We’re helping build communities that are educated, confident and empowered to save the lives of individuals suffering from cardiac arrest.
Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Certified through Guidestar, the Rappahannock United Way Local Government Campaign (LGC), and Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC), we provide specific practices that build and reinforce life-saving skills by training community members in Hands-Only CPR and placing AEDs in businesses and public facilities.
We hope that through our work, we can serve as a catalyst for increasing the survival rate of those suffering from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest because they received immediate life-saving measures from a member within their community.
The programs at Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation are central to helping us achieve our vision and mission as we work to create a community of lifesavers.
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.