Dakota Medical Foundation

Dakota Medical Foundation

Dakota Medical Foundation

Giving Hearts Day 2021 Awards

We are so excited to announce the Giving Hearts Day 2021 Award winners! We are grateful for all charities who participated this year and the thousands of donors.

We are grateful for all charities who participated in the 24-hour giving event this year and the thousands of donors who stepped up to support their mission, transforming many lives across the region.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the charity awards.

Top Small Budget Charities (Operating Budget: <$250,000)

  1. F5 Project
  2. Lend A Hand Up
  3. Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue
  4. The Perry Center Maternity Home
  5. Landon’s Light Foundation

Top Medium Budget Charities (Operating Budget: $250,001 – $999,999)

  1. Amistad Worldwide
  2. St. Gianna’s Maternity Home
  3. Legacy Children’s Foundation
  4. RiverView Foundation
  5. Women’s Care Center

Top Large Budget Charities (Operating Budget: $1 million or more)

  1. New Life Center
  2. YWCA Cass Clay
  3. Anne Carlsen Center
  4. Oak Grove Lutheran School
  5. Great Plains Food Bank

Top Donor Retention

  1. North Dakota United Foundation
  2. Fargo-Moorhead Opera
  3. Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Top New Donor Growth

  1. Global Friends Coalition
  2. United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area (Imagination Library)
  3. Great Plains Food Bank

Donor Dynamo

  1. Great Plains Food Bank (returning charity)
  2. Life 97.9 – KFNW-FM (first-time participant)

Backyard & Beyond

  1. Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue (donors from most U.S. states)
  2. Great Plains Food Bank (donors from most North Dakota cities)
  3. Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue (donors from most Minnesota cities)

Best Use of Social Media

  1. Homeward Animal Shelter
  2. Red River Zoo
  3. Community of Care
  4. Youthworks
  5. YWCA Minot

Best Marketing Plan

  1. Bismarck Public Schools Foundation
  2. New Life Center

Unique Partnerships

  1. Barnesville Area Fund
  2. Hope Blooms
  3. St. Alphonsus School

Creative Board Engagement

  1. Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre
  2. Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights

Spark Plug

  1. Fathers Farm
  2. Fargo Park District Foundation
  3. Life 97.9 – KFNW-FM
  4. St. Alphonsus School
  5. Harvest Hope Farm
  6. Lake Region Healthcare Foundation Fergus Falls

Go BIG Fundraising

  1. Fathers Farm (first-time participant with the largest gift from a single donor)

Dynamite Fundraising

  1. United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area (charity with the largest percentage fundraising increase)

Rising Star

  1. Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota
  2. American Diabetes Association – Camp Sioux
  3. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – ND Chapter
  4. American Heroes Outdoors
  5. Badlands Ministries
  6. Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation
  7. Camp Bentley
  8. Care and Share Crookston
  9. Cass County Historical Society – Bonanzaville
  10. Child Evangelism Fellowship of Fargo-Moorhead
  11. Christian Adoption Services
  12. Community of Care
  13. Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC)
  14. Down Home
  15. Emergency Food Pantry
  16. Empire Arts Center
  17. Fargo-Moorhead Opera
  18. Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
  19. Frost Fire Park / Pembina Gorge Foundation
  20. Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue
  21. Furniture Mission
  22. Grand Forks Senior Center
  23. Great Plains Food Bank
  24. Health Resources Center – Fergus Falls
  25. Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe
  26. Hope Blooms
  27. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
  28. Lakes Crisis & Resource Center
  29. Landon’s Light Foundation
  30. Legacy Children’s Foundation
  31. Lutheran Brethren Seminary
  32. Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley
  33. Ministry of the Margins
  34. New Life Center
  35. Northlands Rescue Mission
  36. Plains Art Museum
  37. Prairie Public Broadcasting
  38. Presentation Partners in Housing
  39. Red River Zoo
  40. Salvation Army Fargo – Moorhead
  41. ShareHouse
  42. St. John Paul II Catholic Schools
  43. UND Catholic at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center
  44. United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area
  45. University of Mary
  46. Valley Christian Counseling Center
  47. Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN
  48. West River Health Services Foundation
  49. Women’s Pregnancy Center

VISIONBank Best Giving Hearts Day Video

  1. Landon’s Light Foundation
  2. St. Joseph’s School
  3. CHI Friendship

SCHEELS All on Board 

  1. American Red Cross
  2. Anne Carlsen Center
  3. Emergency Food Pantry
  4. Churches United – FM Dorothy Day House
  5. FirstLink
  6. Fix It Forward
  7. Fraser, LTD
  8. GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo
  9. Great Plains Food Bank
  10. Hope, Inc.
  11. Hospice of the Red River Valley
  12. Jail Chaplains
  13. Kamp Kace
  14. Legacy Children’s Foundation
  15. Mind Shift
  16. ND Autism Center
  17. Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
  18. Red River Children’s Advocacy Center
  19. Rondal McDonald House of the Red River Valley
  20. Saint Gianna’s Maternity Home
  21. St. Gerad’s Community of Care
  22. TNT Kids Fitness
  23. YWCA of Cass and Clay Counties
  24. YWCA Cass Clay
  25. Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation Fund

Bell Bank Pay It Forward 

  1. Connect Medical Clinic
  2. New Life Center
  3. REACH
  4. Handi-Wheels Transportation

Sweepstake Sponsors

  1. Gate City Bank
  2. Catalyst Medical Center & Clinical Spa
  3. PRx Performance
  5. VISIONBank

Giving Hearts Volunteer

  1. Dorothy Olson, volunteer for Handi-Wheels
  2. John Brunsberg, volunteer for New Life Center
  3. Chris Wesland, volutneer for Down Home

Outstanding Giving Hearts Day School

  1. Legacy Elementary
  2. Liberty Middle School
  3. Clara Barton and Hawthorne Elementary

Giving Hearts Award 

  1. Forum Communications & WDAY
  2. Bell Bank
  3. Jordahl Custom Homes


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