Giving Hearts Day 2020 Criteria

It is with a glad heart that Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation are partnering to host Giving Hearts Day.

Each year, Giving Hearts Day grows in size and substance, and with that growth, we have a responsibility to our partner organizations to communicate clear policies and guidelines around event participation and distribution of funds. Any questions can be directed to

Giving Hearts Day has become a social movement and wellspring of generosity throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota. Having a sound set of policies and criteria is important in helping to grow Giving Hearts Day not only in terms of funds raised, but also in terms of cultivating a sense of confidence and support from donors.


Participation Checklist (Required):

  • Be a 501(c)(3) IRS tax‐exempt organization in good standing or have a fiscal host that is a 501(c)(3) IRS tax‐exempt organization in good standing
  • Have participated in an Impact Institute High Impact Fundraising Training at least once since 2017
  • Have an active Giving Hearts Day subscription (must be fully paid by September 30, 2019)
  • Have raised a minimum of $4,000 on Giving Hearts Day 2019 (if applicable)
  • Review and sign off on the Dakota Medical Foundation Giving Hearts Day policies
  • Complete one Giving Hearts Day application and one 2019 Impact Institute Fundraising Assessment by the deadline of Friday, August 16, 2019


Participation Checklist (Preferred):

  • Your organization should have the following:
    • Annual board of directors review of your organization’s strategic and/or operating plan
    • Annual executive director performance review
    • Regular review of the organization’s budget and financials by the Board of Directors
    • Annual independent financial audit performed and available for public inspection
    • Maintenance and operation of bylaws and articles of incorporation
  • Have a significant local presence (i.e., physical office), active programming within North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota, local governing control, and attest that 100% of the money raised will be used locally. (Limited exceptions may be made for organizations located in North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota that have local governing control but invest their resources outside of this service area.)
  • Have at least one paid staff position
  • Have an annual operating budget of $100,000 or more


Important Info for Giving Hearts Day 2020:

  • 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 Friday, August 16, 2019.  
  • Any new applications or inquiries received after Friday, August 16, 2019, will be added to our contact list for Giving Hearts Day 2021.
  • A Giving Hearts Day 2020 Subscription is $725. That fee will increase to $825 if received after Monday, September 30, 2019.
  • All Giving Hearts Day 2020 participants are required to secure and report a minimum of $4,000 in match funding from an external funding source(s) by Monday, January 27, 2020.
  • As with any donor, Dakota Medical Foundation reserves the right to determine how our award and incentive dollars will be used.


The application period for Giving Hearts Day 2020 ended August 16, 2019. Please reach out to with any questions regarding your organization’s eligibility, and for Giving Hearts Day 2021 application information.