Raising Money to Save Lives

Over our 100-year history, the American Heart Association has helped save and improve lives with dedicated support from volunteers and donors like you. Here are a few of the many stories illustrating how together we’re a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives — and how we can advance equitable health for all.

Major Gifts, Major Impact

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Our revenue for the fiscal year totaled $1,102,938,000. Major gifts from individuals and foundations totaled $74.1 million.

Community Events Fuel Mission

Heart disease survivor Jaeden is grateful that the AHA helps kids like him

During a year like no other, our signature campaign events turned to digital experiences to connect volunteers, participants and sponsors in new ways — all while raising critical funds for our mission.

Working Together for Healthier Communities

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The following companies have provided critical support for the AHA to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

The Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

Bernard J Tyson artistic renderingWith the help of generous donors, the AHA launched the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund to invest in solutions to break down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

The fund honors the legacy of Bernard J. Tyson, the late chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and a longtime member of the AHA Board of Directors and founding member of the AHA CEO Roundtable.

Tyson was a visionary leader who cared passionately about health and well-being for all. His quest for affordable, equitable health care and social justice improved and extended lives throughout the U.S. and around the world. Two anchor gifts launched the fund:

In the Bay Area, Lynne and Marc Benioff’s generous $1 million gift will create a new platform to facilitate systems change and advocate for health equity in San Francisco and Oakland, California. Under their leadership, the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund has begun investing in local social entrepreneurs and nonprofits with proven work to help under-resourced communities access health care, nutritious food, housing and COVID-19 testing.

The Elizabeth Elting Foundation Halo Fund launched the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund’s investment work in New York City with a $1 million gift. Liz Elting is a New York-based philanthropist and businesswoman and longtime AHA donor who is recognized for developing women business leaders. The funding is supporting local social entrepreneurs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and creating solutions that drive economic resiliency, address food and housing insecurity, aim to close the achievement gap and improve educational performance.

“Bernard was a cherished friend, tremendous leader and trusted advisor who was a champion of change, equity and well-being,” said AHA CEO Nancy Brown. “Equity will remain at the center of the work we do, and we are so grateful for philanthropists Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Elizabeth Elting Foundation Halo Fund for their generous anchor support of the Bernard J. Tyson Impact fund. We are honored to carry on Bernard’s legacy, especially now as we navigate beyond senseless acts of racial violence and evoke positive change in our communities.”

Twin Cities Social Impact Fund

Longtime volunteers Gary and Sue Ellis donated $1.2 million to support the AHA Social Impact Fund, which will support community-led solutions addressing health disparities in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Gary and Sue Ellis

Andréa W. and Kenneth C. Frazier Family Foundation

The AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund also supports community-led health solutions, addressing problems including women’s health, mental health and access to health care. The fund received a $1 million donation from the Andréa W. and Kenneth C. Frazier Family Foundation supporting community health in Philadelphia.
Andréa W. and Kenneth C. Frazier

Paying Tribute to Moms Everywhere

Chicago donors and longtime volunteers and champions Valerie and Lee Shapiro paid tribute to moms everywhere on Mother’s Day by matching digital donations up to $1 million. Lee is national treasurer of the AHA’s board of directors and has served on numerous task forces and committees. 
Valerie and Lee Shapiro

Giving Societies

We are honored to celebrate individuals who are making a profound impact on our mission and in communities across the country through our giving societies.

CorVitae Society

Cor Vitae Society members are the heartbeat of the association, driving maximum impact in equitable health and well-being around the world. Cor Vitae membership topped 6,770 in the past year, representing nearly $85 million in philanthropic support.

Paul Dudley White Legacy Society

The Paul Dudley White Legacy Society honors generous donors who have included the AHA in their wills, trusts or other estate plans. Named after Dr. Paul Dudley White, an AHA founder who’s considered the father of preventive cardiology, more than 5,200 members have committed to leaving a legacy of support.