It was another record-breaking Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour fundraising event benefitting more than 440 charities throughout North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Led by New Life Center, the first Giving Hearts Day charity ever to raise $1 million, participating charities raised $16.3 million through over 67,000 donations – $3.1 million and approximately 4,000 donations more than in 2018, respectively.
A total of 30,675 Giving Hearts donated – 2,631 more than in 2018. Giving Hearts Day charities have now raised approximately $71 million since the event’s inception in 2008.
The Top 10 charities in both small- and large-budget categories are listed in alphabetical order.
Annual operating budget less than $500,000:
Amistad Worldwide, F5 Project, Fargo Public Schools Foundation – Critical Needs & Got No Milk, Gateway to Science, Jail Chaplains, Jamestown Regional Medical Center Foundation, Legacy Children’s Foundation, Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Gianna’s Maternity Home, West River Health Services Foundation
Annual operating budget $500,000 or greater:
Anne Carlsen Center, Churches United for the Homeless, Fraser Ltd., Great Plains Food Bank, New Life Center, Oak Grove Lutheran School, RiverView Foundation, St. John Paul II Catholic Schools, TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics, YWCA Cass Clay
New this year to Giving Hearts Day, donors had the opportunity to schedule gifts in advance. More than $117,000 was donated by 374 givers.
In their second year, Giving Hearts Day gift cards were a major success. 4,089 gift cards totaling $120,445 were sold and used to donate to charities on Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day 2019 saw record business participation. More than 100 employers engaged in the Giving Hearts Business program, providing match dollars and gift card funds to their employees. Giving Hearts Day is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation.