Make the most of your charitable giving

Today, Money Savin’ Mama is encouraging you to save money by giving money.

That’s because it’s Giving Hearts Day, a wonderful opportunity for everyone, especially the frugally minded, to donate to their favorite charities.

Sponsored by Dakota Medical Foundation, Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by Impact Foundation. Contributions of $10 or more made via the Impact GiveBack website are matched by DMF (up to $4,000). This is the 5th annual event, and 140 nonprofits have been invited to participate. Last year, more than 7,000 online donations totaling more than $1.16 million were made on Giving Hearts Day. DMF and other community donors provided $390,000 in match and incentive funding for a total of $1,555,000 going to nonprofits.

Charitable giving should be part of any balanced budget. By timing your contributions to Giving Hearts Day, it’s like an automatic 100 percent return on your investment.

Considering what good that money can do in our community, it’s one of the best investments you can make.

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