Charities and donors are watching the clock for the seventh annual Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour give-a-thon for charity to take place February 13, 2014. The number of donations to good causes is expected to exceed 20,000 in a single day for the first time in the event’s history.
Giving Hearts Day has been organized and hosted since 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation, as the first one-day “virtual” charity fundraising event of its kind in the region.
Gifts totaling $3.7 million in 16,989 individual donations for 179 charities were received through Giving Hearts Day 2013. In all, 13 Bismarck-Mandan area charities that participated raised more than $147,000 in 24 hours last year.
To join the event, each organization raises funds of at least $4,000 from generous donors ahead of time so that gifts of $10 or greater are matched. All donations are made at impactgiveback.org. An exception is made for gifts $5,000 or greater, allowing donors to provide these sizeable checks directly to the charity on Giving Hearts Day.
Bismarck-Mandan charities taking part are Abused Adult Resource Center, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bismarck-Mandan, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck Public Schools Foundation, Central Dakota Children’s Choir, Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Elks Camp Grassick, Gateway to Science, Great Plains Food Bank, ND FFA Foundation, North Dakota Safety Council, Northern Plains Dance, North Dakota Women’s Network, Prairie Learning Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck, Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Sakakawea Medical Center, Sanford Health Foundation West, Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park, The God’s Child and North Dakota Teen Challenge.
Did you know that there are medical grants available for families struggling
With child health-related expenses? The UnitedHealthcare Children’s
Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2012 grant program. Grants, up to $5,000, are available to help families who need financial
assistance. Go online to apply at www.uhccf.org.
Tracy’s Sanctuary House is in need of volunteers and/or donations. Tracy’s House is open day and night to those individuals that are facing traumatic emergency situations while waiting word on their loved ones who need medical care. If you would like to donate please consider these items: Office supplies, Bottled Water, Bath Tissue, Pillows, Sheets, Gift Certificates and Monetary donations. Please call 258-5889 for more info.
If you’re a non-profit organization that would like to make an announcement, please submit your Public Service Announcement at least 2 weeks prior to your event. E-mail to Corey Wickham PSA Director or Mail to: PO Box 2156 Bismarck, ND 58502