Community Foundation
for The Alleghenies

International Heart Spasms Alliance (IHSA) has established a charitable fund through the Community Foundation for The Alleghenies (CFA) based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. CFA is a foundation that was started over thirty years ago and includes over 815 funds with over eighty million dollars in assets.

The foundation allows us to be a charitable fund and, in turn, enables donations to be tax deductible in the United States. By establishing a fund at CFA, our fundraising efforts will comply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other governmental regulations thus ensuring that donors receive appropriate acknowledgment as well as protecting the integrity of the Community Foundation’s nonprofit status and brand identity. This policy, which applies to all current and future Funds, is an important resource and guide to ensure CFA/fund compliance with IRS regulations. The Community Foundation staff will always be available to help and support us comply with these guidelines.

The CFA believes that everyone should be able to leave a legacy. The CFA helps to ensure this through philanthropic endeavours. They are helping the IHSA make a difference for unseen heart issues.

The Community Foundation for The Alleghenies is: The Community Foundation for The Alleghenies can be contacted at:

To donate to International Heart Spasms Alliance (IHSA), please visit our site at:

Meet The IHSA Founders

Terri Shumaker

  United States of America

Diagnosed over 20 years ago and still being dismissed and doubted at times. Thankful for the clinicians that help and advocate for myself when necessary.

Cindy McCall


Mother. Nanny. Registered Nurse and life long learner. Daughter was twelve when diagnosed after a STEMI (heart attack) that was caused by a spasm in the LAD (left anterior descending artery) in 2010.

Sarah Brown

  United Kingdom

Since my diagnosis I have received life affirming care. However, I still sometimes feel it is as though I am asking clinicians to believe in unicorns in fairyland when I ask them to acknowledge my diagnosis.

Annette Pompa

  United States of America

My heart journey started September of 2010. Cooling down from a run, I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t run.’ I would find out.

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