Giving Hearts Day Criteria

Know that your donation is doing good.

Giving Hearts Day charities complete an application and training process that ensures high standards of fundraising.

Giving Hearts Day has become a social movement and wellspring of generosity throughout North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Having a sound set of policies and criteria help grow Giving Hearts Day not only in funds raised but the confidence and support of the generous donors.


Below is the 2019 Eligibility Checklist for participating nonprofit organizations.

  • 501(c)(3) IRS tax‐exempt in good standing or have a fiscal host that is a 501(c)(3) IRS tax‐exempt organization in good standing.

  • Be a “High Impact Nonprofit” which includes the following:

    • Annual Board of Directors review of organization’s strategic and/or operating plan

    • Annual Executive Director performance review

    • Regular review of the organization’s budget and financials

    • Annual independent financial audit performed and available for public inspection

    • Maintenance and operation of bylaws and articles of incorporation

    • Have participated in an Impact Institute High Impact Fundraising Training at least once since 2016.

    • Complete the 2018 Impact Institute Fundraising Assessment.

  • Have an activated one‐year premium Impact Institute membership.

  • Have a significant local presence (i.e., physical office), active programming within North Dakota or western Minnesota, local governing control, and attest that 100% of the money raised will be used locally.*

  • Have at least one paid staff position.

  • Have an annual operating budget of $100,000 or more.

  • Have raised a minimum of $4,000 on Giving Hearts Day 2018, if applicable.

  • Review and sign off on the Dakota Medical Foundation Giving Hearts Day Policies.

  • Complete a Giving Hearts Day application and submit it by the deadline of August 10, 2018.


  • All 2019 Giving Hearts Day participants are required to secure a minimum of $4,000 in funding from an external funding source(s).
  • As with any donor, Dakota Medical Foundation reserves the right to determine how our award and incentive dollars will be used.

  • Each year, Giving Hearts Day grows in size and substance. We strive to offer valuable training and technical assistance, while remaining connected to our nonprofit partners. To deliver on these objectives, all applications must be received by August 10, 2018.

  • Any late registrations from current Impact Institute members will be charged a $99 processing fee. Any new applications or inquiries received after August 10, 2018, will be added to our contact list for Giving Hearts Day 2020.

    *Limited exceptions may be made for organizations located in ND or western MN that have local governing control but invest their resources outside of this service area.

If you are involved with a nonprofit that would like to learn more about Giving Hearts Day 2020 participation, please fill out your contact information here. We will reach out to you in August 2019 with application information.