Through the efforts of Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, Feb. 9, $14,000 was generated for the RN-to-BSN online nursing program at Mayville State University. This amount includes individual contributions, as well as matching funds. Giving Hearts Day gifts of $10 or more (up to a total of $5,000) were matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous sponsors.  

“We are thrilled that donors have taken this opportunity to make a difference in the need for nursing professionals in the local area, as well as in the state of North Dakota and beyond,” said Dena Bergstrom, MSU Foundation annual giving associate/phonathon coordinator and coordinator of Mayville State’s Giving Hearts Day activities. “The generosity of donors is making a huge impact on students enrolled in the RN-to-BSN program at Mayville State.”

This is the fourth time the Mayville State University Foundation has participated in Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online give-a-thon for non-profit organizations in western Minnesota and North Dakota. The event is hosted every year by the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) and Impact Foundation to help participating charities dramatically increase fundraising success by creating awareness and a 24-hour window of participation that spurs donors to action. This year marked a record amount raised through the event overall. More than $10.6 million was raised by 21,800 donors supporting their favorite charities.

“It is an honor to have been selected to participate in Giving Hearts Day again this year. We are grateful for the matching gifts provided by the Dakota Medical Foundation and other generous sponsors. We truly appreciate all of our generous donors who have supported the RN-to-BSN online nursing program at Mayville State,” said Dena Bergstrom.

Through the online RN-to-BSN nursing program, Mayville State is educating nurses at the baccalaureate degree level. To be admitted to the program, an individual must have earned an associate degree in nursing. Classes in the RN-to-BSN nursing program are offered exclusively online, and were first offered in the fall semester of 2014. The first students to complete the program graduated at the end of the Fall Semester of 2016. For more information, go to