Last year, 47,539 people donated roughly $13.6 million to 4,000 nonprofits statewide during Minnesota's "Give to the Max Day"—an annual fundraising day coordinated by GiveMN.
Those are some big numbers, and Minnesotans will get another chance to beat that mark on Nov. 15 as Give to the Max Day rolls around once again. Launched in 2009, Give to the Max Day is an annual opportunity for Minnesotans to donate to their favorite local, regional or statewide nonprofits at GiveMN's website. The event, which is in its fourth year, challenges Minnesotans to raise as much money as possible for nonprofit organizations and schools in 24 hours.
GiveMN, itself a nonprofit, also handed out another $4,161,929 last year in incentives for groups that met benchmarks for individual donations and dollars raised. Many groups also receiving matching funding from other sources during Give to the Max Day—which only adds to the fundraising impact.
Last year, Plymouth-based Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners took first place, raising $320,000 in the 24-hour span. Cretin-Durham Hall High School and Second Harvest food bank came in second and third. Cretin-Durham raised $269,000 and Second Harvest pulled in $256,000.
A number of local nonprofits plan to participate this year, including Mano A Mano International Partners, Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center, DARTS, Mendota PTA, USA Track & Field Inc. and a variety of religious and educational organizations.