwork and tax issues, or decide what the money will be spent on. They guide you through all of that.
COTA will give you a lot of good advice on how to raise funds and will sit down with you and help you estimate how much needs to be raised. Once you set a goal and reach it, COTA manages all the reimbursements for expenses.
Since my son's transplant we have been receiving reimbursements for travel expenses and some medical supply expenses from them with no problems. They have a clear set of requirements to report the expenses and turn around time for reimbursement has been about a week.
I would highly recommend COTA over attempting to "do-it-yourself." They are a dedicated and professionally run group and delivered what they promised.