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"Giving Hearts Day" expands beyond health-related programs

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Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 13 is a 24-hour online fundraising event for more than 230 non-profits and charitable causes throughout North Dakota and Western Minnesota.

"There's a huge opportunity to do more good, but money becomes one of the biggest barriers," says Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation Executive Director Pat Traynor.

Giving Hearts Day helps build the capacity of non-profits and train them to become exceptional fundraisers- and it has a big impact. It's one of the biggest events for the First Choice Clinic, which supports young women in unplanned pregnancies.

"It allows non-profits like us to generate excitement, generate a chance to tell our story and then have people help us online with donations," says the non-profit's Executive Director Tom Frei.

It's a growing event, allowing even more programs with all missions.

"This event has grown from about 40 non-profits that were all health-related back in 2008 to over 230 charitable causes," says Traynor. 

Including arts like the opera or theatres, science centers and whatever you believe in and want to support. One such organization is the North Dakota Family Alliance.

"It's a state-wide, Christian-based non-profit that seeks to strengthen family and protect our family values," says Executive Director Ton Freier. 

No matter what you believe, the event has expanded so you can help those groups out.

"We can have people that are interested in supporting us do so online," says Freier. "So it's a great opportunity," he says.

With the common denominator in all groups being improving the quality of life in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Any non-profit or charitable cause can participate in Giving Hearts Day as long as they meet the criteria and go through the necessary training.

Traynor says it doesn't matter the mission, as long as the group is making a positive difference.

To donate, visit www.impactgiveback.org.

 

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