Giving Hearts Day
the second Thursday in February (since 2008)
Giving Hearts Day, "a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota," claims to be "the longest-running giving day in the country." It assists charities in funding their missions and has raised millions of dollars since the first event in 2008. Around 500 charities regularly participate, and individuals, businesses, and schools all get involved.
Giving Hearts Day began with a simple fundraising concept: "Around Valentine's Day, ask people to show affection to not only people they love but charities, too." Since then, it "has become the region's day to feed the hungry, nurture the elderly, and educate tomorrow's leaders." But it is not just a day: the two organizations behind it, the Dakota Medical Foundation and the High Impact Institute, help charities build fundraising systems that they use not only on Giving Hearts Day, but the whole year through.
How to Observe Giving Hearts Day
Some ways to take part in the day include:
- Go to the official website for information on how to get involved as a business, a school, or as an individual or family.
- Make a Donation. This could be in the form of dollars, new and used goods, or your time.
- Give a Giving Hearts Day gift card.
- Sign up your charity to participate in next year's event.
- Check out the FAQs sections for charities, donors, and partners on the official website, or utilize the website's resources page.