Goal Launched to Become the Most Generous Region by 2025 - Giving Hearts Day

Goal Launched to Become the Most Generous Region by 2025

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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 the 4th largest 24-hour fundraising event in the country.

“We are excited to be launching this bold goal and challenge our communities to join us and help someone this Giving Hearts Day!” says DMF Executive Director Pat Traynor. “Across our region we can bring together our friends and neighbors to lead purpose-driven lives by lifting up our communities through volunteerism, contributions, and donation of goods.”

Giving Hearts Day is set for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, and while participants have been limited to giving financially in the past, GivingHeartsDay.org will now feature opportunities to volunteer or donate new and used goods. Today the site features more than 275 local volunteer opportunities and many urgently needed goods, with more added daily.

Charities and nonprofits throughout the region are always in need of volunteers and goods. As a health foundation, DMF is hopeful that by including these opportunities in the Giving Hearts Day mission, even more people will experience the physical and emotional health benefits of giving back to their community.

“As a region, we can harness the benefits of a purpose-driven life by building on our rich history and culture of community,” Traynor continues. “Together we have an opportunity to connect with others, become a part of a cause bigger than oneself, and to make a contribution toward improving the quality of life all around us.”

For more than a decade, DMF, Impact Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation have co-hosted Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour fundraising event for charities and nonprofits in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Since the first event in 2008, generous donors in our region have made nearly 400,000 individual contributions to local charities and nonprofits, totaling $90 million.

For questions, please contact DMF Communications Director Nate Mickelberg by phone (701) 212-0779 or NMickelberg@dakmed.org.

To learn more about how to partner with Giving Hearts Day, contact GHD Director Amber DeKrey by phone (701) 356-3139 or ADeKrey@dakmed.org.