In 2008 I decided to incorporate the organization as an official government recognized nonprofit. Since then we have made plans for a variety of fundraisers, events, a new website, new merchandise, and much more! Along with educating the communities around us, we have also created online communities that can reach across states and nations such as Facebook and Myspace. Many people that are in these online communities have volunteered to help out with the organization and bring awareness to those around them and within their own communities. At events we have gotten hundreds of donor cards signed and raised thousands of dollars which we have donated to Donate Life, a fellow organization that we have been working with to raise awareness.
Our next step to raise awareness and connect with those within our community is to create a poster campaign showing both the positive and negative sides of organ donation (or lack thereof). While my father survived, a supporter of the organization's father passed away while waiting for a transplant. The poster will include a picture of my father and I as well as a picture of Susanne, our friend, with a photo of her father with the words "ORGAN DONATION MATTERS" in between. After releasing the first poster we intend to encourage others to submit pictures of them with a survivor or someone who has passed away while waiting or has donated their organs to save another. We would also like to post their stories with the poster so that they may share their experience with others. We feel that this campaign will really help put a face on the cause and help connect those in the community with the cause.