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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders

Mission: To help prevent death caused by sudden cardiac arrest

Programs: Website and public communications - scaa's website is a primary communications vehicle to raise public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (sca) through current and medically correct information that includes feature stories, sca survivor stories, medical research news which is supplemented with a bi-weekly published electronic newsletter with a circulation of more than 5,000. Efforts focused on designing and enhancing the site, writing and editing the web original content, expanding resources and links to other recommended sites, and attracting new users to the site.

conferences/meetings, training & education - scaa, primarily through its chapters, promoted a greater understanding of sudden cardiac arrest through participation in national state and local events and serves as a resource for people seeking information about sca, cpr training, aed placement and medical therapies such as internal cardiac defibrillators (icds). Additionally, scaa provided consultation and guidance to its members regarding pending state and local legislation and policies and shared information about state and local advocacy efforts with other members and the generial public.

scaa programs - scaa started developing and implementing new programs including (i) re-tooling and deployment of its speakers bureau, (ii) development of a consumer online site for obtaining defibrillators, (iii)a recognition program for those that have assisted in saving lives that would otherwise be lost to sca; and (iv) initiation of a formal help program, called cope, to assist victims of sudden cardiac arrest and implantees of internal defibrillators with non medical issues associated with these events and to assist the families involved with these events and issues. The efforts commenced in 2013 and continued in 2016.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

We have had a chapter of the SCAA in La Crosse, WI for 11 years this January. I started this chapter as a way to give back after my life was saved by an AED and CPR given immediately to me. In the past 11 years we have helped deploy over 100 AED's, trained thousands of students, adults, and other community members in hands only CPR, advocated legislatively for increased awareness and training requirements, and annually honored our local EMS crews and united them with their survivors. We present community and business awards and are the voice of bystander and community involvement with the EMS and medical systems. It is an honor to be a chapter of the SCAA; this organization has so much potential and so much need is present.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

On May 6, 2009 I died from a sudden cardiac arrest. I am able to write this story only because I was fortunate enough to have my arrest in a location where there were people trained in performing CPR and where there was an available AED. Unfortunately, 92-95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims do not live to tell their story. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association has made it its mission to fight this health care crisis and to support those who have been affected by it through education, training, awareness, CPR instruction and AED placement. This Association is comprised of kind, caring and dedicated chapters across the country whose membership has been affected by sudden cardiac arrest. Please join us in our mission to save lives

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I believe in organizations that share the same goals and mission as our community. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association has great potential! SCAA is providing great resources for community leaders to spread the message about SCA and its symptoms. Interactive web site, strong Chapter representation and more.


Rating: 5

I am a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. Only 5-7% of people impacted by this survive and it impacts over 350,000 people per year. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association helps create awareness of this major killer, provides education, support and training to everyone. They advocate the use of public defibrillators and promote the Chain of Survival. They also support families impacted by this deadly killer.

Review from Guidestar