Nonprofits gear up for ‘Generous Hearts Day’ – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Dozens of nonprofit organizations in the community and region are working to connect with donors to encourage donations of funds, time, talent and new and used goods to the supporting their missions on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 10.

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota. Some have called it “the Super Bowl of giving,” according to the Dakota Medical Foundation, which hosts the event along with the Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Foundation.

The foundation, based in Fargo, provides administrative support for Giving Hearts Day and fundraising training. It also offers matching funds to a limited number of health-related nonprofit organizations in its service area.

Since the first Giving Hearts Day in 2008, donors have given more than $112 million to the charities of their choice. All donated funds go directly to participating organizations.

DMF and nonprofit group leaders hope Giving Hearts Day will strengthen ties with current donors and build relationships with potential donors that will result in increased involvement, such as volunteering or attending charity events.

Each nonprofit qualified to participate in the event by raising at least $3,000 for Giving Hearts Day.

This year, nearly 550 charities will participate in Giving Hearts Day. Some have found creative ways to help them stand out and draw attention to their particular mission.

Here is a sample of some of the organizations in the immediate Grand Forks area that are actively promoting their participation in the event:

(Left to right) Dr. Taylor Biermaier and Assistant Veterinary Director Jackie Rose monitor a cat during a spaying procedure at the Circle of Friends animal shelter. Arielle Thompson, background is the center’s adoption manager.

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The Circle of Friends Animal Shelter is hosting tours of its new medical center starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, with the last tour beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 4375 N. Washington St.

Those who donate that day will receive a “Thank you for being our friend” gift, in honor of the late actress Betty White and her lifelong love for animals, said Lauralee Tupa, CEO of the shelter. .

Some adoption discounts may apply that day.

Donations received Thursday will be used to install a camera system in a new surgery room at the renovated north end facility. Surgical procedures, which had to be outsourced to veterinary clinics in the past, will soon be offered in-house, Tupa said. Staff members will be able to perform lab work on-site, allowing them to move animals more quickly through pre-operative preparation, surgery and recovery.

The camera system will allow veterinary, pre-medical and medical students, students interested in veterinary and human medicine and others to observe surgeries and receive training.

United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area is hosting an event Thursday at South Town PourHouse, 2015 Library Circle, near the old Kmart store. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Happy Hour specials will be offered from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a ribeye dinner is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with music from “Rhyme or Reason” from 7:00 p.m. United Way for Give Heart Day,” said Heather Novak, Executive Director.

United Way has set a Giving Hearts Day goal of $100,000 for its Families First program, which provides temporary housing assistance for homeless families and rent and utility assistance for near-homeless families. , Novak said.

The Women’s Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, is partnering with O’ For Heavens Cakes for Giving Hearts Day, said Jill Chandler, Manager. For every $10 donation, the donor receives a free red velvet cupcake, up to 12. Donors, including those who have pre-scheduled their donation, can pick up the cupcakes anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the bakery, located across the hall from the Women’s Pregnancy Center in the Grand Cities Mall.

The center is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides free, confidential services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancy. Its service area includes Grand Forks and Polk counties.

Grand Forks Public Schools, through the Grand Forks Educational Foundation, raises money for “The Giving Tree,” an in-house pantry that social workers and school employees can access for much-needed items.

“The Giving Tree is a boon for our Grand Forks Public Schools social workers,” said Alisa Bowman, school social worker. “We are able to help families in need quickly, without paperwork or time. Often we are unaware of the challenges some of the families we work with face until the need is dire.

Donations of $10 or more will be matched with generous funding from the Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux Foundation and Grand Forks Scheels.

Valley Senior Living directs Giving Hearts Day donations to intergenerational programming for residents of its facilities. Donors who prefer to give in person rather than online can bring checks — dated February 10, 2022, payable to Valley Senior Living Foundation with “Giving Hearts Day” in the memo line — by Thursday to Valley Senior Living, 2900 14th Ave S., Grand Forks.

Matching gifts will be provided by Vaaler Insurance and Jean Peterson.

The Grand Forks Senior Center, which has set a goal of $40,000, stresses the need to contribute to its meal program for seniors. The center has seen an increase in demand over the past two years for its drive-through meals, meals provided inside the building, and meal-on-wheels and meal delivery.

Donors who prefer to give in person rather than online can bring their check to the center by Thursday and mark “Giving Hearts Day” in the memo line.

Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity, which serves Grand Forks and Polk counties, helps low-income families access decent, affordable and stable housing. This is possible by using volunteer labor and donated materials when available to build houses.

Donors can contribute by going online to: https://app.givingheartsday.org/#/charity/1386.

Generous Heart Day is Thursday, February 10.

Many not-for-profit organizations – which are engaged in important work in health care, education, elder and refugee welfare, disability services, mental health , arts, homelessness, veteran support, food insecurity and more – in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota are participating in Giving Hearts Day.

To get involved and support one or more charities, go to: www.givingheartsday.org, click on the “Donate” button and select the non-profit association of your choice.

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