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GIVING HEARTS DAY NEARS

More than 400 participating nonprofit organizations are gearing up for North Dakota's most generous one-day giving event. The 11th annual Giving Hearts Day will be Thursday, Feb. 8. The 24-hour online fundraising activity is hosted by Dakota Medi...

   

More than 400 participating nonprofit organizations are gearing up for North Dakota’s most generous one-day giving event.

The 11th annual Giving Hearts Day will be Thursday, Feb. 8. The 24-hour online fundraising activity is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation.

“This day is such a celebration of the generosity of the people who live in our state,” said Pat Traynor, executive director of both the Dakota Medical Foundation and the Impact Foundation. “Together, all of us are building the most generous region on the planet.”

The 2017 Giving Hearts Day donations totaled $10.69 million, which was a $2.3 million increase over $8.3 million in 2016. Donors who gave to a charity saw the donation increased by matching funds.

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“Giving Hearts Day is the perfect way to double the amount of your gift,” said Larry Kopp, executive director of the The Arts Center in Jamestown. “I invite everybody if they can to make a donation.”

Kopp said the nonprofit organizations of Jamestown are working together to get the word out about why it’s better to give on Giving Hearts Day. It’s not a competition and is a significant portion of fundraising for the organizations, he said.

Performance awards are presented to organizations to include the largest numbers of donors, donations from the most cities and states. Each participating organization has identified at least $4,000 in matching funds prior to Giving Hearts Day.

Maj. Tim Nauta of the Salvation Army Jamestown said an anonymous donor provided a $4,000 match for Giving Hearts Day.

“We look forward to at least doubling that amount,” Nauta said. “We would like to see $10,000 raised and would have to pull in $6,000 on that Thursday (Giving Hearts Day) to reach that goal.”

Other participating organizations from Jamestown and surrounding areas include Alpha Opportunities Inc., CHI Mercy Health Valley City, Cooperstown Bible Camp, Cooperstown Medical Center Foundation, James Valley Youth For Christ, Jamestown Regional Medical Center Foundation. St. John’s Academy, University of Jamestown and Valley City State University Foundation.

" Giving Hearts Day is the perfect way to double the amount of your gift.
LARRY KOPP, executive director, The Arts Center

Alpha Opportunities will have its donation station and thank-you event from 3 to 6 p.m. at R.M. Stoudt. Donations of $10 or more will be matched by R.M. Stoudt up to $5,000.

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Nonprofit organizations located elsewhere that serve the Jamestown area can be found at  www.givingheartsbusiness.org/charities . Some of the organizations include Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Make-A-Wish North Dakota and American Red Cross – Dakotas Region, 4-H Foundation of North Dakota and Elks Camp Grassick near Dawson.

Online giving is encouraged at givingheartsday.org, but if that is not possible a donor can mail a check. The check must be made out to the charity, be dated Feb. 8, and arrive at the charity prior to Feb. 8.

“If the check arrives late the charity will still get the money but it will not qualify for the matches and other awards,” Traynor said.

The third way to give is to phone in a donation to a number that will be posted on the Giving Hearts Day website. The fourth way to give is to donate money in person at the charity.

The Giving Hearts Day website allows the visitor to search out charities by topic, zip code, key work and name. This encourages visitors who go online to donate to one charity to look around and learn about other organizations, Traynor said.

“Most donors give to an average of 2.2 charities,” he said. “Together, all boats rise.”

There were also $2.92 million in donor matches, $270,000 in sponsorships and $577,813 in Dakota Medical Foundation matching funds in 2017. There were $4.26 million in online donations and checks accounted for $2.65 million.

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