Automated External Defibrillators
What is an AED?
An Automated External Defibrillator is a device which, when used in conjunction with CPR, provides the best chance of surviving cardiac arrest. The AED delivers an electric shock to heart in hopes of re-establishing a normal heartbeat.
We have an AED, isn't that enough?
AED's are miraculous devices that have offered the hope of saving lives. However, an AED by itself is of limited use unless someone is available who has been trained in CPR and the use of the AED. Even AED's require training in CPR to be effective
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Funding Sources to Consider
Local Corporations and Businesses
Corporations may donate to charitable causes through corporate giving programs, company-sponsored foundations or both. Corporate giving often is directed to programs that benefit employees and their families or the community.
Businesses can be one of the best funding sources for AED programs, for example large retailers, insurance companies, public utilities, corporate headquarters, grocery stores, car dealerships, hospitals, cardiologists, etc.
Local Civic Organizations
Rotary clubs, Elks clubs, Lions clubs, Kiwanis clubs, American Legions, VFWs, and hospital foundations/auxiliaries generally have funds available for community service initiatives and are very approachable. Often, a letter or presentation in a meeting may be all that is necessary to general funds. Look in the phone book or check with the Chamber of Commerce for local civic organizations.
Foundations are nongovernmental non-profit organizations with funds maintained to serve the common good, primarily by providing grants to other non-profit organizations. In select libraries around the country you can access the Foundation Center's Database on CD/ROM. There are over 70,000 foundations and 200,000 grant opportunities nationwide. Some of these are Medtronic Heart Rescue Program, Tenet Healthcare, Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford, Allstate, Bank One, Wells Fargo, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Public charities derive their funds from the general public. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life in the local community. Look for community foundations in your area, such as the Minneapolis Community Foundation and the Denver Community Foundation.
The federal government spends about $1 trillion a year on domestic programs. The money filters through state agencies for redistribution at the local level. Grant funds can be found at the federal or state level. Typically, funding for EMS programs can be found in these agencies: Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, Department of Public Safety, Office of EMS, Department of Education, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Check the Catalog of Domestic Assistance for grant opportunities at www.cfda.gov.
Some communities raise money for AED programs using traditional fundraisers. While such effort can be time consuming, they do work. Some examples might be a CPR marathon, letter campaign to area businesses, raffle donated items, sell something, hold a breakfast or dinner, sponsor a holiday event or a refreshment stand at local sports events, a golf tournament, bingo, games, etc. You might also contact the PTA or PTSA to see if they can help with a fundraiser.