Giving Hearts Day 2023

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Donations by individuals like you make up the largest single portion of our revenue each year. Now more than ever, we are eager to play our hearts out for you, and we hope you find it in your heart to support YOUR symphony to keep the music playing!Over 382,000 pounds of food was graciously served by volunteers who have spent over 8,500 hours to help keep our members and our community from going hungry.

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We are working to include the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into the services we provide to our members. Those dimensions are: Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. Talent is really where you can get creative with your giving. Think about you or your company’s skills, products, environment and space – anything that may be able to be a part of something that gives back. Treasure is most commonly thought of as donations, specifically financial giving. There’s no denying that financial gifts to non-profit organizations are extremely impactful, but some may choose other paths of giving. Treasure may also look like donating gently used items to a thrift store that works with a local non-profit, or donating non-perishable foods and goods to a food drive!

Time is most commonly thought of as volunteer time. you can give your time in any way, be it sorting and packing products at the food bank, taking on a role to run an activity at an event and so on.
A great example of volunteering your time is How Drekker Brewing Company volunteered at the Great North Pole (GNP) event in December. The company chose a handful of different two-hour time slots for their team members to sign up for, all with varying job duties at the GNP event. This group helped prep the boxes of food that were to be delivered later that day.At the core of giving is selflessness, and sometimes that’s best shown through creativity! Now, we could talk about how important the act of giving back to your community is (and trust us, we know!), but we’ll let the experts at Dakota Medical Foundation handle that. We’re going to talk about the how. Oftentimes, we imagine giving back to charities, organizations and nonprofits in the form of financial giving, but that’s just not possible for every person. The next thing that might come to mind is volunteering, and while every minute of volunteer time is valuable, sometimes you just can’t give your time either or the organization you’re supporting doesn’t have volunteer time opportunities available. What are you left with? Well, that might be where you get creative – and that’s exactly what we’re takling in this version of our annual charity issue.

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Since the first event began in 2008, generous donors have given more than $138 million; 100% of money donated goes directly to participating charities. Giving Hearts Day 2023 will be held on Thursday, February 9.
The Fargo Police Department’s Engagement Team uses community engagement such as youth programming as a foundation to build relationships and trust between the police department and youth in our community. The Gladys Ray Shelter provides low barrier, behavior based services to adults who are experiencing homelessness. Services are provided in a safe, comfortable and temporary environment to people who cannot access other shelter options in the community. The Veterans Drop-In Center provides Veterans who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, opportunities to meet their immediate needs such as respite from the weather, showers and laundry facilities, meals and clothing. Giving Hearts Day charities have now raised more than $164 million since the event’s inception in 2008. Official giving statistics and details will be released after all data is verified.Unaudited figures indicate that more than 90,000 total donations were made. Donors also had the opportunity to pledge to volunteer or give goods. 1,717 people made a pledge to volunteer and 101 people pledged to donate goods to charities. New this year, people dropped off thousands of pounds of food at several regional businesses and local food pantries statewide.

The one day mega-fundraiser brought in $26,046,730 for local charities. The organization says 41,737 individual donations were made to the various charities.
Gate City Bank gave a $100,000 gift to CCRI in celebration of the bank’s 100th year in business. A $10,000 prize was awarded to Landon’s Light as the winner of Bell Bank’s Social Challenge. Two $25,000 gifts, donated by DMF and Gate City Bank, were also awarded to Furniture Mission of the Red River Valley and the Minot Area Men’s Winter Refuge.Mission of Giving Hearts Day expanded to champion volunteerism and donation of goods To achieve the goal, Fargo-based Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) believes our region can become No. 1 for volunteerism and Giving Hearts Day can become the No. 1 giving day in the nation. Giving Hearts Day is currently […]

Not much rivals the tranquility of life in a small town. The farming community of Langdon, North Dakota knows that firsthand. This town of about 2,000 people experienced the power of unity this Giving Hearts Day. Carrie Hope is the principal of St. Alphonsus School in Langdon, a school that is near to her heart. […]

The Giving Hearts Day fundraising event held Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, raised a preliminary figure of $13,122,400 through 63,586 donations. Unaudited figures indicate 28,044 Giving Hearts donated, approximately 6,300 more than in 2017. Official giving statistics and details will be released after all data is verified.

What first started as a concept for Janna Westerholm to help her son, Henrik, as he underwent treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2017, quickly transpired into providing hope for many more families across the region. Founder of Henrik’s Heroes, Westerholm reflects on the moment her son was diagnosed and the overwhelming emotions she […]What first began as a relaxing lakeside vacation with an inspirational book in-hand, quickly transpired into a desire to change the lives of many families transitioning from homelessness into housing across the Fargo-Moorhead area. Down Home Co-Founder and Director Jenessa Fillipi knew God was calling her to live out a mission to empower lives one […]As the American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage and Homeward Animal Shelter has an influx of animals, they need your help now more than ever before. Homeward Animal Shelter in Great Need of Fosters Do you have room in your home to add a fur-ever friend? If so, consider supporting Homeward Animal Shelter, […]The Giving Hearts Day fundraising event held Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, raised $13.2 million through 63,635 donations. Final figures indicate 28,044 Giving Hearts donated, approximately 6,300 more than in 2017.

Dakota Medical Foundation announces an official total of $10,692,653 raised through Giving Hearts Day. In celebrations held recently in Fargo and Bismarck, charities were recognized for success in fundraising, marketing and general excellence.
On May 11, a fire tore through a South Fargo strip mall, putting all GiGi’s Playhouse services on hold indefinitely. What stood as North Dakota’s only Down Syndrome Achievement Center has been reduced to practically nothing. The facility was a second home to people of all ages with Down syndrome and their families. It was […]
Giving your heart is symbolic of giving love to someone. When you donate and help make a difference in someone’s life, you are actually sending them love and affection. Hence this day of giving was termed Giving Hearts Day.
Charitable trusts work day and night to help those who are in need. Yet they are not given the appreciation and recognition they deserve. This day provides us an opportunity to give credit and supports these noble organizations.In the 1990s, the Dakota Medical Foundation sold half of the hospital to a for-profit organization in Houston. After a few years, the other half was also sold to the same organization. In the early 2000s, charitable establishments were formed within the foundation. In 2005, the Dakota Medical Foundation founded Impact Foundation. The purpose of building this foundation was to provide a way to fund businesses and give loans to charity.

This day provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about charitable organizations, how they operate, and how they aid people financially and medically. It makes us realize the importance of these organizations and also how crucial it is to donate.In 2008, the Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation created Giving Hearts Day, a flagship event to encourage people to give and donate as much as possible. Both foundations mobilized and secured more than $450,000 of area non-profits within 24 hours. Since then, Giving Hearts Day has been celebrated on the second Thursday of February every year as a day on which you donate to charitable organizations as much as possible and make a difference in the lives of millions.The whole purpose of Giving Hearts Day is to donate and help others as much as possible. Donate to any charitable organization you trust and help people in need. You can also visit the Giving Hearts Day website and donate online.In the 1960s, a group of doctors and community leaders came together to form a new hospital, and thus the Dakota Medical Foundation(D.M.F.) was born. In 1962, Dakota Hospital was founded with an initial budget of $1.8 million. The hospital had 76 beds and 11 doctors. Some of the treatments available in Dakota Hospital were kidney dialysis, joint replacement, open-heart surgery, and other treatments and facilities. The patient care provided at the hospital and the supportive, dedicated physicians were also some of the reasons behind Dakota Hospital being one of the most well-established medical centers ever.

Giving Hearts Day falls on the second Thursday in February every year, and takes place on February 8 this year. Do you know that it has been 13 years since Giving Hearts Day was first observed? Giving Hearts Day is an opportunity to donate as much as possible to charity organizations and those in need. It is a great way to show compassion and help those that need our help.We keep track of fun holidays and special moments on the cultural calendar — giving you exciting activities, deals, local events, brand promotions, and other exciting ways to celebrate.