FARGO — Giving Hearts Day 2020 had tallied over $19 million in fundraising by early Friday, Feb. 14, shattering its record of $16.3 million last year.

A total of 34,576 people had given as of Friday afternoon, also well surpassing last year's 30,675 donors.

Known as the "Super Bowl of nonprofits," the event is dedicated to raising funds for local charities. It's hosted each year by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Institute and the Alex Stern Family Foundation.

Giving Hearts Day, which spans North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, took place over most of Thursday and extended into the first hour of Friday morning.

The event does not set dollar-raising goals. But it does set goals when it comes to numbers of donors taking part, and this year's goal for donor participation was 53,000.

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Amber DeKrey, director of programs for Dakota Medical Foundation, said that while the day's numbers were exciting, what makes Giving Hearts Day special is what it means for the nonprofit groups benefiting from all the giving.

She noted one example was the Hopeful Heart Project, a young organization formed by two women who lost children shortly after they were born. The group offers various types of support to women who have experienced similar tragedies.

DeKrey said Thursday's Giving Hearts Day will allow the Hopeful Heart Project and other nonprofit groups to continue doing good work in their communities. "It's so exciting to see the generous community really rally together. We're so proud of that," she said.