Program Overview

The Savvik Foundation is a Minnesota non-profit corporation with charity 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. It was founded in 2000 by board members of the North Central EMS Cooperative.

The Savvik Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and receives income from individuals, corporations, and governments. Its efforts are primarily concentrated in research, benchmarking, education, the performance of EMS systems and fostering collaboration among national and international groups.

The Savvik Foundation in 2008 copyrighted a “Community Paramedic” curriculum that was developed in collaboration with universities in the US, Canada, and Australia. The curriculum is provided free of charge to any accredited college or university worldwide. The curriculum is currently in version 4. In Fall 2011 we released the “Community Paramedic Program Manual”, a guide for communities and ambulance services to use in developing a Community Paramedic program. The manual has been downloaded from the internet an average of five times per day, every day, since October 17, 2011.

In 2014, we have commissioned a research study of our EMS Benchmarking Initiative. In partnership with the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada The Savvik Foundation has been collecting benchmarking data from EMS providers across the country since 2002 and we expect the analysis will provide opportunities for best practices for EMS services.

Improved EMS through the promotion of industry innovation and the elevation of its community recognition.

Bringing to life EMS innovations focused on value-added best practices and emerging ideas.

Creativity through Innovation.
Accountability through Transparency.
Collaboration with other thought leaders.

Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity

The Savvik Foundation and the American Ambulance Association have launched a grant program available to Savvik member ambulance services who are preparing to comply with the Cost Data Collection program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Through Savvik Member purchases under contracts, the Savvik Foundation was able to fund grant dollars through the American Ambulance Association (AAA).

Through this grant, services will be eligible to receive a year gold level subscription to AAA’s Ambulance Cost Education program which includes access to experts on cost collection, access to AMBER software and free registration to Webinars and Regional Workshops.  To apply visit and fill out the online grant application at

AAA Ambulance Cost Education Subscription Includes:

  • Amber™ cost collection software (unlimited NPIs)
  • Ticketing system to ask questions of our experts
  • Google Group/Peer-to-Peer Forum
  • 12 Deep Dive Webinars
  • Pre-con at the AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show
  • Regional Workshops (2 seats, sessions across the country)
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Newsletter
  • Podcasts
  • Amber Encyclopedia™
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of Revenue
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of Cost Allocation
  • AAA Accounting Manual

This Savvik Foundation grant is made possible by purchases made through Savvik Buying Group contracts.

Grant Details

Contact Information

How to Get Started

Contact the Savvik Foundation at 888-603-4426 or through email.

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