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Pauline Economon and Sandra Leyland , Published February 28 2010

Foundation’s effort appreciated

What a day Feb. 11 was for the Heartland! In just 24 hours, Dakota Medical Foundation’s Giving Hearts Day generated more than 5,000 donations to nonprofits across our region. With donations received and DMF match funds, the grand total raised for area nonprofits was $1,167,849.

For the third year in a row, Giving Hearts Day has brought together an “army of compassion.” The more than 5,000 individual donors prove that together we can have a powerful “impact” on the health needs of our community and help the financial needs of area health-related nonprofits.

Giving Hearts Day, a popular fundraiser in this region sponsored by Dakota Medical Foundation, has exceeded our expectations! FirstChoice Clinic and Fraser Ltd. have battled in friendly competition for first and second place respectively in 2009 and again in 2010. We represent two distinctly different missions, but we are joined in our passion for each of us to succeed in meeting community needs.

We are both grateful for the opportunity to increase our donor bases while building sustainability for our programs. Dakota Medical Foundation provides not only a one-day fundraiser but year-round opportunities to participate in training programs that contribute to efficient and effective fundraising and best practices for nonprofits. Giving Hearts Day allows us to put our knowledge and creativity to the test – a priceless experience for all participating organizations.

Thank you, Dakota Medical Foundation; you truly give back to all of us with IMPACT.

Economon is executive director, FirstChoice Clinic; Leyland is executive director, Fraser Ltd.