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“Many organizations do good work. Heart to Heart is small, but their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size. Their educational model is so valuable. It’s gratifying to realize that our financial support is a long-term investment in accomplishing real and permanent good.”

Judith Ahrens-Watkins
Former President, Thayer-Townsend Foundation
The Estate of Nika Pleshkova Thayer


Why invest a million dollars?

To learn why someone would invest in a small international humanitarian aid organization we asked our million-dollar donors to share with us what it was that convinced them to contribute $1M or more to Heart to Heart. We learned that there were three common threads behind their giving. Donors cited:

  • our unique ability to consistently develop advanced, self-sustaining children’s heart programs
  • the cost-effectiveness of our program model
  • confidence knowing the vast majority of their donation would go directly to programs
What makes our programs so cost-effective?
Because our program model is designed to lead to self-sustainability, once our skills transfer work is complete – a period of about 5-7 years – Heart to Heart can move on to other locations and help other new teams working to develop new heart centers for children in need of surgery. Once Heart to Heart has trained a new team of specialists and a partner site becomes self-sustaining, we no longer absorb the costs of providing strategic guidance year-round or international travel for 15 persons annually.
Your money goes to program
Your money is a scarce resource and a powerful tool. When you choose which charity you donate to, you are actually also choosing how it will be spent: will your money be spent on marketing campaigns or on program? Heart to Heart is a small, well-established organization made up of cardiac specialists and non-profit professionals. Together we focus on implementing a forward-thinking program model that has already been proven to be replicable and scalable. So every gift you give becomes part of a life-saving legacy.