It was another record-breaking Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour fundraising event benefitting more than 450 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 a preliminary figure of $16,261,125 through approximately 68,000 donations – $3,103,130 and approximately 4,500 donations more than in 2018, respectively.
Unaudited figures indicate 30,615 Giving Hearts donated – 2,558 more than in 2018. Giving Hearts Day charities have now raised approximately $71 million since the event’s inception in 2008. Official giving statistics and details will be released after all data is verified.
Preliminary top 10 charities in small- and large-budget categories are listed in alphabetical order. Rankings and totals are pending audit.
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.