Help us reach our $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal!

Saving lives together

Kristofer Garriott (left) and Omar Garriott (right) have more in common than being half-brothers. They share a liver!

Kris saved Omar's life by donating 60% of his liver. To show his gratitude and raise awareness about organ transplant, Omar has raised $5,000 for United Network for Organ Sharing and continues to share his story. You can do the same!

Every day, organ transplant saves an average of 100 lives. We think this number should be higher. You can help.

#LifeGivingTuesday, December 3, 2019

Become a UNOS peer-to-peer fundraiser!

 

Help us say thank you — use the video’s share options.

Be a fundraising maven like Omar by following these simple steps. Already a pro? Go directly to our toolkit.

1

Set a personal goal, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can use our $10,000 #GivingTuesday goal or you can set a personal goal if you create your own fundraiser.

2

Lead by example and make the gift first, motivating others to give.

3

Reach out. Email your friends and family to tell them about your fundraiser, goal, and why organ transplant matters to you. Start with close friends and family as they are more likely to give. Use these email templates to get started.

4

Share your story, fundraiser, and goal on social media in the days and weeks leading up to target day. When you post, tweet, or email remember to tell your personal why. Why does organ transplant matter to you? How has it touched your life? We love hearing your stories, so please tag us! If you want to share other stories to help motivate your peers, you can use our stories of hope.

5

Say thank you! Every time someone gives to your fundraiser, thank them.

6

Keep engaging your peers by using the photos and content in our toolkit. This will help you raise awareness and dollars for UNOS.

The need

Knowledge is power. When sharing your fundraiser, customize it with information relevant to your state and organ. Here are some messages and stats you can use in your posts and emails for your fundraiser.

  • UNOS mission: to unite and strengthen the donation and transplant community to save lives.
  • UNOS vision: a life-saving transplant for everyone in need.
  • UNOS tagline: Saving lives together
  • More than 113,000 people are on the waitlist today.
  • A new person is added to the list every 10 minutes. Today, 18 candidates will die waiting for an organ.
  • Every day an average of 100 lives are saved by organ transplant, but we think this number should be higher. You can make that happen.
  • Complex challenges exist within transplantation that require innovative solutions. Organ preservation, transportation, logistics, and transplant data management are all areas in need of research funding.
  • With 35 years of experience as the nation’s transplant system and decades of data, UNOS is uniquely situated to address these problems, but we can’t do it alone.
How will charitable gifts be used?

When you give to UNOS, you invest in programs that focus on solutions to make the system better and more effective, so more lives are saved. These solutions aim to reduce patient wait time, enhance recipient quality of life, and increase the number of transplants.

Charitable gifts support UNOS Labs, technology innovations, research, data analytics, the National Donor Memorial, and Transplant Living – free educational materials provided to patients and their families to help them navigate the complexities of transplant.

Integrity & transparency

UNOS is committed to trust and accountability. We are proud of our gold-level designation by GuideStar, the premier source of information on U.S. non-profit organizations. Learn more about our annual financial reporting.

We are dedicated to being good stewards of your gift. View our Uniform Disclosure Statement and read our privacy policy.

UNOS is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Future fundraising opportunity: Donate Life Month, April 2020

UNOS is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant

Integrity & transparency

We are proud of our gold-level designation by GuideStar, the premier source of information on U.S. non-profit organizations.

Contact UNOS Philanthropy

Lindsey Leach,
Senior Development Officer

Fundraising toolkit

Facebook

Photo gallery for Facebook – click, drag, and drop these into your status update.

Copy and paste into your post, or customize to make it relevant to you:

I gave to @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing because I am an organ recipient and it saved my life. Help @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing reach their $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal by making a gift on #GivingTuesday. Give: www.unos.org/give.

I gave to @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing because my family member was an organ donor and she saved lives. Help @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing reach their $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal by making a gift on #GivingTuesday so more lives are saved. Give: www.unos.org/give.

I gave to @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing because I am a registered organ donor. Help @UnitedNetworkforOrganSharing reach their $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal by making a gift on #GivingTuesday. Give: www.unos.org/give.

Instagram

Photo gallery for Instagram – click, drag, and drop these into your status update.

Copy and paste into your post, or customize to make it relevant to you. For Instagram, put the give link in your bio: www.unos.org/give:

This #GivingTuesday I want to help @UNOSnews reach their $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal. Every day, 100 people are saved by an organ transplant and at the same time, 18 die waiting. I want to help save more lives and achieve the vision of making a life-saving transplant for everyone in need possible. I want you to help too, give today at: www.unos.org/give or click link in my bio. #organdonation #igave #UnitedforUNOS.

Today is #GivingTuesday and #igave to @UNOSNews because I want to help #savemorelives. Join me and let’s help them reach their $10,000 #LifeGivingTuesday goal. UNOS has served as the nation’s transplant system for 35 years. In that time more than 760,000 #organtransplants have occurred. Let’s get to 1,000,000! Give at: www.unos.org/give or click link in my bio. #makeagift #giftoflife

I gave to @UNOSNews for #GivingTuesday because I am an organ recipient and I got a second chance at life. UNOS’ #LifeGivingTuesday goal is $10,000. Help them get there, by making a gift today: www.unos.org/give or click link in my bio. #UnitedforUNOS #organdonation

Videos

Click on images to hear transplant stories from recipients, a living donor and a caregiver.

Email

Email templates – copy, paste, personalize text in [ brackets ] and send.

Here are four email templates to help you share UNOS. Personalize the text where you see [ brackets ], deleting the brackets before sending the email.

If you have something to say and you are passionate about organ transplant then use your own words and story!

If you launch your own fundraiser, share that link and your goal in the email.

Template one: You're fundraising for a cause you care about!

Subject Line: One day of giving life

Dear friends and family,

As you know, organ transplantation is important to me because . . .[What is your why? Share your personal reason why organ transplantation is important to you.].

I know you have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday, is the biggest generosity movement in history. It is a worldwide day of giving and in seven years it has raised more than $1 billion online. Imagine what this movement can do to help save more lives through transplant by supporting the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

For 35 years, UNOS has managed the nation’s organ transplant system, matching organs to patients across the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While organ transplant has evolved, resulting in more than 760,000 transplants since 1984, there are still challenges within the system and lives are still lost every day—there are simply not enough organs for all of the patients that need them.

On December 3, I am participating in UNOS’ GivingTuesday campaign – LifeGivingTuesday.  I am asking you to join me and [choose your action: help support my fundraising campaign goal of raising $$$$ OR help UNOS raise $10,000 in one day]. Your generous gifts invest in UNOS’ programs and research to make the system better and more effective, so more lives are saved.

Join me on December 3 and give to UNOS at www.unos.org/give. Together, we can save more lives.

With Gratitude,

[Your Name]

Template two: Encouraging engagement

Subject Line: LifeGivingTuesday

Dear friends and family,

GivingTuesday, is coming up on December 3. I hope you will join me in supporting UNOS – United Network for Organ Sharing. Their LifeGivingTuesday campaign goal is $10,000. Your gift towards this goal helps save more lives. Join me [by helping me reach my fundraising goal of $$$$ OR by giving to UNOS on December 3]. You can make your gifts here: www.unos.org/give.

What other ways can you help? If you’re on social media, spread the word by sharing my or UNOS’ posts on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Use the hashtags: #LifeGivingTuesday, #UnitedforUNOS, and #GivingTuesday. You can even forward this email to other friends and ask them to join in.

Why does UNOS need our help?

  • More than 113,000 people are on the waitlist for an organ today.
  • A new person is added to the list every 10 minutes. Today, 18 candidates will die waiting for an organ.
  • Every day about 100 lives are saved by organ transplant, but we think this number should be higher. You can make that happen.
  • Complex challenges exist within transplantation that require innovative solutions. Organ preservation, transportation, logistics, and transplant data management are all areas in need of research funding.
  • With 35 years of experience as the nation’s transplant system and decades of data, UNOS is uniquely situated to address these problems, but we can’t do it alone.

When you give to UNOS, you invest in making the organ transplant system better. Your support funds projects and research that will help reduce patient waiting time, enhance the quality of life for organ recipients and living donors, and increase the number of transplants. Together, we can save more lives.

I hope you will join me on December 3 and give to UNOS at www.unos.org/give. Together, we can get closer to a vision for a life-saving transplant for everyone in need.

With Gratitude,

[Your Name]

Template three: Time to give – It’s GivingTuesday

Subject Line: Today is GivingTuesday, let’s save more lives

Dear friends and family,

Today is GivingTuesday! I have already made my gift of [$$$] to support UNOS, and I hope you will give too by going to [my fundraiser OR going to www.unos.org/give]. Together, we can help UNOS reach their LifeGivingTuesday goal of $10,000, so more lives are saved.

With Gratitude,

[Your Name]

Template four: THANK YOU!

Subject Line: We made a difference together – thank you!

Dear friends and family,

Thank you for your support during GivingTuesday! Because of our collective giving, we helped UNOS raise [$$$$]. These dollars will go towards solutions and research to improve the organ transplant system, and save more lives. This is such important work, and UNOS couldn’t do it without our support!

Again, thank you to each and every one of you for standing with me and getting UNOS to their LifeGivingTuesday goal so that more lives will be saved through organ donation and transplant

With Gratitude,

[Your Name]

Other ways to help:

  • If you have not done so yet, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram.
  • Invite your friends to like UNOS on social media.
  • Share your story and tag us and use hashtags #UnitedforUNOS #UNOSNews #IstandwithUNOS
  • Become a UNOS Ambassador
  • Fundraise and create your own giving page to ACT for UNOS – raise awareness, celebrate a milestone, or pay tribute to a loved one.
  • Raise money through a walk/run, lemonade stand, bake sale, host a dinner, or get creative by giving something up or fundraising for your transplant anniversary, milestone, birthday, or honor the life of a donor.

Contact UNOS Philanthropy

Lindsey Leach,
Senior Development Officer
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