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Guest Blog: The Joy of Giving Hearts Day Feb. 14

January 31st, 2013 by Member Contributor

Giving HeartsBy: Sheila Borgerding, volunteer center director for FirstLink, a member since 1995

Can “joy” and “fundraising” be used in the same sentence? With all the challenges associated with fundraising, it would be easy to answer this question with “no.” However, Giving Hearts Day has changed my view of fundraising.

Fundraising can be joyful! In fact, fundraising for Giving Hearts Day can be joyful for a nonprofit’s development staff, other staff members, volunteers, donors, and the community. Giving Hearts Day generates a type of spirit that brings together nonprofit staff members to be creative and work together towards a common goal. Engaging volunteers to assist with Giving Hearts Day is also half the fun as volunteers naturally tend to be full of enthusiasm and eagerness to help. Donors and the community also get to share in the spirit of Giving Hearts Day by donating and checking out the unique ways nonprofits strive to raise awareness.

What is Giving Hearts Day?
Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event held on February 14, hosted by Dakota Medical Founation (DMF) and the Impact Foundation. DMF and other community donors match contributions of $10 or more up to $4,000 made to each Giving Hearts Day participant through www.impactgiveback.org.

This will be my third year of celebrating Giving Hearts Day as a staff member at FirstLink, a nonprofit serving North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. It is wonderful to see our community come alive and work together to make this an even better place to live.

I would strongly encourage you to check out the list of charities participating and consider financially supporting the significant work they do for our community.

Give to Chamber Members First
Members of The Chamber encompass a variety of organizations throughout the Fargo Moorhead area and beyond. Essential to our membership are nonprofits, many of whom depend immensely on the support of their local community. So as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider how you and your business can be part of Giving Hearts Day. There are over 100 nonprofit and charitable causes that have been selected to participate in this year’s event. The following are Chamber members:

The ALS Association
Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND Chapter Eastern North Dakota Regional Center
American Diabetes Association
American Red Cross – Red River Valley Chapter
Anne Carlsen Center
Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley
Boy Scouts of America – Northern Lights Council
Catholic Charities North Dakota
CHARISM Neighborhood Support Centers
Churches United for the Homeless
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Dakotas Office
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
Dorothy Day House of Hospitality
Emergency Food Pantry
Essentia Health Regional Foundation
Family HealthCare
Fargo Moorhead Opera Company
Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation
FM Coalition for Homeless Persons
Fraser, Ltd.
Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.
HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization
Hospice of the Red River Valley
Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead
JPII Catholic Schools Network
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota
March of Dimes
Minnesota State University Moorhead
North Dakota State University – Department of Nursing
North Dakota Autism Center, Inc.
North Dakota State College of Science Foundation
Oak Grove Lutheran School
Park Christian School
Plains Art Museum
Rape & Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead
Red River Children’s Advocacy Center
Red River Zoo
Riding on Angel’s Wings

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley
TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics
Trollwood Performing Arts School
YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
YWCA Cass Clay


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