Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's annual 24-hour philanthropic marathon,
raised $16,391,905 for 4,381 local nonprofits and schools, breaking the
previous state and national records for charitable giving. More than
53,000 people logged on to www.GiveMN.org
to donate to their favorite nonprofits and schools, hoping that matching
grants and prize money could further their charitable contributions.
During last year's Give to the Max Day, 47,534 donors raised $13.4
million for 3,978 nonprofit organizations.
Among these incentives were Leaderboard Grants including the top prizes
of $12,500, $5,000 and $2,500 which were given to the nonprofit
organizations and colleges that received the most dollars during Give to
the Max Day in their respective categories. This year, the following
organizations took home the top leadership prizes:
In addition, donations from one nonprofit donor and one school donor
were randomly selected each hour and given the "Golden Ticket," which
tacked on an additional $1,000 to their original contributions. Two
supersized "Golden Tickets" worth $10,000 were awarded after the event,
significantly boosting two lucky individuals' gifts, benefiting Cannon
River STEM School and Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
"People across our state know that when we all pitch in, great things
happen," said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN. "Give to the
Max Day has become a celebration of Minnesota's philanthropic spirit and
nonprofits have done an excellent job of embracing the day."
Give to the Max Day was created three years ago to increase charitable
donations statewide by engaging as many donors as possible in a single
day. This pioneering idea was made possible by GiveMN, a charitable
giving website to help Minnesotans support their causes. This year,
GiveMN improved convenience by adding mobile giving on smartphones and
tablets, as well as scheduled donations, which allowed people to plan
their Give to the Max Day donations in advance.
GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max
Day a success. Based in Washington, D.C., Razoo is a venture funded
social enterprise committed to transforming people's lives through
meaningful giving. Its secure online platform facilitates crowdsourced
fundraising, streamlines the donation process and offers a suite of free
and easy-to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and
nonprofits to give and fundraise online.
Special thanks to the Give to the Max Day sponsors, which include James
L. Knight Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, The Mosaic Company
About GiveMNGiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform
philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of
it online. GiveMN is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that is a
support organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation and an
affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Many partners shaped
GiveMN to build upon Minnesota's strong tradition of philanthropy,
including: Blandin Foundation, The Otto Bremer Foundation, Bush
Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Ecolab Foundation,
F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, HealthPartners,
Initiative Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, The Mosaic Company,
Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, The Saint Paul
Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest
Initiative Foundation, Target, UCare and West Central Initiative
Foundation. For more information, visit www.GiveMN.org.
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