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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

2 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.

2 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.

2

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.

3 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.

1

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

3

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.

2

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.

3 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.

2

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The City of Campbell Police Department recently worked with Racing Hearts on a project to bring additional AED's to all our patrol vehicles. Racing Hearts did a magnificent job of coordinating this project from start to finish and provided all the necessary equipment ahead of schedule. It was wonderful to work with some very passionate professionals to obtain this vital equipment for our police department.

Captain Joe Cefalu

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since my 4 year old son had suffered from sudden cardiac arrest 2 years ago, I became passionate about having AEDs placed in as many public areas as possible. I can't say how deeply excited and happy I was to hear about the Racing Hearts organization and how they, too, shared my vision in implementing the public access defibrillation program in our community. Racing Hearts has placed these life saving programs on several school campuses including my children's own school district. They also assisted in providing CPR and AED training to high school students. What is quite amazing is that this organization will hold yearly 5K run/walk events to raise money for Stanford's inherited cardiovascular research team. Racing Hearts is an all volunteer organization who is driven by their own internal passion to help improve the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest in our community. Someday I hope Racing Hearts' vision will be shared statewide and ultimately nationwide. Their professionalism, compassion, and commitment to saving lives are extraordinary.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was honored to be invited by Racing Hearts to be a Board Member and to help them as they work to save lives by placing AEDs in our community. This is a tremendous and fulfilling endeavor. Through the determination of our founder Stephanie Martinson, many schools and building locations in Santa Clara County are installing AEDs today. To do this, Racing Hearts not only helped change the laws in California to make installation easier, but Racing Hearts continues to partner with local governments and donors to raise money for schools, clinics, police cars and recreation centers (just to name a few) so that communities all over the SF Bay Area will benefit from these life saving AED devices.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The personnel associated with Racing Hearts were personable and professional throughout the experience. They assessed the needs of our organization and met our objectives. The AED and accompanying equipment was top notch and relevant to our needs including: the AED device, personal protective equipment and protective carry case,. Thank you Racing Hearts.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts helped me evaluate what my organization needed and how I could cost-effectively get the equipment in need.
Stephanie provided to me (literally) life-saving information.
Thank you!

1 angiescott92

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is taking a proactive approach for making our community safer by placing AEDs in the communities. Stephanie has made numerous connections with the right people to raise funds for the Santa Clara County Supervisors matching AED grant program that is getting started January 2016. Racing Hearts are making the dream come true of having AEDs as common as fire extinguishers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is taking a proactive approach to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Spot The Box campaign was a way for the community to look and identify where AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are located around the community. This is very valuable data/information for everyone because...... MINUTES MATTER when someone's heart stops beating.

Thank you Racing Hearts for spreading the word that while CPR is important, it is the shock from an AED that can get someone's heart beating again!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AED info signs are eye catching and it contains easy to understand information. They make using an AED "Not so scary after all".

1 Susan389

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Racing Hearts team is committed to their mission of Saving Lives with AED's. They have been an outstanding organization to work with. Fun group of people, very inclusive and focused. I am making new friends for life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you very much Stephanie! Your dedication and service is remarkable! We would love to have you again for future editions of the Race for Literacy. Thank you for doing this!