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Forum staff reports, Published February 14 2013

Without several hours to go, Giving Hearts Day exceeds $2 million goal

FARGO – Dakota Medical Foundation bested its $2 million fundraising goal for today’s Giving Hearts fundraiser.

As of 4:00 p.m., the foundation said on its website that it had raised more than $2.1 million in donations.

It’s the first time the fundraiser has reached its goal so early in the day in its five years, said Pat Traynor, the Dakota Medical Foundation president.

“That’s why we’re so ecstatic,” Traynor said. “It’s incredible. It’s nothing short of amazing.”

The foundation and other community donors will match all online donations of $10 or more today through midnight. Donations can be made at www.impactgiveback.org, where there is also a live running tally of donation totals.

Traynor said there’s usually “a wave of donations” after 5 p.m. when people get off of work, and then again about 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., as they’re reminded by TV newscasts.

“The awareness level for this day of giving is extremely high,” Traynor said. “There are kind and generous people in this region – they just need to be asked.”

There are 179 nonprofits to choose from when donating on Giving Hearts Day.

Last year, the fundraiser drew in $1.6 million.