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Alumni and friends give record $1.3 million on Giving Hearts Day

Students stock campus food pantry shelves in Hawks Fighting Hunger campaign

Students sign their names for a scholarship drawing after donating food items for the Food for Thought Food Pantry on the UND campus. The Hawks Fighting Hunger food drive was held in conjunction with Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 10.  Photo by Sara Titera/UND Alumni Association & Foundation

University of North Dakota alumni and friends made more than 450 gifts totaling $1.3 million to the UND Alumni Association & Foundation during Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 10. The $1.3 million is a record for a UND day of giving.

“Giving Hearts Day was a tremendous success thanks to the more than 450 alumni and friends who gave gifts in support of UND’s outstanding students,” said DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UNDAAF. “Twenty-four hours of giving will mean a lifetime of success for UND students.”

The impact of the Giving Hearts Day gifts will be felt quickly on campus as most of the gifts were designated for immediate use.

For more than a decade, Giving Hearts Day has been the region’s premier 24-hour giving event. More than 550 charities teamed with the Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation this year.

UNDAAF expanded its Giving Hearts Day messaging this year to include alumni and friends around the country. Donors could give to support scholarships, programs, food security or any campus cause important to them.

In conjunction with Giving Hearts Day, the UNDAAF partnered with the Food for Thought Food Pantry on campus for a food drive called Hawks Fighting Hunger. Students donated hundreds of food items and personal hygiene products during the five-hour event in the Memorial Union.

“We are thankful for our partnership with Giving Hearts Day to share the message that philanthropy is the thread that binds our communities and helps us achieve great things together,” Carlson Zink said.