Giving Is Good For You and Your Organization

Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about Giving Hearts Day and our business engagement program.
Giving Hearts Day is an enormously successful 24-hour give-a-thon in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Since 2008, our generous donors have given $41 million to improving health, stocking pantry shelves for the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, funding arts performances, providing mentors for at-risk youth and, in countless other ways, making life richer for everyone in our region.

You and your neighbors have made a profound impact in North Dakota and western Minnesota on Giving Hearts Day.
We are proud of our community’s support. Nearly 22,000 individual donors generously gave in 2017, but we are just scraping the surface of possibility. There are nearly one million people in North Dakota and western Minnesota. What could we accomplish if even half of them chose to give?

The potential is thrilling.
We invite your business to join us in making an even greater impact in our region. There are many ways you can help! Please consider donating, encouraging employees to give back, and building awareness around Giving Hearts Day.

Attract, retain, and engage employees through Giving Hearts Day.
When companies show they are dedicated to improving their communities through corporate giving opportunities (like matching gifts and volunteer grants), they are more likely to be considered “employers of choice” that attract and retain valuable, hardworking, and engaged employees.

Giving back brings out the best in people, and we are confident it brings out the best in the business community as well.

Join us in 2018 as we continue to build the most generous region on the planet!

Count me,

J. Patrick Traynor, Executive Director

Giving Hearts Day 2017




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Giving Hearts Day History

Giving Hearts Day has helped dramatically improve our community since 2008.
Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Institute teach charities how to dramatically improve their fundraising results, increase board engagement, and grow leadership ability. Since 2008, Impact Institute nonprofit members have demonstrated their success in mastering “friendraising” on Giving Hearts Day, one of the United States’ earliest online giving days.

Giving Hearts Day began in 2008, with 38 health-related charities participating. The success of the event was immediate and obvious.

Year over year, Giving Hearts Day continues to grow, making an even greater impact.
By year two, 47 charities and 24 giving funds took part. More than 5,000 donors gave that day, and in year three, generous donors pushed the event across the $1 million mark. In the fourth year, charities with non-health missions, such as arts and animal rescue, joined Giving Hearts Day contingent on securing their own match.

By year seven, Giving Hearts Day expanded across the entire state of North Dakota. Each year continues to bring new expansion. In 2017, its 10th year, Giving Hearts Day raised more than $10 million in 24-hours. Serving needs in North Dakota and western Minnesota, 22,000 people made nearly 51,000 donations to 360 charities.

Giving Hearts Day has significantly uplifted charity support in our region. $41 million has been raised since its inaugural year.
Data shows this day of giving brings an average of 25 percent new donors to participating charities.

Co-hosts Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, and Alex Stern Family Foundation provide resources throughout the year to stage the day.

Giving Hearts Team

J. Patrick Traynor, J.D.

Executive Director

Kris Packer

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Amanda Sayre

Assistant Director of Giving Hearts Day

Sarah Arntson

Communications Manager

Amanda McDonald

Content Manager

Tanner Olson


Impact Institute Team

Scott Holdman

Impact Institute Director

Veronica Michael

Director of Engagement

Jessica Offerman

Executive Manager