Last year’s day-long, online fundraising effort raised the most money in 11 years

    Giving Hearts Day falls on Valentine’s Day this year, allowing donors the opportunity to show their love and appreciation for RiverView Health and its meaningful programs and services through the annual 24-hour give-a-thon.

    With your Feb. 14 donation, the RiverView Foundation will work to assure RiverView Health has the facilities, equipment and expertise to care for your community and follow its mission of delivering a healthcare experience that consistently exceeds patients’ expectations.

    Giving Hearts Day is one of the Foundation’s most important events. It is a 24-hour give-a-thon for RiverView and other non-profits through the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF). And while it may only last for one day each year, that one day has proven to make a major impact on high-priority, patient-centered projects at RiverView. Programs and funds have been started with Giving Hearts Day donations given in memory or honor of a loved one, and invaluable equipment has been acquired through funds raised during these one-day events, as well.

    This year marks the 12th annual DMF Giving Hearts Day match program. On this day, DMF and other donors will match, dollar for dollar, online contributions to the RiverView Foundation of $10 to $75,000. The match funding is only available on Thursday, Feb. 14 ( midnight to 11:59 p.m.). Donations must be made at givingheartsday.org or through the Foundation office. Links will also be provided on Feb. 14 at riverviewhealth.org and at kroxam.com.

    The RiverView Foundation has been a part of Giving Hearts Day since the beginning. Over the past 11 day-long events, the Foundation has raised over $1 million through donations. Last year’s day-long donations brought in more than $216,000 and marked the Foundation’s most successful day in the program.

    According to Foundation Director Kent Bruun, undesignated funds from 2019’s Giving Hearts Day event will be used for RiverView’s most current need, an upgrade of the Inpatient Unit along with a Chapel Meditation area.

    “The Inpatient Unit portion of the building has served our community well since the 1950s, but its age and limitations are recognized as a growing concern,’’ Bruun said. “The time is here for a retirement of the space and for our hospital’s renewed investment in an improved Inpatient Unit that will enhance care and better accommodate the needs of our patients, their families and our clinical care team.

    “Together we can accomplish anything we set our hearts out to do,” he continued. “Please consider joining in this growing movement of giving for the benefit of our local hospital and the wellbeing of our community.’’

    If you would like to help the Foundation with its mission of assisting with RiverView Health’s most critical needs, make a personal donation on Giving Hearts Day and let others know the importance RiverView Health has had in your life by asking them to make a contribution, as well.

    For more information about the Giving Hearts Day program, contact Bruun at kbruun@riverviewhealth.org or call 281-9249. If you would like assistance with your donation, stop by Bruun’s office, located near the RiverView Cafeteria, and he will take your information in a secure, confidential setting and input the information for you.