Racing Hearts

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: Palo Alto CA USA

Mission: Racing Hearts is a proactive health and safety nonprofit which advocates and empowers access to saving lives! We are a 100% volunteer nonprofit.
Results: Since 2012, Racing Hearts has completed: Dollar impact: $320,000 People Served: 280,000 AEDs Placed: 153 For every $1 donated, we have leveraged $9 of public funds, meaning a donors impact is magnified 9x fold. We are very appreciative for all the community support!
Target demographics: Save Lives! We are a 100% volunteer proactive health and safety nonprofit advocating and empowering access to saving lives with AEDs!
Programs: Advocating and Funding Full 5 year 'turn key' life saving heart defibrillator (AED) programs targeting high risk locations in our community. We believe in the standard of care for all and research-based best practices. We address our mission by targeting athletic and sport minded communities and organizations by lending AEDs to athletic events. Such a simple proactive solution to a huge medical problem (Sudden Cardiac Arrest).
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Stephanie is a walking encyclopedia about AEDs and puts endless effort into furthering this important cause.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of Racing Hearts for several years. Stephanie is the heart and soul of the organization, with the help of a very capable board. Placing AEDs up and down the peninsula and in surrounding communities is vital to give a life-saving chance to anyone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Racing Hearts places AEDs in running races and other events, and helps place them in police patrol cars, schools, and other community sites. An SCA can happen to children as well as adults and it is important to have them in schools - something Racing Hearts supports.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Racing Hearts founder Stephanie Martinson sought financial assistance from our Holiday Fund as she was getting the organization formed, before incorporating as a non-profit. Our grant committee was highly impressed by the concept and provided a grant to equip our two high schools with AEDs. Since then, we have seen the group grow and enjoy quick success in our community. This is a very focused organization operating very efficiently to accomplish a great public service.

Bill Johnson, Publisher
Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto, CA

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to watch this organization grow from the very beginning. What Stephanie Martinson has achieved in a very short time is remarkable. She has singlehandedly gotten the public schools in Palo to install AEDs at every site. She has also worked with the city of Palo Alto to get AED's in all public buildings, parks, and police cars. It has been remarkable to watch an idea grow into a reality. Racing Hearts has managed not only to raise funds, but also awareness about anyone's ability to provide potentially life saving support to a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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