In The Community

Take the Pledge to Save Lives

with National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and University of Michigan School of Public Health.


An innovative program focused on education members of Black Greek Organizations about organ donation.  The program is funded by a three-year (September 2009 - August 2012) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation grant to the NKFM.  The ultimate goal of Take the Pledge to Save Lives is to educate about organ donation in order to increase the number of individuals who sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.  The program is offered to members of participation alumni chapters of African American sororities and fraternities.  During the project, we will train sorority and fraternity members, called peer leaders, to discuss organ donation with fellow sorority/fraternity members in their chapter.  We will also ask chapters to incorporate organ donation into chapter events.










Body & Soul: Living on Through Love

with National Kidney Foundation, University of Michigan School of Public Health and American Cancer Society.


The program was created to increase organ donation in the African American community.  Educating congregations about healthy lifestyles and organ and tissue donation.  Education methods and timing varied across churches.  This program outlined key messages about nutrition, physical activity, diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.


Benefits to the Churches


For agreeing to participate the church received and unrestricted donation of $500

They received $5 for up to 100 surveys completed at the onset of the program.

They received $5 for up to 100 surveys completed at the end of the program.

Every participating church was provided with free communications training for peer leaders.

Every participating church received health information on healthy lifestyles.


Donate Life Rose Parade Float

with New York Organ Donor Network.


2010 florograph sponsor - National MOTTEP


2011 float rider Donal Arthur

"As Michigan Surgeon General and an emergency medicine physician, I have seen the adverse affects of diabetes and hypertension in our community.  Black Greek letter organizations are recognized in our community as respected stewards of service. They have the trust of the community and the ability to energize and mobilize people to list their name in the organ and donor registry. Their leadership will contribute to the effort to save and prolong lives of the communities they serve. I am proud that Black Greek organizations are addressing this issue with the Take The Pledge program. "

Kimberlydawn Wisdom

Detroit MOTTEP Foundation

736 Lothrop  Detroit  MI  48206

PH (313) 875-9055   FAX (313) 875-9058