American Heart Association - Hilton Head Island
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas TX 75231
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
American Stroke Association
Address 7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
Telephone (843) 540-6338
Fax (877) 853-4882
Projected Annual Revenue $365,450.00 (2018)
Web and Social Media

Mission Statement The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. By the year 2020, our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.The American Heart Association, founded in 1924,  is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.
CEO/Executive Director Nancy Brown
Board Chair Debra Lockwood
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1949
Financial Summary
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Mission The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. By the year 2020, our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.The American Heart Association, founded in 1924,  is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.

The American Heart Association has funded 13 Nobel Prize winners and over $3.7 billion in research since 1949.  Some of our life saving advancements include the artificial heart valve, cholesterol-inhibiting drugs, heart transplant capabilities, and CPR techniques and guidelines.


Locally we awarded MUSC with a $4 million research grant as part of our Strategically Focused Research Network focusing on Disparities in Heart Disease and Stroke.  MUSC will investigate why recovery from stroke in African-Americans is poor compared to Caucasians.  Scientists from several disciplines will use novel approaches like mapping brain connections to find better ways to reduce the impact of stroke. 

In 2017 we completed our 4th HeART Project in collaboration with the USCB Health Promotions Team at the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club.  This year we are working with the Jasper Boys and Girls Club.  The children are educated on the important of making heart healthy lifestyle choices via an exercise demonstration and an interactive food and beverage presentation.  They are then asked to participate in the HeART contest and create their interpretation of "Why" they want to make heart healthy choices.  The winning artwork will be displayed at the 2018 Heart Ball on Hilton Head. 
In the spring of 2015 via a grant from Gulfstream, we provided Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School with an In-School CPR Program.  As of the close of the 2015 school year, 117 students were trained with CPR/AED skills. The Program will be an ongoing program training hundreds of children and teachers CPR in Jasper county. So far we have donated 3 CPR kits to local schools in the Beaufort Area.  Through our efforts, a total of 12,057 people have been training in CPR. We are also offering Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart in the local schools.  Other community involvement includes participation in local health fairs, two heart catheterization tours, a mission lifeline demonstration and educational lecture, and much more. 
In South Carolina, we advocated and passed legislation that now requires every hospital in the state to perform pulse oximetry testing on all newborns.  This inexpensive test detects over 80% of congenital heart defects in infants and saves lives.  Congenital Heart Disease is both the No. 1 birth defect in the United States, and the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects. The American Heart Association funds more research on all children's heart diseases than any organization outside the federal government.  Last year, nearly $16 million/95 grants were funded by the AHA/ASA.

Supporting research for cardiovascular disease and stroke is a top priority for the American Heart Association. Since 1949, the American Heart Association has invested more than $3.2 billion in heart disease and stroke research.   In 2008, the American Heart Association awarded more than 1,024 new research grants, but we could not fund 1,022 other meritorious grant and fellowship applications because we did not have enough funds. This is an ongoing issue and we need assistance with our local fundraising efforts for the Hilton Head Heart Ball and Palmetto Heart Walk.  You can visit our websites: or to help us with our fundraising efforts.  Our goal is to raise $101,000 at the 2018 Heart Ball and $200,000 at the 2018 Palmetto Heart Walk.

In South Carolina we are continuing to advocate for schools to implement the beverage and snack guidelines in the USDA Interim Final Rule Nutrition Standards for all foods sold in schools, plus other initiatives.  You can register at "You're the Cure" to join us with our advocacy efforts locally and nationally. 
We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with our local events.  The Auction Committee for the Heart Ball is in need of volunteers.  We accept applications to serve on our Executive Leadership Teams for both the Heart Ball and the Heart Walk.  Please contact Carla Raines ( for further information. 
We are also looking for volunteers to assist with our 2018 Southern Coast Heart Ball. We are seeking volunteers to help set up on February 2nd and on the day of the event- February 3rd. If you're interested, please fill out the short volunteer form on our website at
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Thanks to dedicated supporters, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is on track to reach the 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease by 20 percent.  As the leading voluntary health organization in the field of heart diseases and stroke, the AHA has taken a major leadership role in promoting the implementation of interventions that have contributed to the improvements in CVD and stroke morbidity and mortality rates seen to date.
Board Chair Statement expand community focus on prevention.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Areas of Service
Throughout the United States
Beaufort County
Hampton County
Jasper County

We are a national organization and locally we are part of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate.  Our local efforts provide local results and our research is a national effort that effects each American.  Locally we encompass the entire Lowcountry (Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton counties) and into the Savannah area (Chatham and Effingham counties).

Board Chair
Board Chair Debra Lockwood
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term July 2010 to June 2011
Board of Directors
Ron Haddock No Affiliation
Debra W. Lockwood No Affiliation
William Roach No Affiliation
Ralph Sacco No Affiliation
Gordon Tomaselli No Affiliation
Clyde Yancy No Affiliation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. The Association is widely known and highly respected as the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

During her tenure as CEO, the AHA has become a global leader in the discovery and dissemination of heart disease and stroke science. Notably, under Nancy’s leadership the Association announced its bold new 2020 health impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Nancy’s drive to set a brave long-term goal, at a time when many other organizations were focused on short-term needs, has provided a rallying point for the Association’s millions of volunteers, staff, and donors.

Senior Staff
Meighan Girgus Chief Mission Officer
Sunder Joshi Chief Administrative Officer & CFO
Rose Marie Robertson Chief Science Officer
Suzie Upton Chief Develpment Officer
Full Time Staff 2700
Part Time Staff 92
Volunteers 22500000
Contractors 2792
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
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Description Operation Heartbeat-Chain of Survival Operation Heartbeat is a national, community-based initiative the American Heart Association has developed to improve the national sudden cardiac arrest survival rate. Of all people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital, only 5 percent survive. More than 600 Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest, amounting to a staggering annual death toll of 220,000. Operation Heartbeat focuses on a sequence of four actions that the American Heart Association calls the chain of survival, a proven method for improving sudden cardiac arrest survival. These actions include 1) Early Access, calling 9-1-1 to access Emergency Medical Services (EMS); 2) Early CPR; 3) Early Defibrillation; and 4) Early Advanced Care. Operation Heartbeat strengthens the chain of survival by mobilizing local communities and advocating that programs are implemented to strengthen each link of the chain. Operation Stroke is a community-based program of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association – is implemented by a coalition of volunteer healthcare professionals (dispatchers, emergency transport drivers, paramedics, fire and police officers, emergency room physicians, nurses, neurologists, neurosurgeons and many others) and civic leaders. The goal of Operation Stroke is to reduce the number of people who die or become permanently disabled by stroke. The American Stroke Association is doing this by: increasing public awareness of stroke warning signs; increasing the healthcare community’s ability to transport stroke patients; increasing the number of stroke patients who arrive at the hospital in time to receive treatment; and providing access to appropriate acute care for stroke patients across America. Get With The Guidelines Get With The GuidelinesSM is a new hospital discharge program that will help reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary and other vascular diseases. The Get With The GuidelinesSM program works by mobilizing teams in acute-care hospitals to implement the American Heart Association’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with coronary and other vascular diseases. The program advocates using quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools based on the secondary prevention guidelines, which are also endorsed by the American College of Cardiology. The guidelines address these risk factors: smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, alcohol and drug abuse. is a free online behavioral modification program that can help you lose weight, feel better, improve your health and reduce your risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The interactive health management program can help, offering features such as Ask An Expert, Recipes, Health Planners including weight and nutrition calculators, exercise diaries and more. Visit this new free “caring community for preventing heart attack and stroke” at Additional American Heart Association programs that help people reduce their cardiovascular and stroke risk includes: women and heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart and stroke risk factors and warning signs, physical fitness, nutrition and CPR training for adults and school children. Special Events American Heart Walk The American Heart Walk is the premier fundraising event for the American Heart Association, with a goal to raise $75 million in the next year for cardiovascular disease and stroke research and educational programs. Over 650,000 walkers will participate non-competitively in more than 850 events nationally in the coming months. Walking distances vary, although a majority of the walk routes are between 3K and 5K. The American Heart Walk is a fun, heart-healthy activity that the whole family can enjoy, while raising critical funds for research and education. The American Heart Walk celebrates survivors and honors the memory of those inflicted by this country’s No.1 and No. 3 killers---heart disease and stroke. Train To End Stroke American Stroke Association’s Train To End Stroke Marathon Training Program and Fundraiser is for experienced and novice runners and walkers, and everyone in-between. Participants train for four months with an experienced coach to learn how to run or walk a full or half marathon, while raising funds for stroke education and research. It’s about reaching personal fitness milestones and becoming a champion for yourself and others who have experienced a stroke. Jump Rope For Heart Jump Rope For Heart teaches rope-jumping skills that are fun. It promotes the value of physical activity to students while they participate in a team or cooperative effort. The program increases understanding of the seriousness of heart disease and stroke and the lifelong health benefits of physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle. While teaching students to set and achieve goals, they discover that they can make a difference. Jump Rope For Heart builds character through the spirit of volunteerism and community service. Five million elementary school children in 20,000 schools nationwide participated last year in the Jump Rope For Heart program. Other American Heart Association special event programs include ‘black-tie’ galas held in local communities and Hoops for Heart, a program for junior high students that teaches basketball skills and how to live a heart-healthy life.
Budget $471,243,724.00
Short Term Success
Long Term Success Funded $133.5 million in cardiovascular research- bringing the American Heart Association's 10-year total research investment to over $1 billion.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $365,450.00
Projected Expenses $68,600.00
Form 990s
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$249,177$639,368$345,510
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$18,554,129$17,045,029$16,294,194
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$279,789,452$273,309,591$255,498,920
Revenue In-Kind$47,841,640$0$67,372,859
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$462,670,009$465,069,220$467,860,232
Administration Expense$53,363,480$49,789,963$48,618,019
Fundraising Expense$75,307,684$81,074,836$81,383,891
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.051.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%15%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,101,730,480$1,022,717,268$1,009,841,845
Current Assets$227,577,843$247,697,637$207,956,406
Long-Term Liabilities$33,753,630$32,327,545$30,486,976
Current Liabilities$321,638,677$316,335,304$326,366,455
Total Net Assets$746,338,173$674,054,419$652,988,414
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.710.780.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Nov 2013
Nonprofit American Heart Association - Hilton Head Island
Address 7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
Primary Phone (843) 540-6338
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Nancy Brown
Board Chair Debra Lockwood
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Year of Incorporation 1949