The Giving Hearts Day online fundraising event held February 11 in this region raised a preliminary figure of $8,272,489 through 37,109 donations at impactgiveback.org. Official giving statistics and details will be released after all data is verified.
Contributions to 326 charitable causes participating in this year’s event surpassed last year’s $6.9 million.
The top three charity fundraisers are, in projected order, Oak Grove Lutheran School, Churches United for the Homeless and YWCA Cass Clay. Individual results by these charities will not be released until audited by the Foundation.
Giving Hearts Day is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation.
DMF and other generous community donors matched donations of $10 or more up to at least $4,000 for each nonprofit.
For historical perspective, this year’s event surpassed last year’s $6.9 million and 2014 results of $5.67 million.
Giving Hearts Day has now brought over $30 million to charities in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Staggering growth has come in the most recent years, for several reasons including expansion to Bismarck in 2012, Minot in 2013 and Dickinson in 2014. In 2015, charities from Devils Lake and Williston joined the giving event.
An additional 39 charities joined Giving Hearts Day in 2015.
Additional growth has come through extraordinary support by businesses eager to help charities in the day, promotions by charities growing in their creativity, and awareness of the day among people who give at all levels. Gifts of $10 or greater are matched by Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous match donors and sponsors.
A new impactgiveback.org launched in recent weeks, making donations, volunteering at a charity and exploring charity missions throughout the region exceptionally easy.
Almost 140,000 donations have been made at the site just during windows provided by Giving Hearts Day.
Organizations in Giving Hearts Day meet eligibility requirements, including participation in high impact fundraising training provided through Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation. Organizations may email firstname.lastname@example.org to express their interest in joining the event February 9, 2017.