Major Gifts, Major Impact 

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Our revenue for the fiscal year totaled $1,102,938. 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.

Sarah “Sally” Ross Soter

Sarah Sally Soter RossLongtime supporter Sarah “Sally” Ross Soter and her husband, Bill, gave a $5.9 million gift to the AHA, with support from the Soter Kay Foundation that’s led by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

The Soters’ personal commitment of $5.6 million extends the funding of the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Thanks to their generosity, Judith Hochman, M.D., and Harmony Reynolds, M.D., will pursue research focused on women and the variables affecting health and disease, including stress, over the next five years.

A family gift of $300,000 will further collaborative work supporting high blood pressure and diabetes management programs in the Soters’ community of Palm Beach County, Florida.

“I’m delighted to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for good, alongside my husband, Bill,” Soter said. “I hope this gift will benefit generations of women to come through scientific discovery under the great leadership of Dr. Hochman and Dr. Reynolds.”

To date, the Soters have contributed over $16 million to the AHA’s mission.

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.”

Planning for Future Impact

Tom and Diane TaylorDiane and Tom Taylor of Conover, North Carolina, learned about the mission of the AHA when they attended their first Heart Ball in 2012. They eventually became dedicated Heart Ball attendees, chaired Heart Ball for two years and gave a $105,000 gift to support Kids Cook With Heart for three years. The Taylors also attended Scientific Sessions, the world’s premier cardiovascular conference, to learn how the AHA helps disseminate the best science.

This year, the Taylors shared their plan to include a $1 million legacy gift to the AHA through their estate plans. When they learned all the ways the AHA touches people’s lives, they felt an appreciation for the impact in their local community — and a desire to help future generations.

“We have 10 children between us and always strive to showcase the importance of giving back and leaving a meaningful legacy. Advancing community health and research are our top priorities,” Diane said. “We value sharing our time and resources with our community to make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most. The scope of the impact of the organization is tremendous, and we are lifelong advocates of the mission. We have faith the AHA will make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities for years to come.”

The Taylor’s generous donations make them a member of both the Cor Vitae Society and the Paul Dudley White Legacy 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 last year, representing nearly $88 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 5,940 members have committed to leaving a legacy of support.