MINOT, N.D. - Giving Hearts Day is a day of giving for more than 400 charities across North Dakota.
This 24-hour fundraiser happens all across North Dakota, but here in Minot nine local charities gathered for their first-ever happy hour.
They say this day is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.
"This event is a really cool way for all of the nonprofits that are in the Minot collaborative to get together and kind of show Minot how we work together and give everybody a chance to come out and network and help out a bunch of amazing causes," said Jill McDonald, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center Executive director.
These groups also used the opportunity to raise awareness about the impact they have on Minot, and how public contributions help their efforts.
“A lot of people coming in and mingling, getting involved with maybe a couple of charities that they didn't know existed or did know and it's been a while since they have engaged with them. Hopefully we can engage with them so hopefully we can reengage some and get some new donors in as well," said Randy McDonald, Souris Valley Animal Shelter director.
This day of charity has grown rapidly over the past decade, impacting people's lives at the state and local levels.
“This morning we had already made, by 11 a.m., what we made in our first year. So just the awareness as grown so much. But also the number of nonprofits. Impact Foundation sees millions and millions of dollars coming in through this. I mean it started off as a small thing in the Fargo-Moorhead area and has just blown up," said Jill.
Giving Hearts Day continues until midnight Thursday. To donate you can visit givingheartsday.org