The Giving Hearts Day online fundraising event held Feb. 11 across North Dakota and in northwestern Minnesota raised $8,272,304 for 326 charities through 37,109 donations at impactgiveback.org. The $1.3 million increase over last year’s $6.9 million represents nearly a 19 percent jump.
The top 10 large charity fundraisers, with operating budgets above $500,000, are: Oak Grove Lutheran School $328,665; Churches United for the Homeless $321,366; YWCA Cass Clay $314,786; TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics $286,955; FirstChoice Clinic $232,817; Great Plains Food Bank $176,943; Anne Carlsen Center (Jamestown, N.D.) $172,096; Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch $167,160; Park Christian School $146,517 and Service Dogs for America (Jud, N.D.) $110,823.
The top 10 smaller charities, with operating budgets under $500,000, are: Unseen $132,817; The Arts Partnership $105,203; Haley’s Hope $89,894; Red River Children’s Advocacy Center $76,646; Gateway to Science (Bismarck, N.D.) $73,565; St. Gianna’s Maternity Home (Minto, N.D.) $62,679; Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center $48,364; Jail Chaplains $45,008 and Cat’s Cradle Shelter $43,176, HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization $41,012.
Unless otherwise noted, the charities are based in Fargo-Moorhead. Individual charity results beyond the top 10 are not released by the Foundation, and instead are reported by the organizations to their donors and communities.
Giving Hearts Day co-hosts Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation provide incentives for top fundraisers, including $15,000 for first, $10,000 for second and $7,500 for third, all the way through $500 for 10th place. These prizes are awarded for both large and small charity categories. Other awards include communication strategies, charity collaboration and gifts from the most U.S. states and N.D. cities. The charity results listed do not include prize funds, as many have yet to be determined. Final and official grand totals will include incentive prizes and be provided after April awards programs in Fargo and elsewhere in North Dakota.
Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous people and businesses matched donations of $10 or greater to at least $4,000 on Giving Hearts Day. Many organizations raised vastly more match, some exceeding $100,000. Gifts to charity were provided online at impactgiveback.org or, if preferred, by check if $1,000 or greater. Match funds were pledged or given to charities in advance of the day.
Organizations interested in becoming part of Giving Hearts Day 2017, to be held Feb. 9 next year, may email email@example.com or contact her at 701-271-0263.