Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common type of birth defect. They are also a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death. In recent years, however, survival rates have started to shift. Children born with heart defects are leading longer, healthier lives. This is largely a result of increased awareness, recent laws passed to mandate simple screenings, and access to medical care.

CHD Families of Tucson is a Southern-Arizona based non-profit and support group for families of children battling heart defects. We specifically focus on providing educational, emotional, and financial support for hospitalized children. Medical research shows that among families of children with special healthcare needs, parents of children with CHD report a higher prevalence of financial burden than those without.1 Interestingly, the statistic holds even among families with higher education and a higher reported income. The fact remains, congenital heart defects are costly, and families are fighting with everything they have.

What is the Charitable Tax Credit?

In addition to being a 501(c)(3), CHD Families of Tucson is a registered QCO (Qualifying Charity Organization) in the State of Arizona. You can help us by giving a gift of up to $400 individually or $800 for a married couple filing jointly. By using our QCO code, your donation will be marked as a dollar-for-dollar credit to your AZ state tax liability, meaning it will either reduce the amount of state taxes you owe, and can even possibly increase your refund. Donate today!

1. McClung, N. Glidewell, J. Farr, SL. “Financial burdens and mental health needs in families of children with congenital heart disease” Congenital Heart Disease. 2018;13:554-562 https.//

Your gift of


Will provide the gas money needed for a child to make it to a doctor’s appointment.

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Will provide groeceries for a CHD family.

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Will cover lodging cost for a family displaced by a hospital stay.

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Will keep the lights on for a family in need.