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Tampa nonprofit receives a $25,000 match fund and donation from board member and donor, David Katcher and the Michael T. Berger Charitable Fund

Heartbeat International Foundation needs the community of Tampa Bay – more than ever. Due to COVID-19, spring and summer fundraisers have been canceled, and Heartbeat International Foundation is now calling upon donors to help meet the financial needs of their life-saving mission. This #GivingTuesdayNow, on May 5, 2020, will be met with a generous $25k match and donation provided by Board Member and donor, David Katcher and the Michael T. Berger Charitable Fund. This means that new donations will be matched up to $25,000 – allowing the charity to save twice as many lives.

Founded in 1984, Heartbeat International Foundation supplies pacemaker devices and cardiac care to the needy people of the world. Last week, the charity also secured a spot on another match program in partnership with Do More Good, Nonprofit Hub, and Firespring, empowering our donors with the knowledge that any donation made will go farther than ever before.

“With our heart centers located in various countries around the globe, Heartbeat International Foundation doctors, who work 100% on a volunteer basis, have continued to implant pacemakers while fighting COVID-19,” says Laura DeLise, Executive Vice President at Heartbeat International Foundation. 

“Every donation of $500 saves a life,” she explains. “We hope to save as many as 100 lives this #GivingTuesdayNow.”

To make a donation, visit: 

https://now.firespring.com/nonprofits/heartbeat-international-foundation-inc

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a time for people of all races, faiths, and political views to come together in generosity. Generosity gives us the power to make positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value that we can all act on.

About Heartbeat International Foundation

Founded in 1984, Heartbeat International Foundation has saved more than 16,000 lives globally by providing cardiac implantable devices and critical follow-up care for the needy people of the world. Led by Dr. Benedict S. Maniscalco, a Tampa cardiologist, HBI relies on a growing network of volunteer physicians, corporate partners, and donors – people like you – to save the lives of people who cannot afford this critical care. 

For more information, visit www.heartbeatsaveslives.org 

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by #GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. #GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. 

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Media Contact:

Laura DeLise | Executive Vice President

Heartbeat International Foundation

ldeslise@heartbeatsaveslives.org 

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