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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: The mission of Racing Hearts is to increase awareness of and improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Racing Hearts empowers people to use AEDs to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest. Racing Hearts is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

Results: Since 2012, Racing Hearts has placed 499 AEDs in high risk community locations, increased the heart safety of over 1,409,000 people with a total dollar impact of over $1,075,000.00. CA Senate Bill SB658, was pioneered by Racing Hearts and El Camino Hospital along with Santa Clara County EMS and the SCC Board of Supervisors making CA one of the most progressive states in our country relative to AEDs cost and reduced liability. Our co-sponsors were CA State Senator Jerry Hill and CA Assemblyman Rich Gordon with added support from Stanford Health Care, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Red Cross and the American Heart Association! With CA Governor Brown's signature SB658 went into effect Jan 1, 2016. On the beautiful Stanford Campus, Racing Hearts produced their 3rd annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k walk/run this past March 2016. We had over 1000 participants and volunteers supporting 'Active living for Heart Disease' and raised over $46,000.00 for heart research and community life saving heart defibrillators.

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).

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible organization focused on community education, awareness and care. I hold Racing Hearts in the highest regard for their accomplishments, and pursistance toward excellence.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Nonprofits aimed at addressing a health care need often face the challenge of educating donors using abstractions in how their mission serves the public. Racing Hearts provides a concrete and immediate service: distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into the community for use by bystanders who witness cardiac arrest. I've been in the position of doing CPR for the long minutes it took for paramedics to arrive, when an available AED could have made the resuscitation more efficient and effective. I got involved in the first Racing Hearts run, an annual event I look forward to. I am pleased to see how the event has grown and been embraced by the community, and especially pleased to see attendance by so many families who have had loved ones saved by the use of AEDs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well planned friendle people. Wonderful cause. Will defiantly be back next year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great cause and they put on a great and inspirational 5/10K race!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the Racing Hearts 5k at Stanford on March 26. I was impressed by the organization of the event and enthusiasm of the planners and volunteers. I used to work for Special Olympics, so I've attended many charity organized athletic events. This one was class. It was great to be part of a community dedicated to improving access to life saving medical devices. I look forward to joining the 5k again next year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the 5k and had an amazing and uplifting experience. The energy at the event was phenomenal as the participants ranged from doctors to nurses and survivors to their families and friends -- these are people who truly care about the mission of the non-profit and it was abundantly clear how appreciative everybody there was of the support. How fantastic to have an event and organization where people are so deeply invested!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well organized, every one was friendly and helpful. Nice flare course

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is a wonderful cause staffed by an amazing set of dedicated passionate people. They have a real demonstrable positive impact on the community and they put on a great race too!! Thanks Racing Hearts!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Palo Alto Little League requested a grant for AED installation and training at our location. Racing Hearts was fantastic to work with, and provided great support and training for our volunteers. The program is an incredible and lifesaving gift to the community.

1 ccaugustine

Board Member

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is a wonderful organization making a huge impact in the community (over 500 AEDs placed and over 1M people served). They are committed to heart care through ensuring AEDs are easily accessible.

The organization is hard working, transparent and financially responsible. I appreciate how committed everyone is to the mission, especially the founder who is very passionate to the cause.

1 Cindy228

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have been asked to join the boards of many worthy organizations. As a sports medicine physician, one of my missions has been to ensure that we educate all coaches on CPR and AED use and place AEDs into our schools. When I was asked to join the board of Racing Hearts, and after reviewing its mission and meeting with its founder, it was a no-brainer for me. I have been very pleased and proud of my involvement as a board member. What Racing Hearts has been able to accomplish in such a short time period, with alot of volunteer effort and a shared passion and commitment to provide AEDs to communities, is nothing short of amazing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member for 2.5 years. This is an incredible non-profit that saves lives every day by providing life-saving technology (AEDs) to the community. AEDs can be used by anyone and everyone deserves access to this life-saving technology. Raving Hearts places AEDs throughout the community including underserved populations. I'm proud to make my community safer. The organization spends all of its money on programs and has no staff or office. Racing Hearts provides an amazing return on the investment of my time and donations.

2 Heidi76

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a healthcare provider and an active member of this organization. I am inspired to REACH into communities with the help of Racing Hearts and to contribute to an effort that is proactive, empowering and protective. Racing Hearts works with communities to save lives and I am proud to be part of this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts was instrumental in helping provide AEDs in all of our 41 schools as well as our district office. As a result of our partnership we are able to increase the safety of our 32,000 students, 3,000 employees and the hundreds of visitors to our campuses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts assisted Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in obtaining 20 AEDs and associated equipment for use in our ranger patrol trucks and offices in Santa Clara County.

The staff were very professional and clearly are passionate about promoting cardiac safety. We appreciated working with such dedicated people, and the work which they do. I highly recommend them as a partner in this life-saving work.

Gordon Baillie
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts worked diligently with the Berryessa Union School District to facilitate the installation of AED's at all 15 of our sites. They offered three free training sessions for all staff. Angie Scott presented an excellent and informative orientation / training for our all staff welcome back event which helped to educate and empower our staff to save lives if / when the need arises. I have only positive things to say regarding the Racing Hearts organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stephanie has moved mountains to get AEDs into our communities. Racing Hearts spearheaded the California legislation (SB658) that made AED ownership less onerous, thus removing barriers and lessening fears for schools and other organizations to purchase the equipment and learn lifesaving skills. What she has accomplished with regard to raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the need for AEDs is amazing, especially given the short amount of time Racing Hearts has been a non-profit organization.

2 Beverly32

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization is top-notch! They are helping Downtown Palo Alto businesses educate their employees on how to perform CPR, which will help save lives. Our company has purchased defibrillators through Racing Hearts and had them installed in the lobbies of numerous office buildings that we manage, which is also helping to save lives. Some of our employees personally witnessed a man fall out of his truck onto the sidewalk across the street from our building and he died from a heart attack. If we would have had a defibrillator in our office at that time we may have been able to save his life. We cannot thank Racing Hearts enough for the work they are doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They appear to run a lean organization to ensure that proceeds go to the right cause. Almost everyone can benefit from the organization's mission.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved with Racing Hearts after my nephew's life was save by an AED last year. Wonderful people, responsive, appreciative and doing life saving work. It's comforting knowing that any donation I provide is going towards preventing a future tragedy. Thank you Racing Hearts!