About Impact Foundation

About Impact Foundation

Impact serves charities, donors, and the larger community. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, it’s designed to be a vehicle for charity leaders to grow, innovate, and collaborate through ongoing coaching, training, and resource development. Its ultimate goal is to help individuals and organizations unleash their greatest potential to serve. Impact was formed in 2004 through the innovative partnership of Impact Foundation, Dakota Medical Foundation, and the Alex Stern Family Foundation, which saw a pressing need for charities to substantially grow their capabilities to impact health and quality of life. Impact also serves as a co-host and fundraising guide for Giving Hearts Day, one of the first and longest-running giving days in the United States. Since 2008, Giving Hearts Day has helped charities raise nearly $165 million to improve health and quality of life across North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.


For health and safety-related financing in rural communities, Dakota Business Lending provides a Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) to fit your organization’s needs. As a small business financing partner, your organization could benefit from a fixed-rate loan for up to 15 years with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to provide support for your health and safety project. If your organization is interested in learning more about this program, click here.

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event that’s raised nearly $165 million for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota since its founding in 2008. Each year, on the second Thursday in February, this fundraising event encourages donors to find a charity (or several) to love. With the support of Impact, charities receive the training, coaching, and resources they need to enhance their fundraising goals while expanding their organization’s incredible impact. If your charity is interested in participating in Giving Hearts Day, click here.

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