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Giving Hearts Day hopes for donation records

Dakota Medical Foundation and the Impact Foundation officials are hoping the seventh annual Giving Hearts Day donation event Thursday will set new records for the number of donations and amount of money raised for the participating nonprofit organizations.

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Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by the DMF and Impact Foundation. Contributions of $10 to $4,000 to participating nonprofits will be matched by the DMF, according to Tami Rust, communications director for the DMF.

Last year 179 nonprofits participated and $3.68 million was raised from 16,989 donations received on Giving Hearts Day. Rust said this year the DMF and Impact Foundation hope to exceed those amounts.

“We expect to exceed 20,000 donations and raise more than $5 million,” she said.

There are 50 new nonprofits participating in this year’s event and overall 171 certified nonprofits. Rust said the DMF also lists 64 nonprofits that are not certified nonprofits but are participating in Giving Hearts Day to bring the total number of nonprofits participating in this year’s event to 235.

About 28 nonprofits that are located in Jamestown and/or Stutsman County or provide service in the area are hoping to raise funds through Giving Hearts Day.

The Anne Carlsen Center met its fundraising goal of $54,000 last year, according to information from the ACC. Part of the funds raised went to the center’s canine program. The center has a trained assistance dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Champ.

This year the center set a goal of $100,000 for Giving Hearts Day. The center will have a live video feed running all day on the center’s website,, Thursday showing videos about the school and updates on how many donations the school receives throughout the day.

To learn more about the nonprofits participating in Giving Hearts Day, or to make a donation on Thursday, go to

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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