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Minnesotans Smash State and National Giving Records – Donors Raise $16 Million for Local Nonprofit Organizations and Schools



  Minnesotans Smash State and National Giving Records – Donors Raise $16
  Million for Local Nonprofit Organizations and Schools During Fourth Annual
  Give to the Max Day

             More than 53,000 donors gave to Minnesota nonprofits

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- November 16, 2012

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:

  * Main Leaderboard:                 * Medium Leaderboard: Shir Tikvah
    Cretin-Derham Hall                  Congregation
  * Small Leaderboard: White Dove     * Colleges/Universities: St. Olaf
    Foundation                          College

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 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 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.

Contact:

Padilla Speer Beardsley
Courtney Reigh, 612-455-1947 / 920-410-4067
creigh@padillaspeer.com
or
GiveMN
Dana Nelson, 651-325-4240 / 612-965-9885
dana@givemn.org
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