Ways to Give - Giving Hearts Day


With 570 causes to support and even more ways to support them, there’s no wrong way to give back this Giving Hearts Day.


Donate Dollars




Donate Goods


With a variety of causes to choose from, there is no shortage of ways to volunteer your time! Now, there are more ways than ever to give your time and talents to the causes important to you – maybe even from the comfort of your home!


Donate New & Used Goods

Giving new or used goods is another great way to show your support to a charity! Choose from a selection of charities seeking goods to help keep their missions moving forward.


About Giving Hearts Day

As part of a continual improvement program at Fargo, North Dakota-based Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), Giving Hearts Day arose in 2008 as a simple but unique fundraising concept: Around Valentine’s Day, ask people to show affection to not only people they love but charities, too. In the decade-plus since, the event has gone on to become one of the longest-running and most successful giving days in the country, providing a platform for North Dakota and northwest Minnesota charities to raise over $138 million.

It’s not just a day, though. It’s a year-round effort. Using skills taught by DMF and Fargo-based Impact, charities build a fundraising system that they put to use on Giving Hearts Day, the “Super Bowl” of giving in the Upper Midwest. It has become the region’s day to feed the hungry, nurture the elderly, and educate tomorrow’s leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone with a debit or credit card and access to the internet can donate. A minimum donation of $10 is required.

Checks, dated February 9; received by February 9, 2023; and made directly to the charity can be accepted by organizations on Giving Hearts Day.

*If you would like to make a donation of $10,000 or greater please contact Amanda Sayre (ASayre@dakmed.org) for concierge service

No. The Giving Hearts Day platform is used to accept pledges for volunteer time, but those pledges can be fulfilled at a later date, depending on the charity’s specifications.

Yes. All donations are tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt via email immediately following your online donation.

There is a fee of 2.9% per total donation plus $0.30 per cart assessed to cover credit card provider charges, technology platform, and processing incurred through our technology partner. You will be asked if you would like to cover this in addition to your donation in the checkout process. Donors will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.

Call the Giving Hearts Day team at 701-271-0263.

Giving Stories

Matt's Automotive

Giving back to the community is one of the values that shape the strong culture at Matt’s Automotive. Their organization is involved in giving, volunteerism, and donating goods for Giving Hearts Day. Matt’s Automotive financially supports charities near and dear to their hearts, invites employees, business partners, and clients to get involved (even putting Giving Hearts Day invitations into each vehicle they service!), and ran a “goods” campaign that offered a free oil change for those who brought in a bag of groceries for those in need.

Dr. Sue and Grant

Dr. Sue Mathison and her son, Grant, have been a part of Giving Hearts Day since the event began in 2008. Each year, they sit down and go through the giving profile of every participating charity, and Grant chooses which ones to give to. Last year, the Mathisons sponsored Grant’s entire classroom, providing each student with a $10 Giving Hearts Day gift card.

Jenny Olson

When Jenny Olson hosted 45 students in her child’s first-grade class on Giving Hearts Day last year, the response was overwhelmingly positive. She says, “I was blown away by how eight- and nine-year-olds immediately thought beyond themselves. They didn’t choose to give to the local sports teams they may be a part of. They chose to give to causes that represented people they knew with a real need.