The Katie Caples Foundation relies on the support of hundreds of amazing and committed volunteers who give their time and talents in a variety of capacity. Positions range from administrative support to event logistics. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our offices at: 904.491.0811.
Become a Foundation Partner
The Katie Caples Foundation is grateful for its many Corporate Sponsors and Community Partners whose support is directly responsible for the success of our organ donor education programs. We know we cannot raise awareness about this urgent health issue or eliminate the wait for the more than 125,000 adults and children in need of a life-saving transplant without the support of like-minded organizations and individuals. To learn more about sponsoring an event or program, please contact Jennifer Cook at 904-491-0811 or jennifer(at)katiecaples.org.
The Katie Caples Foundation is indebted to the following foundations and corporations for their continuing support:
The Shouvlin Foundation
The Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation
Google for Non-Profits
UF Health Shands Transplant Center
First Coast YMCA
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville
Nemours Children’s Clinic
Bridge to Life
Jessie E. Jones Trust
Give Financial Support
The Katie Caples Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), is committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults and children in need of a life-saving transplant. Currently 87% of all Americans believe in organ donation but only 44% are registered organ donors. The Katie Caples Foundation is committed to eradicating that disparity in numbers.
Our public programs raise awareness and educate individuals about registering to become an organ donor. We currently provide funding for two educators who deliver over 125 public programs each year, reaching more than 15,000 potential organ donor registrants in high schools and community centers across the region. Their efforts have resulted in impressive success as the Donor Designation Rate (the number of people who register to be an organ donor) in the areas we serve exceed the national average by more than 20%.
The 2014 – 2015 fiscal year was a busy one and we thank you for your support! Here are the highlights of what we were able to accomplish with your support.
August 2014 and January 2015 we collaborated with award winning production company, The Brakefield Company, to produce 5 new educational videos for use in our live educational presentations as well as online. Inspired by the work being done at the Katie Caples Foundation, The Brakefield Company is currently developing a television series on the subject of organ donation and transplantation for national broadcast.
In October of 2014 we launched the Katie Caples Foundation brand and website, establishing the foundation as an online resource for those interested in learning about organ donation and transplantation. The KCF website has attracted visitors (and you too) from 98 countries around the globe and all 50 states in the US.
In the first week of its online release in October 2014, “Katie’s Story” was viewed almost 3,000 times and shared 247 times, generating more than 54,000 impressions.
In November of 2014 “Katie’s Story” received a Communicator Award of Distinction for Non-Profit Video Content presented by the Academy of Interactive Visual Arts.
In April of 2015, the Katie Caples Foundation put on the 11th annual Katie Ride to raise funds and awareness about our mission. The Katie Ride attracted more than 1,000 participants and volunteers from 20 states across the country. There were more than 50 corporations and local businesses that sponsored the Katie Ride which ultimately generated more than 2.5 million media impressions and an additional 230,000 Facebook impressions.
Released in May 2015, our educational short video, “Ileanna’s Story” was shot in Spanish with English subtitles and specifically connects with the Hispanic community. This community is underserved and faces cultural challenges in growing their numbers of registered organ donors. Within a single day “Ileanna’s Story” received more than 4,000 views on Facebook!
Foundation staff shared “Katie’s Story” at numerous local conferences and meetings generating more than 33,000 awareness raising impressions.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, in partnership with LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, Foundation educators presented organ donation education programs to 17,382 high school students in the Northeast Florida region and an additional 9,342 individuals during community events.
In June of 2015, David and Susan Caples were honored by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) with the 2015 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence for their outstanding work within the organ donation and transplant community.
Mid-summer of 2015 “Katie’s Story” was added to the curriculum of organ donor education presentations across the state of Florida (as far south as Dade County!) as well as in the state of Mississippi in high schools, hospital in-service programs, DMV in-service programs, community organizations and corporate workplace partner programs.
The Foundation is developing numerous programs to build upon this success and welcomes like-minded individuals and organizations to partner in the funding of these programs. We are indebted to the support of our donors and partners; we know we cannot do this without you!
How you can help…
Share Katie’s story. Our educational videos are available on our website at www.katiecaples.org. Sharing Katie’s story even with one person can make a huge impact.
Encourage others to register to be an organ donor. Did you know that 1 organ donor can save 8 lives with solid organ transplant and enhance the lives of up to 50 more with soft tissue donation? That’s a pretty big deal. So please encourage everyone you know to register to be an organ donor. You can register via the links on our website, at your DMV or at www.donatelife.net.
Volunteer to help with any of our community events or in our busy office. Volunteerism fosters a cultural shift which makes big change possible. Big change means missions get accomplished!
Contribute. Katie’s generous example inspires our work, but your philanthropy is integral to creating a solution for the more than 125,000 adults and children who are in need of a life-saving organ transplant. You are making a real difference. Please consider making a financial contribution to the Katie Caples Foundation.
And please reach out if you are interested in having our educators deliver one of our organ donor education presentations to your church, community organization or place of business. These presentations are the core of our mission. Awareness creates change!
Most importantly, THANK YOU!
We are profoundly grateful for your support and commitment to our shared mission. Katie was an inspiring young woman whose generosity has ignited this movement. Thank you for continuing to make this important work possible!Give Financial Support
To learn more about where your support goes, please access our most recent IRS Filing, Form 990.
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