Gifts made to the Mayville State University Foundation through the efforts of Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, Feb. 13 will help to implement the new RN to BSN program at Mayville State University. This is an opportunity for donors to help make a difference in the need for nursing professionals in the local area, as well as the state of North Dakota and beyond. Donations may be made online at Search for Mayville State University Foundation.

Through the new online RN to BSN program, Mayville State will educate nurses at the baccalaureate degree level. To be admitted to the program, an individual must have earned an associate degree in nursing. Classes in the RN to BSN program will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2014 or the spring semester of 2015.

This is the first time the Mayville State University Foundation will participate in Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online give-a-thon for non-profit organizations in western Minnesota and North Dakota. The event is hosted every year by the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) and Impact Foundation to help participating charities dramatically increase fundraising success by creating awareness and a 24-hour window of participation that spurs donors to action.

Gifts of $10 or more (up to a total of $4,000) will be matched by the Dakota Medical Foundation. All gifts made to this project will also be matched at 50% by the North Dakota “Matching Fund for Enhanced Academics.”

“Giving Hearts Day is providing a fantastic opportunity for donors to get a super ‘bang for their buck’ on February 13,” said Dena Bergstrom, MSU Foundation annual giving associate/phonathon coordinator. “A gift of $10 has the potential to become a gift of $25, which will go a long way in our establishment of the new RN to BSN program at Mayville State.”

Those interested in making a contribution to the RN to BSN program at Mayville State may do so online from their own computers, or they may stop by the Goose River Bank in Mayville or the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville State between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on February 13. Personnel will be on hand to assist donors with their online donations at both locations, and there will be an opportunity for socializing as well. Refreshments will be served all day, and free blood pressure checks will be available. Stop by the Larson Center to make a donation and enjoy a bowl of chili between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For more information about Giving Hearts Day, go to or contact Dena Bergstrom at 701-788-4864 or