Southwest ND nonprofits raise $960K on Giving Hearts Day

Area community comes together to support 12 local nonprofits in southwest North Dakota as part of a record-breaking $26.1 million raised in 2023.

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In this Dickinson Press file photo Badland Ministries camp counselors and area campers follow a path to top of a butte where a cross overlooks the Badlands Ministries camp.
Dickinson Press file photo

DICKINSON — Twelve local nonprofits in southwest North Dakota raised an impressive $960,000 on Giving Hearts Day, an annual 24-hour online fundraiser created in 2008 by the Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo. This is more than double the amount raised in 2022, and the funds will go towards crucial programs and services provided by the participating charities.

The Southwest Giving Hearts Day Collaborative included Assumption Abbey, Badlands Ministries, Benedictine Living Community, Best Friends Mentoring Program, Camp ReCreation, Inc., Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates, Dickinson Public Library Foundation, Home On The Range, Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center, Sunrise Foundation, USpireND, and West River Health Services Foundation.

Dickinson Mayor Scott Decker expressed his support for the annual event, noting that community philanthropy remains one the strongest sources of support for area nonprofits.

"It's a great day that highlights the need for local individuals to give to their favorite charities,” Decker said. “Sometimes in a community you need all these volunteer organizations to fulfill a certain need, be it monetarily or volunteering your time."

This year's Giving Hearts Day was particularly special as it was part of a record-breaking $26.1 million raised for approximately 570 charities across North Dakota and Minnesota. With over 90,000 donations from 41,737 donors, the event continues to grow in scope and impact each year.


The real story behind Giving Hearts Day is the incredible work that these organizations are able to do with the funds raised. From improving health to providing food for the hungry, supporting spiritual growth, and mentoring at-risk kids, the nonprofits involved in Giving Hearts Day provide crucial services that make life richer for everyone in the region.

Most of the charities involved in Giving Hearts Day joined in 2014 and have since been able to connect with new donors and share their stories through the proven "friend-raising" system. Since its inception, Giving Hearts Day has raised an incredible $164 million and continues to provide a gateway for people to connect with causes that they are passionate about.

Dickinson area residents are encouraged to continue supporting these important organizations that are changing lives and helping those in need on the Western Edge. For more information about Giving Hearts Day and the charities involved, visit .

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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