Charity FAQs | Giving Hearts Day - a Fundraising Event for Charities

Charity FAQs

Participation and Training

If your organization is interested in Giving Hearts Day, we invite you to review the 2023 Giving Hearts Day Criteria and 2023 Giving Hearts Day Policies with your staff and board. This will help you understand if your charity has the capacity to run a successful campaign. Updated policies for 2024 will be available fall 2023. The Giving Hearts Day Team is also available to answer any questions you may have about participation.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that we have nearly 570 charity organizations participating in Giving Hearts Day and they are all different from each other in mission and size. Our goal is to help charities define and achieve their own version of success.

We are no longer accepting applications for Giving Hearts Day 2023. Let us know that you would like to be on our contact list for Giving Hearts Day 2024 by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

We will reach out to you in June of 2023 to walk you through the application process via email. The application period for Giving Hearts Day 2024 opens in June and closes in August.

GHD 2024 Participation

Yes, there is a subscription fee to participate in Giving Hearts Day. This annual payment includes trainings, webinars, access to the website giving platform, and opportunities to qualify for incentives and awards.

Additionally, there is a donation fee of 2.9% per total donation plus 30 cents per cart assessed to cover credit card provider charges, technology platforms, and processing incurred through our technology partner. Donors are asked if they would like to cover this in addition to their donation in the checkout process.

Giving Hearts Day Kick-Off Training is required annually and provides you with a pathway and resources for your Giving Hearts Day experience. It is followed up by the optional Giving Hearts Day Fundraising Course, led by the Impact Learning Co. Anyone from your staff, board, or volunteer team is welcome to attend and fulfill the Kick-Off Training requirement as well as the optional Giving Hearts Day Fundraising Course.

We also provide a wide range of training through webinars, coaching, and small group sessions. All of these are available to you with your Giving Hearts Day subscription, but completely optional.


No. The majority of matching dollars are raised by charities from their own generous donors. Every organization is required to raise a minimum $3,000 match for Giving Hearts Day. Dakota Medical Foundation hosts the day, provides administrative support, and offers matching funds to a limited number of health-related nonprofits within the DMF service area.

To view the DMF service area please click here:


All donations made on are deposited directly to the charity’s bank account, via Stripe, our payment processor. Checks may also be accepted as Giving Hearts Day donations.