During a cardiac arrest, use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) will help restore your heart to a normal rhythm. Our team is committed to expanding access of AEDs by utilizing fundraising capabilities and partnerships to deploying devices across businesses and public facilities across the Commonwealth.
An AED is a machine that gives a brief electroshock to the heart, directly or through electrodes placed on the chest wall, helping to restore a heart in cardiac arrest to a normal rhythm. These are the only devices that can be used to restore the heart rhythm if someone is suffering a cardiac arrest and, if available, may be used by public members to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.
The mission of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation includes utilizing our fundraising capabilities and partnerships to place AEDs in businesses and public facilities. Initially, our goal was to distribute at least one AED to a qualified recipient per quarter for a total of at least four per year. However, through community support and outreach, we have increased the number of devices deployed year-over-year.
In 2021, we placed 20 AEDs. We aim to expand this placement across our region and, over time, across the Commonwealth. Below are locations our team has placed AEDs to date:
Request an AED placement through the application below. Funding requirements for AEDs are:
All completed applications and supporting documentation must be mailed to:
Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation
2217 Princess Anne Street #101
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.
Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.
In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.