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Giving Hearts Day raises record $13.1 million

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FARGO – The annual Giving Hearts Day fundraiser brought in a record $13,122,400, Dakota Medical Foundation announced Friday, Feb. 9.

The event, held Thursday, Feb. 8, gathered donations from 28,044 donors, about 6,300 more than in 2017, DMF said, citing unaudited preliminary figures. Official statistics will be released once data is verified.

DMF also reported the top 10 fundraising charities in two categories, nonprofits with annual budgets less than $500,000 and those with a budget of $500,000 or more.

The top charities with small budgets were Amistad Worldwide, The Arts Partnership, Emergency Food Pantry, F5 Project, Fargo Public Schools Foundation, Gateway to Science, Jail Chaplains, Legacy Children’s Foundation, St. Gianna’s Maternity Home and the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center.

Top large budget fundraisers were Anne Carlsen Center, Churches United for the Homeless, Fraser Ltd., Great Plains Food Bank, New Life Center, Oak Grove Lutheran School, RiverView Foundation, St. John Paul II Catholic Schools, TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics and YWCA Cass Clay.

Contributions during the 24-hour event will benefit 401 nonprofit agencies and charitable funds across North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. It is co-hosted by DMF, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation.

The event has now raised more than $54 million in 11 years, DMF reported.

The Impact Foundation was aiming for 50,000 donors this year, Executive Director Pat Traynor said in advance of the event. The fundraiser took in about $500,000 in 2008, with giving rising to nearly $11 million in 2017.

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