SODA: Student Organ Donation Advocates was founded at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. In 2017, SODA’s second chapter was established at Marquette University, followed by its third chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After this success, SODA began to grow nationally.
In Spring 2021, SODA hired its first employee, Nicole Nidea, thanks to a generous gift from the Contigo Foundation and tremendous support from the community.
Today, SODA supports students who want to make a difference by helping them host events and lead organ donation chapters on their high school and college campuses. These students' efforts save lives and create positive ripple effects throughout their communities.
At SODA, we believe students represent a promising segment of the population to become educated about the critical need for organ and tissue donation and to register as organ donors.
We reduce barriers for high school, college, and graduate school students so they can mobilize organ and tissue donation ambassadors and their peers, spark a passion for organ donation that can last a lifetime, and fulfill an unmet need for student-focused organ and tissue donation education and registration efforts across the United States.
To support our events and chapters, SODA works with Community Outreach Teams at more than 25 Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs).
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