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Causes: Disaster Aid, First Aid, Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public Health

Mission: Our mission is to serve as a catalyst to ensure that those suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have a greater chance of survival because they were provided with immediate life saving measures from a community member educated on how to administer CPR and utilize an AED. Our vision is a community that is educated, confident, and capable of responding to save the life of an individual in need of CPR. Gwyneth’s Gift is a world where everyone can save a life! Through this work her spirit of caring, compassion, and community live on. Our goals are to promote the importance of CPR and AEDs through education and public awareness campaigns; provide funding for the placement of AEDs in schools and other public facilities; offer scholarships to deserving high school students and encourage medical research and development in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and traumatic brain injury.

Results: To date, since it's inception in 2015, Gwyneth's Gift Foundation has trained over 7,500 individuals, placed 55 AEDs, awarded 23 scholarships and conducted over 75 awareness events.

Target demographics: We offer Hands-Only CPR training, free of charge, to every individual, so that everyone has the opportunity to help save a life.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,700 individuals and placed 18 AEDs

Geographic areas served: Based in the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, we work in the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. We are able to travel across Virginia, as well as offer out trainings virtually.

Programs: Gwyneth’s Gifts TRAINING PROGRAM engages citizens in the communities in which they live. Training events are run by Foundation staff and volunteers. We have partnered with organizations such as local hospitals, first responders, educators, and private companies to conduct training. We have also partnered with civic organizations and local industries who have hosted training events. We will continue our efforts to build these meaningful partner relationships within the region. AED PLACEMENTS - The mission of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation includes utilizing our fundraising capabilities and partnerships to assist qualified schools, businesses, and community organizations in acquiring an AED. The foundation began awarding AEDs in 2016 and have increased the number of devices deployed year over year. To date GGF has placed 55 AEDs. AWARENESS- Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation fosters a Culture of Action through public awareness and training. The Awareness Program focuses on using social media, Foundation created material, free training at community events, advocacy, and public speaking engagements to promote the importance of Hands-Only CPR and the use of an AED. Additionally, we partner with civic groups, local EMS, grassroots organizations, and private business to bring awareness to a bystander’s ability to save a life. To spread awareness throughout a community, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation also supports programs such as PulsePoint and HeartSafe Community. SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded, through an application process, to High School seniors attending an institution of higher learning the fall after graduation.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having lost my younger brother at the age of 29 to HCM, it was an easy choice for me to devote my time and financial support to Gwyneth's Gift Foundation (GGF). The organization provides awareness of the importance of knowing the proper technique for "hands only" CPR through free training for individuals, businesses and organizations. GGF also provides funding for the placement of AEDs in public places and offers scholarships to high school students seeking higher education in related medical fields. The work of this organization has literally saved lives and will continue to do so through education, awareness and training. I am proud to be associated with GGF.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member and donor of this non profit, I cannot emphasize enough the importance and great service Gwyneth’s Gift provides to the community. The Foundation provides training on CPR and the use AEDs, as well as funding for the AEDs to be placed in schools and public facilities, which has proven to have a direct impact in saving lives by testimony of citizen hero’s that have attended the training.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since the Foundation's inception it is a true honor to have been a part of our Call to Action. Through the generosity of the community we have been able to: Train more than 7,600 people in Hands-Only CPR & the proper use of an AED; place 59 AEDs throughout the region; award $29,000 in higher education scholarships to 14 Stafford County High School graduates; and, hold numerous information & awareness sessions to share our efforts with the community. These efforts have resulted in saving 7 individuals' lives, a direct result of our training efforts throughout the Stafford/Fredericksburg region.

Kylie S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grateful for the training that I’ve received by Gwyneths Gift. Their mission is so important and will help save the lives of those in sudden cardiac arrest. Thank you for the work you do in the community to make us all a little bit safer.

Caroline D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an important foundation with a strong message behind it. Knowing how to to perform CPR and use an AED are such simple skills that can make a world of difference in saving a life. Thank you for all you do by raising awareness in Virginia and beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible organization that saves lives and empowers every day citizens to do the same. Their work directly impacts families, friends, communities - thankful to have them in Virginia and looking forward to seeing their impact extend beyond.

Monique Valentine F.

Donor

Rating: 5

When it came time to decide where to invest my charitable dollars, Gwyneth's Gift was the obvious choice for my husband and I. My husband is a certified CPR and AED trainer and was impressed by the work of Gwyneth's Gift. Educating the public about CPR in order to save lives is vitally important and the more people that can be trained the more likely a trained individual will be available when someone is in need. I know that my gift went to training and not to overhead, which was important to us. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Help Prevent Death from Cardiac Arrest . Put your Donation to good use.
As a Cardiologist and GGF Board Member I see first hand the good work of GGF teaching bystander CPR, donating AEDs and raising Cardiac Arrest Survival awareness.