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Giving Hearts Day sets new record

The Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation set a new record for the amount of money raised as well as number of donations received for the 2014 Giving Hearts Day online fundraiser held Feb. 13.

Preliminary figures released from the Dakota Medical Foundation show $5.47 million was raised in a 24-hour period on Feb. 13 through more than 24,000 donations. Figures on which nonprofits raised the most funds or had the most donations will be released later this month, according to information from the DMF.

Last year $3.68 million was raised for Giving Hearts Day from 16,989 donations.

Giving Hearts Day is held each Feb. 13 and is a 24-hour online fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in North Dakota.

The DMF and Impact Foundation had set goals for this year of raising more than $5 million and getting more than 20,000 donations.

In Jamestown two organizations that participated in Giving Hearts Day reported good participation from donors.

Taylor Barnes, executive director of the Arts Center in Jamestown, said the center raised $5,082 from donations through Giving Hearts Day. She said the center received a total of $9,082 from a $4,000 match donation the center received outside of Giving Hearts Day.

Barnes said the Impact Foundation only offers a match grant, up to $4,000, to nonprofits participating in Giving Hearts Day that offer health services. Nonprofits that don’t offer health services, like the Arts Center, must find its own match grant.

“We were able to find a $4,000 match grant on our own,” Barnes said.

This was the first year the Arts Center participated in Giving Hearts Day. The funds raised will go to the center’s general fund.

Patrick Kirby, chief development officer for the Anne Carlsen Center, said the center has received more than $115,000 in donations on Giving Hearts Day from more than 460 individual donors.

“That total has grown to over $120,000 for the Anne Carlsen Center,” he said, as final donation figures are being tabulated.

The funds will be used for a variety of programs and services, including buying adaptive equipment and technology.

Kirby said the center received donations from 20 states and from around the world, including donations from Perth, Australia, and Tokyo.

“Nearly 90 cents of every dollar we raised will be used for programs and services here at ACC,” Kirby said.

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

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