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About the Program

Heart to Heart Grant
Through our annual Heart to Heart Grant, the Foundation helps fund research and educational programs that support the improvement of women's heart health. The $50,000 award enables the medical Heart_to_Heart_grant_presentation_2011profession to better understand gender differences in heart health and helps countless health care professionals increase their expertise in heart disease prevention and treatment in women. Through the support of these initiatives, Alpha Phi Foundation is helping millions of people live longer, richer lives.

Beginning with our 2014 Heart to Heart Grant, we will present one $100,000 award annually. This increase reflects our commitment to raising awareness and contributing to the research of women's heart health, as well as the generosity of our donors.

Applications are due in December each year, with the recipient announced at the end of February.

Collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and individual members can nominate a local heart project for the Heart to Heart Grant. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The recipient is selected by a team of medical professionals and the Foundation Board of Directors.

Women’s Heart Health

Alpha Phi officially adopted Cardiac Care as a priority in 1946, which became the Foundation’s philanthropic priority upon its founding in 1956. The Foundation supports programs and research that study heart disease in women – specifically its symptoms, its treatment and its prevention.

More women than men die of heart disease each year. Today, heart disease kills one in three women. It is the leading cause of death of American women and kills more women age 65 years and older than all cancers combined. These statistics underscore why the understanding of this disease continues to be a priority.

Alpha Phi Foundation educates women about the value of heart health through collegiate and alumnae chapter Red Dress events (the red dress is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness). Chapters are also encouraged to promote awareness of women's heart disease during February's National Heart Month and on Wear Red Day which takes place the first Friday of each February.