About Us

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation of Washington was established in 1961 as a statewide nonprofit organization supporting families and educating the community about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In 2007, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to reflect its expanded mission to respond to and reduce the risk of all sudden and unexpected infant deaths (of which SIDS is one type). The Northwest Infant Survival Alliance – SIDS Foundation of Washington (NISA-SIDS) was shortened to the Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance in 2009, otherwise known as NISSA.

Our Mission

The Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance is dedicated to reducing the risk of sudden unexpected infant death through education and supporting research while providing bereavement services.

Current Overall Goals:
- Provide information and support to bereaved families
- Educate the general public and professionals about SIDS and SUID
- Reduce the number of SIDS and SUID deaths in our state
- Support research dedicated to  the ultimate elimination of sudden infant death
- Provide Safe Sleep education so that every parent, childcare provider and health professional is aware of current evidence-based practices to reduce the risk of sudden infant death

Making our Work Possible
In addition to numerous individual, family, and workplace donations, the generosity of the following organizations helps make the mission of NISSA a reality:

Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
Catherine Wilkins Foundation
CJ Foundation
Community Health Charities of Washington State
Costco Wholesale
Fred H and Mary S Dore Charitable Foundation
Fred Meyer Foundation
Healthy Native Babies
Laura's Guild for SIDS
Muckleshoot Charity Fund
Raynier Foundation
Safeway Foundation
Seattle Police Employees Charity Fund
Suquamish Tribal Foundation
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund
United Way Donor Designations
Wal-Mart Foundation
Wells Fargo
WSMAA Health Foundation


"After losing our son Micah as a result of SIDS, my husband and I were devastated, confused, and lost. Being able to meet with members of the NISSA team helped us feel comfort during a tragic time in our lives. Through NISSA, we were able to ask questions, get support, and recognize we were not alone in our journey of grief. We have also been able to find a great deal of healing through helping others who have gone through similar loss. In addition, we have had the fortune of celebrating the births of our two subsequent daughters and finding community that recognizes both the joys and anxieties surrounding their first years."

- Arlene Thomas, SIDS Mom