HeartGift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.
The vision of HeartGift is a world where children born with congenital heart defects have access to the surgical repair they need regardless of where they live.
HeartGift's purpose is to provide the necessary surgery including funds, coordination of care, and medical services for children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) living in countries where specialized medical treatments is scare or nonexistent. Established in June of 2000, HeartGift began its work in Austin, Texas. After establishing a successful model that made great impact, the organization expanded to form additional chapters. Chapters are located in Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio. HeartGift has now served over 250 children and families from 30 countries.
Around the world, HeartGift has forged partnerships with non-governmental organizations to enable patient referrals. Participating organizations offer medical diagnosis and care, and sometimes travel coordination.
All participating physicians and medical practices contribute 100% of their professional fees and services resulting in $6.4 million of Gift in Kind contributions in 2014.
HeartGift staff and volunteers coordinate travel and temporary housing arrangements, meals, translator services, entertainment and other needs. Typically, a HeartGift child and parent will stay in the United States four to five weeks. In 2014, HeartGift children benefited from more than thousands of volunteer service hours during their stay.