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Racing Hearts

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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 810 AEDs in high risk community locations, increasing the heart safety of over 1.7M people. Racing Hearts has successfully pioneered TWO CA laws!!! SB586 and SB1397 making CA one of the most progressive states in our country relative to AEDs accessibility, cost, and reduced liability! Together we can see more lives saved and everyone has a chance to live a full and active life. Every spring, Racing Hearts produces an annual Racing Hearts 5k walk/run and 10k run to celebrate active living for heart disease. Our upcoming 6th annual Heart Race is set for March 24, 2019 in downtown Palo Alto. To date this event has raised over $220,000 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

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lina B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so delighted to support Racing Hearts, and thankful that a dear friend is part of the RH community. I know how much it means to her, and to the many people (and their loved ones) who benefit from its support. Giving is important to my family, and we are proud of the impact RH delivers with our contribution!

Shawna Weaver M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family volunteers for Racing Hearts because we are passionate about their main causes: raising funds to get AEDs placed in under-served communities and teaching people how to use AEDs. Racing Hearts is also very active in working with lawmakers to raise awareness about the importance of AEDs and to change laws so that AEDs can be more accessible to more people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is a true blessing in today's world where we have seen young Students and Athletes whose life could have been saved but for a timely access to an AED. The founder Stephanie is extremely passionate about her work and has been working tirelessly in installing AED devices where needed specially in schools and sporting events. Racing hearts efforts on creating awareness and educating on proper use of AED has saved many lives.
They are doing a great service to our community and we cannot thank enough for the work they are doing and hope it continues to grow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great work saving lives and its measurable. I couldn't be more proud to be associated with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is doing great work and has accomplished an astounding amount in their efforts to save lives in our community. We are all better off for their tireless work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this non-profit for almost 1.5 years - brick-by-brick the organization has had a number of major programatic and legislative victories, including an AED save with a middle school student at Cupertino Union School District. They are doing very important work locally and nationally, and I'm grateful for their service.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are saving many lives through awareness, AED placement and policy changes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tremendous how this organization is helping save lives, spreading AED's around the community to reduce deaths!

2 MaryannBerkowitz

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is driven literally and figuratively from the heart. The founder and leader, Stephanie Martinson, had experienced years of heart issues and is driven to make our community more safe. Racing Hearts is saving lives by getting our government, local officials and businesses to install AED devices where needed -- including in counties police cars. The work doesn't stop there, as Racing Hearts educates on proper use and build a community of advocates for this important cause. Over 90% of Santa Clara schools now have AEDs due to work of Racing Hearts. Stephanie was awarded 2018 Woman of the Year for District 18 by Senator Jerry Hill. This organization knows how to partner with local community to make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that donates much needed AEDs throughout the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization with a real passion and laser focus to make our local schools safer by making AED's available to them.

2 slaugust

Donor

Rating: 5

Whenever I rank charities the first thing I focus on their efficiency and how much they do to advance their mission vs other things. In this category Racing Hearts is one of the best. Their events are GREAT but frugally put together. The lions share of their spending is targeted directly at the things that matter... getting life saving devices in public places where they can do the most good. What an amazingly well run charity that makes an IMPACT.

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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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.