Valentine’s Day is not just a day for us to appreciate our loved ones, but it’s now a day to give back to the non-profits in our state.
This will mark the 12th year of Giving Hearts Day, a day where people around the world donate to all the hardworking charities in our communities.
Most of us don’t realize how much non-profits influence our lives every day, which is exactly why the Dakota Medical Foundation started Giving Hearts Day. 100% of the donations go directly to the non-profits in our community.
Giving Hearts Day runs a full 24 hours, and have raised over $55 million since they started.
I talked to one of the non-profits, who told KX, although it is a friendly competition, the best part is being able to work with the other non-profits around the state.
Development Director of Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota, Pam Thompson says, “What’s been great is getting to know the other people in my position and doing what I do and sharing stories– and how are you able to do this and how do you approach this, and it’s just been a great way to tell our story and strengthen our storytelling. Because really all these non-profits really have powerful stories and you would be surprised about how many non-profits touch your life every day.”
Furry Friends Rockin Rescue volunteer, Tiffany Hardy adds, “It doesn’t matter what organization that your helping. It’s one of those days that you can get out and help 100 different organizations in a day.”
Giving Hearts Day now helps over 450 non-profits all over our state, which can sound a little intimidating when you think about having to compete with so many other charities.
Thompson says, “It was scary at first, I am not going to lie– to say oh yeah we are going to support other non-profits and that’s going to take a little bit of our pie away, and it has not been true at all. We have found that it just multiplies and this is such a generous region.”
Last year Giving Hearts Day raised over $13 million to give non-profits a platform to fund their missions all over North Dakota.
That money is essential for some non-profits to stay afloat. Hardy tells me, Furry Friends averages $8,000 for vet supplies, food, and even surgery every month. She says your donations this year are especially going to help one of her furry friends.
“Chewy came into Furry Friends with a broken leg, and he had a surgery already and unfortunately it hasn’t been the best situation so we are actually going to have the leg amputated,” says Hardy.
I talked to Scott Holdman, who helps guide the charities involved with Giving Hearts Day. He tells me that this day has become a movement and one simple donation can do more than you would ever imagine.
“None of this money goes anywhere except directly with a charity and we hear quotes from these charitable participants like our camp for cancer kids is still free because of Giving Hearts Day. We hear about kids that didn’t have access to education, now have access to education or greater access because of contributions on Giving Hearts Day,” says Holdman.
Holdman says they hope to get at least 50,000 donations this year. He will also host Giving Hearts Day on a live broadcast all day tomorrow.
You can donate online all day tomorrow. This year you can even place a hold on donating for tomorrow, just in case you think you might forget.
For more information on how to donate, click here.
Giving Hearts will have a big event at the ND State Capitol from 8:30- 2pm on Thursday. There will also be other events around North Dakota put on by your local non-profits.