Giving Hearts Day


Thank you!

Thank you to all who gave from the heart on Giving Hearts Day in 2015! Thanks to the generosity of many Mayville State alumni and friends, about $18,000 was raised to help the RN to BSN online nursing program at Mayville State. We have been selected to participate again on February 11, 2016! We hope you will plan on joining us in making Giving Hearts Day a continued success.

What is Giving Hearts Day?


Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser for non-profit charities in western Minnesota and North Dakota. This event is sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) and Impact Foundation. It will take place on February 11, 2016. Donations must be made online on this day only.

What does this mean for Mayville State University?


The Mayville State University Foundation will participate in Giving Hearts Day for the third time in 2016. Proceeds from this day will go toward funding nursing scholarships for RN to BSN online nursing students. Total gifts (up to $4,000) will be matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation. All gifts made to this project will also be matched at 50% through the North Dakota "Matching Fund for Enhanced Academics" through the state of North Dakota for as long as these funds are available.

History of Fundraising Success


Giving Hearts Day raised $325,000 for local
charities in 2008, its first year. Donations topped the million-dollar mark in 2011. In 2012, Giving Hearts Day reached the Bismarck area, with 10 organizations taking part. While Giving Hearts Day is regional, donations come from across the United States. In 2013, 13 Bismarck charities and five Minot charities took part, with Bush Foundation of St. Paul funding charity training for this expansion. The first charities in the Dickinson area came on board in 2014, thanks again to funding from the Bush Foundation.

With many organizations sending postcards, emails, Facebook and Twitter messages, there is strong public awareness for the day. For any single organization, the cost is minimal, but the combined effect of all these messages is powerful in the region. DMF and Impact also mount a marketing campaign for the day in major North Dakota cities. web_graphic_-_with_description.psd


Mayville State Plans for February 11


Those interested in making a contribution to the RN to BSN program at Mayville State may do so online from their own computers at (Search for Mayville State University Foundation.)

Donors who wish to have help with making their online gift may stop by the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville State between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on February 11. Personnel will be on hand to assist donors with their online donations, and there will be an opportunity for socializing as well. Stop by the Larson Center to make a donation and enjoy treats and beverages on us!


More Information


Keep checking back! This page will be updated with all the details on Mayville State's plans for Giving Hearts Day 2016, including a link to the site where you can make your gift on February 11, 2016. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Dena Bergstrom at 701-788-4864 or

Click here to see additional information on Giving Hearts Day.

Giving Hearts Day is sponsored by the Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation. 

Dakota Medical Foundation
ATTN: Tami Rust
4141 28th Ave. S
Fargo, ND  58104-8403

Twitter @ImpactGiveback