AGRICULTURE

Pledge your heart to 4-H on Giving Hearts Day

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The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is participating in the 2014 Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event on Feb. 13.

On Giving Hearts Day, contributions to the North Dakota 4-H Foundation will be matched up to $60,000 by donors who have committed matching dollars to encourage others to join them in supporting the 26,000 North Dakota youth who participate in 4-H each year.

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation secures and manages financial resources to enhance and expand the state’s 4-H program. Funds raised will support state and local 4-H leadership development and educational opportunities in areas of animal and plant science, consumer and family science, healthy lifestyle education, engineering and technology, environmental and earth sciences, citizenship and personal development, communications and expressive arts.

“Research has shown that youth who participate in 4-H do better in school, are 56 percent more likely to be physically active and are three times more likely to contribute to their communities,” says Cheryl Kuhn, executive director of the North Dakota 4-H Foundation.

“The research is great, and it supports what we already know,” she adds. “4-H youth are not the kids who are sitting around playing video games and getting into trouble. Instead, they are volunteering at local food shelves, showing projects at the fair, building robots, giving speeches, planting gardens – I could go on and on. Basically, they are preparing to be our next generation of leaders. North Dakota 4-H’ers are inspiring.”

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

• Go to http://www.impactgiveback.org

• Click “Donate”

• Choose the 4-H Foundation of North Dakota

The first Giving Hearts Day was in 2008. It generated 1,452 online donations totaling $325,000 for local nonprofit organizations. In 2013, 16,989 donations to 179 charities raised a little more than $3 million in one 24-hour period.