Written by Zoe Engels, Contributing Writer and Editor
We’re thrilled to announce that SODA is officially partnering with Donate Life America (DLA)!
DLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes, and tissues available, saving and healing lives through transplantation while simultaneously developing a culture in which donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.
Founded in 1992 by the donation and transplantation community as the Coalition on Donation, the organization changed its name to Donate Life America in 2006 after extensive research. Its founders and members also wanted to align themselves with the Donate Life brand.
DLA owns, manages and promotes Donate Life℠, the national logo and brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation. Over the past 30 years, DLA and the Donate Life Community have registered 170 million organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States.
“Partnering with SODA supports DLA’s goals of building new resources for high school and college education, outreach, and activation,” said Karen Headley, DLA Vice President of Partnerships and Philanthropy. “DLA recognizes SODA as a best practice in student-led advocacy and looks forward to supporting the growth of students into future leaders and champions of the Donate Life cause.”
Our student leaders incorporate Donate Life into their events, and SODA has been a part of DLA’s Youth Education Committee since 2020. An official partnership unlocks a new chapter of collaboration for DLA and SODA.
“Our partnership with Donate Life America recognizes the critical role students play in organ, eye, and tissue donation education and registration efforts,” said Nicole Nidea, SODA’s Program Director. “DLA’s incredible platforms will allow us to connect with more passionate advocates and save and heal lives together.”