Because of YOU, we’ve reached over 97% of our 2018 Fundraising Goals!

In our efforts to be transparent in everything we do, we wanted to introduce you to two individuals who’ve helped us raise money this year. To date, we’ve reached 97% of our year-end fundraising goals!

#GivingTuesday was a huge success for us. Our community was fortunate to receive fundraising support from two very inspiring and influential people: a living donor and a double transplant recipient.

Steve Crider is a living kidney donor, an ATF mentor and Team Transplant participant. His daughter Kelsey, who’s received 4 kidney transplants, also continues to support our mission. And her most recent living donor was found via our billboard promotion campaign! Steve and his family continue to inspire us every day. They raised $1,000 via Facebook this #GivingTuesday!

Liz Strom is a double transplant recipient, public speaker and our #GivingTuesday public campaign  influencer­. Her story is inspiring to many and she helped our community raise awareness and over $1,200 this #GivingTuesday!

Because of our generous community, we’re confident we’ll reach our goal of 100%, raising $50,000 by the end of 2018!

Just three toddlers celebrating their 3rd birthdays and opting out for donations in leu of gifts so someone’s Mom, Dad, or sibling, can be there for them for a long time.

If you are inspired to create your own Facebook fundraising campaign this holiday season, perhaps in lieu of gifts or in honor of someone special, all it takes is a few clicks to set up. Just make sure to search for Transplant Foundation Inc, instead of American Transplant Foundation.

Thank you for being a part of our community!





Attend an event or host your own


Vienna receives Volunteer of the Decade Award from The Fray at the Transplant Hero Awards ceremony.


Ask us how you can host your own event to support living donors, transplant recipients, and their families.



TK's 5K Walk/Run

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019

What: Join us for the second annual TK's 5K held in Westminster, CO at the Promenade Terrace.

This event is a fun, charity 5K walk/run to remember Troy Kenneth Merkle, a sweet little boy who touched so many hearts and got his wings too soon. 100% of the proceeds will be donated in his name to the American Transplant Foundation for families going through a transplant. Please join us at this healing event. If you can’t, please consider making a tribute donation to the American Transplant Foundation. No amount is too small.

Event Website:

Parking & Location:  If you use google maps, plug in the address of, Promenade Dr N, Westminster, CO 80020 or look up Promenade Terrace (behind the Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020)



Team Transplant at ​​​Elephant Rock Cycling Festival 2019

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds

Are you looking for an exciting and impactful event this summer? Then join Team Transplant at Elephant Rock 2019 for our annual cycling event!

Cycle to help save lives and have fun doing it. There has been a 25% decrease in the number of Coloradans on the transplant list just in the last year - yet, right now there are 1,872 people, including children, waiting for a lifesaving organ and they need your help!

To find out more information, register or donate here.

Stay tuned for additional updates!

Team Transplant at Donor Dash 5K 2019

When: Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Where: Wash Park Denver

Team Transplant at Rock n' Roll Marathon Denver

When: October 19th-20th, 2019

Where: Civic Center Park

Past Events

HOPE Illustration Competition


The American Transplant Foundation invited SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) students to respond to the theme of "Hope", and it's our pleasure to present the results!

Three winners will be selected by public vote, which is live now through November 1st.

Vote by "liking" or "loving" your favorite piece(s) on our Facebook page and get your friends and family in on voting too!

All pieces have been donated by these amazing students to help raise funds for the most vulnerable transplant patients. Show some love and stay tuned for the winners!

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Contact us at

#HopeIllustrationCompetition #illustrationcompetition #hope #SCAD#IllustrateForHope #ArtContest #artistsoninstagram #SaveALife#DonateLife #Transplant

#LivingDonation #americantransplantfoundation


Second Annual Trivia Night

Date: October 26th 2018

Time: Friday,  6:00 P.M.

Location: University Club, Denver, CO

Donor Dash 5K

Date: Sunday, July 15th, 2018, 8:00 AM

Location: Washington Park. Denver, Co.

Thank you to all our amazing participants for walking and running the Donor Alliance Donor Dash 5K!


Colorado Living Donor Day

Honor Those Who Have Given the Gift of Life

Today, more that 2,200 Coloradans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.  96% of them are waiting for a kidney or a liver, two organs that can be donated by a living person. Focusing on living donation is the only immediate solution for saving these lives.

If just 1 out of every 3,000 Coloradans donated a kidney, we could eliminate the kidney waiting list.

Last year, Governor Hickenlooper proclaimed June 13th to be the first ever Colorado Living Donor Day.  The American Transplant Foundation aims to celebrate this special day each year by providing educational and support resources to those who want to give the Gift of Life.  If you are interested in becoming a living donor or are a hopeful transplant recipient who is searching for a living donor, please click here to learn more about our free 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of this special day, please click here.  Your donation will come with the option of sending a "Thank You" E-card to the living donor in your life and will go directly to our programs that are available to help these courageous individuals go through their transplant journeys!

 Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

Date: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Location: Castle Rock, CO

Thank you to all who rode with Team Transplant this year and helped raise over $67,000 for life-saving transplant patients!

See all the photos Here.

Ride with Team Transplant to help save the 2,360 Coloradans waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Courses range from 8 miles to 100 miles, fun for every age and cycling level. Cyclists on our team will get access to the team tent during the event with games, massages, snacks, and prizes for riders and fundraisers.

Visit the Team Page and see who else is riding and raising funds this year.

A Special Evening with Phil Lesh

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Location: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Thank you to all who joined for this incredible night of music and patient appreciation in honor of Phil Lesh's 20 year transplantiversary!

Press Release: Read here


Guinness World Record Attempt: Living Donor Rally

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018   
Location: Chicago, IL
Registration is open so sign up today!

Join us as we gather living organ donors from around the world at the Cloud Gate in Chicago to set a Guinness World Record.

This event is being hosted by living donors for living donors with the support of Transplant Village, supporters of Northwestern Medicine’s Comprehensive Transplant Center. You do not need to be an organ donor to attend, all organ donation enthusiasts are welcome!

Colorado Living Donor Meet Up

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Location: Denver, CO

Limited Tickets Available so get yours today!

We are celebrating National Donate Life Awareness Month by hosting the Colorado Living Donor Meet Up. A place for living donors and transplant supporters to come together at the same time as the Guinness World Record is attempted in Chicago for the living donor count.

Join us April 21st from 1:00-3: 30 pm for an afternoon of fun and celebration of all the remarkable living donors! You do not need to be an organ donor to attend, all organ donation enthusiasts are welcome!

Team Transplant Events 2018

Team Transplant is a group of supporters, transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families who cycle and run to raise awareness and funds for transplant patients.

 Click Here to see Upcoming Events!

Colorado Living Donor Support Act

Last year, more Coloradans died or became too sick to remain on the transplant wait list than the number of Coloradans who died as a result of homicide.

Help us support living donors by making the process less of a burden. Sign the petition and join the cause to help save lives.



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Tree of Life 2017

The American Transplant Foundation is again helping bring cheer this holiday season to the families of transplant patients in need.

Some are single parents who are worried they won’t be able to afford gifts for their kids.

Some have experienced hardships since their transplant surgery, such as losing a job or experiencing medical complications, and are struggling to make ends meet this season.

Some are families with young children whose parents both underwent transplant surgeries and are worried they won’t be able to provide for their children.

We need YOUR help this year to make these patients and their families’ holidays a bit brighter. We will be distributing $50 Target gift cards to those patients most in need with your support!

Your 100% tax deductible donation will help us fund gift cards to Target that we are distributing to all patients in need. The suggested donation is $50 and can be made:

  • Online, please put “Tree of Life” in the comments
  • By check to
    American Transplant Foundation
    600 17th Street, Suite 2515S
    Denver, CO 80202
  • By phone:(303)757-0959

See how your contribution can make a big impact in others’ lives this holiday season from previous years’ cards.

Colorado Living Donor Day

First Annual Colorado Living Donor Day
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The American Transplant Foundation, based in Denver, is striving to make Colorado the first state in the country where no one dies while waiting for a lifesaving kidney. The Foundation is partnering with CBS4 and the transplant community to celebrate living donors on the First Annual Colorado Living Donor Day.

Tune in to CBS4 on the evening of Tuesday, June 13th to learn about living organ donation and how you can be involved.

Call the help center line until 7:00 pm at
303-831-HELP (4357) to talk to our team and get your questions answered.

Over 2,500 Colorado residents are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

The transplant waiting list has increased 50% in Colorado in the past decade compared to the national 25.6% with organ registration only increasing 9%.

97% of Coloradans on this list need a kidney or a liver, organs that can be donated by a living person.

Focusing on living donation is the only immediate solution for saving these lives.

If just 1 out of every 3,000 Coloradans donated a kidney, we could eliminate the kidney waiting list.

You Can Help Save a Life

Read about Coloradans in need of a kidney

Become a living donor

Donate financially

Register as an organ and tissue donor


Performance Hearts Fundraiser

A Night of Art and Celebration

Performance Hearts

Support local artists coming together to do what they love to benefit the American Transplant Foundation. It will be an evening of live performances featuring Colorado’s local band, Echoes in Reverie, dancers, glovers, Poi artists, and comedians.

Performance Hearts will take place:

Tuesday, April 10, 2017
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Physic Syntax Opera
554 Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

Purchase tickets for $8 online or $10 at the door.


Team Transplant Kick-Off Happy Hour

Celebrate National Donate Life Month with Team Transplant at our Kick-off Happy Hour!

Team Transplant Kick-off Happy Hour Invite


2017 Day of Advocacy

The Colorado Nonprofit Association in partnership with the Colorado Association of Funders are presenting the 2017 Day of Advocacy in Denver this March.

Capital Building

When: March 7th 2017, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: 1525 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203

Cost: Member $ 25.00, Non-member $ 35.00

For the day’s program and registration visit: The Colorado Nonprofit Association
If you are interesting in raising awareness for the American Transplant Foundation and ramping up your advocacy work then the 2017 Day of Advocacy is the day for you!

You will have the opportunity to:

• Have a dialogue with leaders from the Colorado House and Senate
• Network with legislators and learn about legislative priorities
• Build relationships with Colorado’s public officials
• Experience the state legislative process in action

For information and resources please contact us here