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#GoMatchyMatchy for #GivingHearts18

You can get in on the excitement of Giving Hearts Day when you grab a friend or two and #GoMatchyMatchy!

You’ve already found a charity to love, now tell the world why. People support charities for personal reasons. With 360 North Dakota and Minnesota charities to choose from, Giving Hearts Day is the perfect opportunity to support a cause dear to your heart.

But isn’t everything always more fun with a friend? By choosing to #GoMatchyMatchy, you can tell the world why your charity is important to you, and give your friends the opportunity to do the same.

It’s easy! And fun! Here’s how:

  1. Ask a friend to match your commitment to donate to a charity on Giving Hearts Day. You can each pick your own charity and dollar amount or you can #GoMatchyMatchy all the way!
  2. Post a fun matchy-matchy photo with your friend using hashtag #GoMatchyMatchy anytime from now until February 8 to show your support and help raise awareness for Giving Hearts Day.
  3. Join the event on Facebook to be a part of the excitement leading up to Giving Hearts Day on February 8. Go to givingheartsday.org on February 8 to make your donations.

What is Giving Hearts Day?

Giving Hearts Day is the most generous day of the year. When we first launched the online drive in 2008, our region’s generous donors offered up $325,000. The day makes space for charities to share their stories, connect with new givers and become skillful in a proven ‘friend raising’ system. It has become a gateway for people to connect to causes doing good work in areas they passionately care about.

Giving Hearts Day 2018 will be Thursday, February 8. It is co-hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation.

On February 9, 2017, there were 50,908 donations to 360 charities and causes in North Dakota and western Minnesota. The $10.6 million raised is now at work improving health, stocking pantry shelves for the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, funding great arts performances, providing mentors for at-risk kids and, in countless other ways, making life richer for everyone in our region.

2017 GHD Bar chart 8.5x10

One day for the public, a year-long system for charities.

We’ve taught thousands of people from over 200 area charities how to better tell their mission stories, promote online giving and lead conversations with donors—prepping them for a one-day home run and giving them a fundraising system they can use all year long. They’ve learned a whole system for attracting donors, building a sustaining donor base and raising major gifts.

One highly effective day.

Giving Hearts Day is powerful because it inspires so many to give for the first time or contribute to newly-discovered charities. Organizations find that 30% of donations come from new givers. It’s the start of a fulfilling relationship: new donors learn about great causes, and organizations learn about people who’ve signaled their support for their important missions.

$41 million raised.

More than $41 million has been raised through 10 consecutive Giving Hearts Day events. It’s an amazing accomplishment by the charities of this region, and we invite you to learn more.