10 Small But Impactful Giving Hearts Day Charities

Written by: Grant Ayers

Every year, Giving Hearts Day represents a special moment for the Fargo-Moorhead community. It’s a time of giving back to the community like none other, as people from across the F-M area make generous contributions to businesses who are making a difference from within the community we call home.

Below are 10 small budget Giving Hearts Day Nonprofits that can make an even bigger impact with your help. No contribution goes unnoticed or unappreciated by these charities. No matter how large or small every charitable donation matters.


The Lotus Center, Inc. provides aid to members of our community facing the struggles of substance use disorders. The Lotus Center, Inc. takes a harm reduction approach to working with clients. While abstinence remains the ultimate goal for most clients, they understand it may not be achievable, nor desirable, for everyone. Any positive change is met with encouragement and seen as a step in the right direction.

Their Mission: “To holistically meet the needs, provide opportunities, and improve the quality of life for those impacted by all aspects of substance use disorders.”


Founded in 1985, Christian Adoption Services (CAS) is a nonprofit child-placing agency licensed in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Formerly known as Christian Family Life Services, CAS has a strong history of serving clients across the two-state region. CAS looks to make a difference one family at a time throughout our community.

Their Mission: “Our mission is to display God’s love to children, birth parents, and families by providing Christcentered adoption services that have an eternal impact by growing forever families.”


The Cat’s Cradle Shelter is a no-kill shelter for rescued cats and kittens located in Fargo, ND. Their residents live in colonies of 6-10 cats in individual units based on compatibility, and are cared for by a core group of shelter volunteers. Young kittens are frequently fostered in private homes where they get 24-hour care, as well as lots of love and attention. Cat’s Cradle Shelter is funded 100% by donations, fundraising and adoption fees.

Their Mission: “Our mission is to create a more humane and compassionate world one cat at a time. We rescue, care for, protect, and place cats for adoption in loving lifelong homes, and work to prevent abuse, neglect and cruelty to animals by educating the citizens of our community in the proper and humane care of not only cats, but all animals.”


With growing multi-cultural populations in the metro, Cultural Diversity Resources (CDR) goals are to inform, educate and assist everyone, increase diversity and inclusion in communities and create opportunities by eliminating barriers to community participation. CDR’s programs range from certified bilingual interpretative services, to job readiness and diversity education.

Their Mission: “Serving as an intercultural bridge that strengthens bonds, educates and empowers ethnically diverse communities.”


Harvest Hope Farm is located just north of Moorhead on 13 acres of woods. The farm offers those who visit an authentic experience in nature, with several species of wildlife amidst oaks and native flora.

Their Mission: “Harvest Hope Farm strives to enhance the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being of others through a hands-on farm experience and education regarding sustainable food resources and environmental stewardship.


Since 2014, the Kicks Band‘s focus has shifted towards Jazz Arts Education and providing high-quality Jazz Arts Programs for our community. On March 28, 2018, Kicks Band became a non-profit organization with the specific purpose of music performance and education.

Their Mission: “The Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead educates, performs and promotes America’s authentic art form, Jazz.


Memory Cafe, located in Fargo, North Dakota, offer free social gatherings for people experiencing mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners to come together in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Memory Cafe is committed to reminding its participants they are valued, significant members of our local community by changing the way we think about memory loss.

Their Mission: “The mission of Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley is to enhance the quality of life for individuals living with memory loss and their loved ones through socialization, education, the creative arts, community services and community engagement.”


New American Consortium has a broad range of programs including youth mentoring, social work case management, women’s empowerment and tutoring services. The one thing in common with every initiative is that they advance the wellness and empowerment of new Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead community.

Their Mission: “The New American Consortium promotes wellness and empowerment by building bonds among people, bridges between diverse communities, and links to organizations. Through celebrations and programming, we facilitate trusting relationships and create healthy partnerships in the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Area.

Our work is designed to provide access and support for refugees and immigrants as they navigate life in our communities.

We base our services on the Wellness Wheel; what we all need for holistic wellness: spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, occupational, social/family and environmental needs.”


One of the common goals of North Dakota Association of the Blind (NDAB) is to enhance the way of life for persons who are visually impaired. They promote education and social and cultural betterment for these individuals, and encourage and assist them. They focus especially on, those who are newly blinded, and help develop their abilities to assume their responsible places in their communities. Another important goal is to create public awareness about persons with sight loss. NDAB has worked and will continue to work with organizations and agencies that are involved with adults who are losing their sight.

Their Mission: “We strive to enhance the way of life for people who are blind or visually impaired, to encourage employment opportunities, and to educate the public.”


Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band‘s fundamental mission is promoting patriotism through music. Many members of the band are military veterans or are currently serving in the National Guard. Other members are civilians who play for the love of the music and the desire to entertain area audiences, with most having relatives who are or were military veterans. All members are non-paid volunteers. The musicians range in age from early 20s to over 80-years-old, and the musical skills of each also range from amateur to professional. Above all, an entertaining performance is their goal!

Their Mission: “The mission of the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band is “Promoting Patriotism Through Music.

Our Band accomplishes this by having 35+ concerts per concert season from September through May. Honoring all Veterans and their families at each concert. All concerts are free and open to the public. Most concerts are held at retirement homes, nursing homes and service clubs although we also have concerts at the Lisbon, Fargo and Fergus Falls Veterans Homes.”

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