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A week to Give Grand: Online campaign aims to raise money for local causes

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There is an opportunity to donate to four Grand Forks area organizations this week as part of the first Give Grand campaign.

The seven-day online fundraiser will match donations, said Kristi Mishler, executive director of the Community Foundation, which is sponsoring the campaign.

The four organizations benefitting from Give Grand are Northlands Rescue Mission, Valley Community Health Centers, Ground Up Adventures and the 42nd Street Destination Corridor.

Give Grand donations can be made at Sunday through May 3. There will also be some Give Grand events throughout the week, Mishler said.

The donation process is similar to the well-known Giving Hearts Day, a statewide online campaign supporting more than 100 nonprofits, but Give Grand has far fewer organizations and they are all local, Mishler said.

More than $150,000 in match funds has been raised so far, including a $50,000 gift from the Tim & Sandy Crary Fund of Grand Forks for the Mission, a $50,000 match grant from the Knight Foundation for 42nd Street and a $10,000 gift from Dr. Casey and Bev Ryan of Grand Forks for Valley Community Health.

Like Giving Hearts Day, monetary prizes will be given to the organizations, such as a $4,000 prize for the organization that receives the most donations.

Andy Magness, president of Ground Up Adventures, said Give Grand is “a really huge opportunity” for the organization.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be included,” he said.

Ground Up Adventures is a nonprofit that promotes youth involvement in adventure-based activities, such as the boathouse it plans to open downtown on the Red River June 15. The first 100 donors to give$100 to Ground Up will receive name recognition on the boathouse.

Valley Community Health officials are also excited to be a part of Give Grand, said Mara Jiran, project director for the clinic.

The fundraiser is not only a chance to support the clinic’s finances, but also is an opportunity for the public to learn about the new facility opening May 2014, she said. Valley Community Health’s funds fromGive Grand will go toward the new clinic.

The Community Foundation chose these four organizations based on needs expressed in the North Valley/New Vision 360 community survey, Mishler said.

The Mission and Valley Community Health benefit residents in poverty, she said, while Ground Up Adventures and the 42nd Street project benefit the need to make Grand Forks “a more fun place to live.”

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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