Give to the Max Day Returns on Nov. 15 to Raise Money for Minnesota Nonprofit Organizations and Schools – Celebrations Include Local Principals Riding a Roller Coaster, Puppies Galore and 24 Hours of Comedic Improv Business Wire -- November 12, 2012 GiveMN: WHAT: “Give to the Max Day” returns for its fourth year on Nov. 15 and Minnesotans will once again be challenged to raise as much money as possible for nonprofit organizations and schools in 24 hours. GiveMN has raised more than $50 million for over 6,700 Minnesota nonprofits. The success of Give to the Max Day has spurred similar fundraising days for states across the country. Give to the Max Day was created to increase giving to nonprofits across the state. Donations on Give to the Max Day can be made through GiveMN.org, a charitable giving website that helps Minnesotans discover, support and engage with nonprofits and schools. NEW IN 2012: *This year, K-12 public schools will join the ranks of organizations that can benefit from the 24-hour giving fest. GiveMN launched “Schools on GiveMN,” allowing K-12 public schools to fundraise on the site. *The community celebration at Mall of America is back with local principals riding a roller coaster throughout the day to encourage giving, a day-long webathon hosted by The UpTake and an evening program to celebrate nonprofit organizations and schools. *Golden Tickets with $1,000 prize grants are expanded to schools. One nonprofit and one school donor will be chosen at random every hour during Give to the Max Day and prize grants will be awarded to the nonprofit or school to which they donated. *Two $10,000 “Supersized” Golden Tickets to one nonprofit and one school donor who gave during Give to the Max Day will be awarded to the nonprofit or school they donated to, and a $500 prize grant will be awarded to the “Most Creative Give to the Max Day Fundraising Campaign” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 16. *Mobile donation is available. Minnesotans can use their smartphones and tablets to access GiveMN.org on any mobile device. WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 Midnight Give to the Max Day starts at GiveMN.org Special events at local nonprofits (some detailed below); Mall of America events include roller coaster riding principals, The UpTake livestream “give-a-thon” and a “Celebrate to the Max” social hour celebration at Stir Crazy. The event is free to the public, but people Throughout the MUST register at http://bit.ly/celebrateGTMD. Day Musical entertainment from Alison Scott, Mayda, Chris Koza and OSO will follow in the Southeast Court of the Mall and is open to the general public, no registration necessary. Throughout the day, Eyenga Bokamba, local artist, will be creating 24 canvasses as one to represent 24 hours of giving. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 Midnight Give to the Max Day ends Two $10,000 “Supersized” Golden Tickets awarded Noon at the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day luncheon at Minneapolis Marriott City Center. Monday, Nov. 19, Results from Give to the Max Day posted to 2012 GiveMN.org PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: *Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN, can speak about Give to the Max Day’s impact to Minnesota. *Minnesota principals will be taking shifts riding the Pepsi® Orange Streak at Nickelodeon Universe to celebrate Schools on GiveMN throughout the day at Mall of America. *Helping Paws, which trains service dogs, will have a Paws to the Max community breakfast, training classes, a luncheon and “Yappy Hour” to reach its goal of raising enough funds for a new litter of service dog puppies. (7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.) *Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will host a puppy playtime event for patients and therapy dogs, as well as an hourly in-house TV show from 11 a.m.-noon and hourly segments on generosity to be broadcast on their hospital livestream. *HUGE Improv Theater will be performing 24 hours of comedic improv in honor of Give to the Max Day. *Circus Juventas will host Cirque-a-thon 2012, an afternoon of activities that will include special performances, trapeze demonstrations and classes for all ages. *Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will be kicking off Give to the Max Day with Young Leaders Day, a day-long event honoring young leaders in the Twin Ports that formally recognizes the importance of young adults and their contributions to the region. *Children’s Theatre Company will be running Dr. Seuss Productions to celebrate Give to the Max Day. The theater will be performing “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and will be hosting hourly prize drawings to encourage patrons to make a donation to Give to the Max Day. Special thanks to our Give to the Max Day sponsors: Minnesota Community Foundation, The Mosaic Company, The John S. and James L.Knight Foundation and Youthprise. About GiveMN GiveMN 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. Many partners shape GiveMN to build upon Minnesota’s strong tradition of philanthropy, including: 3M, Blandin Foundation, Bush Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, HealthPartners, Initiative Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, The Mosaic Company, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, The Pentair Foundation, Securian Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, UCare, West Central Initiative Foundation, and individual donors from across Minnesota. For more information, visit www.GiveMN.org. Contact: For GiveMN: Padilla Speer Beardsley Courtney Reigh 612-455-1947 / 920-410-4067 firstname.lastname@example.org or GiveMN Dana Nelson 651-325-4240 / 612-965-9885 email@example.com
Give to the Max Day Returns on Nov. 15 to Raise Money for Minnesota Nonprofit Organizations and Schools – Celebrations Include
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