Posted on 04/26/2016
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Help Raise Awareness on the Day of Giving, May 3rd

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, is participating in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2016 Day of Giving. The 16-hour event is designed to inspire individuals and businesses to contribute to the life-changing work of non-profit organizations located in the Pittsburgh region.

The Day of Giving will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Please save the date and plan to make a tax-deductible donation to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

To see to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation profile on Pittsburgh Gives, click here

To donate, click here on May 3rd.


Who can make a donation on Day of Giving?  Any individual or business can make a credit card donation to a nonprofit participating in Day of Giving.  

How can I make a donation? MasterCard, Visa, or AmEx donations can be accepted via Please note that the Day of Giving is a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and your credit card statement will read THE PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION. The cardholder must make the donation; no donations will be accepted by third parties.

I do not use credit cards.  Can I make payments through Pay Pal or wire the money? No. Payments must be made through

What is the minimum gift? The minimum donation per organization is $25. 

Can my donation be refunded? No, however if you make a typing error while making a contribution, please contact The Pittsburgh Foundation within 48 hours of the event at 412-391-5122.

Is my donation tax deductible? Donations are 100% tax deductible. When you complete your donation you will receive an email from The Pittsburgh Foundation confirming your tax-deductible gift. Please save the email for your records for tax purposes. Notification of your gift will be forwarded to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

When will the nonprofits receive the donations? How much of the donation does the nonprofit receive? Each nonprofit will receive a check within 60 days of the event's end. All donations to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation will be paid to this organization, less Kimbia processing fees which total 5.99%.

Does The Pittsburgh Foundation receive any portion of the donation given to my selected nonprofits? No. The Pittsburgh Foundation administers the event and website, but does not assess an additional fee on donations or keep a percentage of what is donated. The Pittsburgh Foundation supports the Day of Giving event as a community service at no charge.

Is my gift safe and secure?   Yes. The event website is powered by Kimbia Inc. and is a secure PCI-level compliant site.  Please click here ( to read Kimbia Inc.’s privacy policy.

Why Donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation?

Ten years ago, several colleagues who were passionate about saving lives established the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) community benefit organization. We were driven by a conviction that tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year if more people understood the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest and the critical importance of immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

We set out to create a comprehensive information clearinghouse on sudden cardiac arrest and a virtual meeting place for the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences related to the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

We have accomplished all this—and more. Today, our website,, is the world’s most robust site solely focused on sudden cardiac arrest. It attracts tens of thousands of unique users each month from 200 countries. Our SCA Network, the nation’s first online community for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their loved ones and those who have lost loved ones to SCA, has thousands of members and continues to grow steadily.

In addition, thanks to support from people like you, we have been able to:

  • Create educational campaigns for secondary schools and colleges, including distribution of tens of thousands of educational booklets to school stakeholders and state legislatures
  • Distribute AEDs to schools, youth sports teams, places of worship, and other organizations
  • Conduct research on public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and research among survivors and their families about post-resuscitation quality of life
  • Conduct outreach through traditional and social media, garnering millions of media placements and working with TV programs, such as PBS, to help raise awareness
  • Testify before the FDA and the Institute of Medicine on behalf of patients and families affected by sudden cardiac arrest
  • Conduct awards programs that recognize individuals who save lives and recognize creative educational messaging through videos
  • Conduct healing workshops for survivors of cardiac arrest and their families.

What’s more, in the time since we launched the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation:

  • 38% of Americans now report they have received CPR training
  • 2.4 million AEDs have been distributed for use by laypersons in the U.S.
  • 30 states have made CPR training a requirement for high school graduation
  • AEDs are now required in new buildings and school sites in certain states
  • The average survival rate from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (all heart rhythms) has increased from 7% to 12%. And when bystanders give CPR and use AEDs before EMS arrives, survival rates are 40% and higher.

The feedback we receive from our constituents has been inspiring and rewarding. CPR instructors tell us that they regularly distribute our newsletters to their classes and refer students and policymakers to our website. Patients and families say we have helped them deal with the trauma of sudden cardiac arrest, that they have been able to find peer support through our online community, and that we have made them feel important and involved. Members of the media say that they appreciate having a go-to authoritative source for information on sudden cardiac arrest.  Constituents from all walks of life say that our collection of survivor stories has motivated them to do more to help save lives in their communities.

Thank you for supporting our mission, “Raising awareness, saving lives.” Together, we can make survival from sudden cardiac arrest the rule, rather than the exception.