Pledge your heart to 4-H on Giving Hearts Day

Donations to the North Dakota 4-H Foundation will allow youth to participate in activities such as leadership development opportunities at the national level. NDSU photo

NDSU Extension

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is participating in the 2018 Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 8, that benefits nonprofit organizations in North Dakota and western Minnesota.

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is a nonprofit organization that secures and manages financial resources to support and expand North Dakota’s 4-H programs and educational opportunities in areas such leadership development, animal and plant science, consumer and family science, healthy lifestyles, engineering and technology, environmental and earth sciences, citizenship and personal development, communication and expressive arts.

“Giving Hearts Day has allowed the 4-H Foundation to reach out all across the state, touching individuals we might not be able to connect with through traditional activities,” foundation board member Tammy Meyer says. “The money raised is used for a variety of activities, such as awards at the North Dakota State Fair, travel to and participation in leadership opportunities at the national level, training for 4-H volunteers and support for the work of the 4-H Ambassadors.”

Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H do better in school, and they are four times more likely to contribute to their communities and two times more likely to make healthier choices.

The theme of this year’s Giving Hearts Day is #countme. This demonstrates the event has made a profound impact in North Dakota and western Minnesota, and everyone’s donation counts.

The first $8,500 raised for the North Dakota 4-H Foundation this year will be matched by seven donors: Great River Energy, Peterson Farms Seed, Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru, Jim Kirkeide, David and Julie Hassebroek, Eric and Suzanne Lahlum, and the North Dakota Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers. The foundation’s goal is to raise $30,000.

Supporting the North Dakota 4-H Foundation on Giving Hearts Day is an easy, three-step process:

• Go to http://givingheartsday.org

• Click on “Donate”

• Choose the 4-H Foundation of North Dakota

The first Giving Hearts Day, in 2008, generated online donations totaling $325,000 for local nonprofit organizations. In 2017, 21,816 donors raised $10,667,502 for more than 300 organizations.

“The North Dakota 4-H program is a program that I hold very close to my heart,” says Andy Staloch, chair of the North Dakota 4-H Foundation board. “It is the program that sculpted me into the person I am today. Please join me in donating to the North Dakota 4-H Foundation on Giving Hearts Day so we can continue to make the best better.”