Southwest Transplant Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit aiming to saving lives by recovering organs and tissue for transplantation, has been named a finalist in Reliant Energy’s “Reliant Gives” campaign. If named the winner, STA will receive a $100,000 grant.
Established in 2016, the “Reliant Gives” campaign aims to support causes in Texas communities. According to Reliant, it nominates charitable organizations and then three finalists are chosen by the company’s charitable-giving committee. Of the three finalists, the public votes for the organization of their choice.
STA is the only finalist based in North Texas. The other two finalists are located in Houston: 2nd Cup, a nonprofit raising awareness of human trafficking and developing resources to create a second chance for survival, and Girlstart, a female-driven STEM initiative that funds education programs and camps.
STA CEO Patti Niles says the grant would be used to help offset the costs of STA’s recently added tissue recovery service. “Toward that end, we needed to purchase vans to transport our tissue teams throughout the state and beyond,” Niles said. “If we are fortunate enough to be awarded the $100,000, we will use the money to offset the cost of these vans that we recently purchased.”
Members of the public can cast their votes until May 19 at Reliant.com/vote. The winner will be announced May 23.