Carolyn Salvador, a Roswell resident and executive director of the nonprofit Enduring Hearts, recently announced the launch of an innovative donation matching program for the GAGives on #GivingTuesday fundraising initiative, taking place on Tuesday, November 28. All donations made during this campaign - made now through November 28 - will be matched dollar for dollar, up to various amounts, by up to 30 different matching donors. Each gift made on behalf of Enduring Hearts will have a potential 30:1 multiple.
This specially designated day of giving involves more than 2,700 nonprofits in Georgia, in addition to thousands of additional nonprofit organizations participating around the country.
Enduring Hearts, founded in 2013, funds research to increase the longevity of organ transplants, improve the quality of life for transplant recipients, and eliminate pediatric heart diseases that lead to transplantation. Last year the organization raised nearly $400,000 a record for any nonprofit since the first start of Georgia Gives Day five years ago. The initiative was established by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and this year will combine efforts with the national Giving Tuesday.
“We are extremely fortunate to have the incredible generosity and support exhibited collectively by our corporate partners, friends, volunteers, families, and those throughout the healthcare community,” said Carolyn Salvador, executive director of Enduring Hearts. “We are looking forward to another robust, successful campaign in the coming five weeks and will be reaching out to all of our networks in hopes of leveraging this extraordinary match. We are confident that one day children who need heart transplants will receive hearts that will be healthy, strong, and sustainable throughout their lives and therefore will never have the need to endure that transplant experience again.”
To make a contribution and learn more about the campaign, visit https://www.gagives.org/c/GGD/a/enduringhearts
Currently one in four children who receive a heart transplant need to get a second one within five years of the procedure. The results of Enduring Hearts funded research projects contribute to the clinical and scientific knowledge about many important aspects of organ transplantation, e.g. the mechanisms of long-term organ deterioration, the consequences of tissue injury, and opportunities to intervene, postpone, and eliminate rejection processes. Enduring Hearts was ranked as a 2015 Top Rated Charity by Great Nonprofits. The organization has raised more than $2.5 million for research.