Since 2008, Dakota Medical Foundation has been sponsoring a 24-hour online fundraising event for area nonprofits called Giving Hearts Day. In its first year, Giving Hearts Day raised $325,000 for local nonprofits. Since then the event has grown at a staggering rate. In 2012, over $1.5 million was raised on Giving Hearts Day. That averages out to $1,133 donated every minute!
FirstLink is very fortunate to be a part of this event. FirstLink was also chosen to receive matching funds from Dakota Medical Foundation. Donations of $10 or more will be matched up to a total of $4,000. In order to count toward the Giving Hearts Day total and be matched by Dakota Medical Foundation, donations must be made online at www.impactgiveback.org on Thursday, February 14th. In 2012, FirstLink raised over $10,000 total. In connection with our 2-1-1 Helpline, this year our goal is to have 211 donors and raise $12,000. Since our goal involves having a certain number of donors, even a small donation can go a long way to help us reach our goal!
This year, FirstLink has had the great fortune of working with an amazing volunteer, Shannon Smith. She has written, starred in, and edited a series of promotional videos. She even dressed up in a giant heart costume on camera! Until Giving Hearts Day, we will be posting one video per week through Facebook and YouTube. To see Shannon’s great work and learn more about FirstLink and Giving Hearts Day stay tuned to our social media.
Would you like to donate on Giving Hearts Day, but don’t have an internet connection? No problem! Stop by the FirstLink administrative office on Thursday, February 14th and enjoy coffee and hot chocolate while you donate. We will have a computer station set up so you can securely donate online with a credit or debit card. FirstLink volunteers and staff will also be on hand to answer questions and help you through the process. You will even have a chance to meet Shannon dressed up as Ms. Heart!