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Give to the Max Day results

November 20, 2012

Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual 24-hour philanthropic marathon, raised $16,391,905 for 4,381 local nonprofits and schools on November 15.
Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual 24-hour philanthropic marathon, raised $16,391,905 for 4,381 local nonprofits and schools on November 15. More than 53,000 people logged on to to donate to their favorite nonprofits and schools, hoping that matching grants and prize money could further their charitable contributions. The Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation earned $600 through 33 gifts. The HLOCF is managed by SWIF (Southwest Initiative Foundation), which offered community foundations special incentives. All donors who gave during the 24-hour period will be eligible to have a $500 prize added to their gift, courtesy of matching funds from SWIF. Amy Bang’s gift to the HLOCF was randomly selected to receive an additional $500. The other $500 winner sponsored by SWIF was Chuck Koenigs, gift to the Benson Area Community Foundation. “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 crowd sourced 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 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, The Mosaic Company and Youthprise. “Thanks to all of you who participated in Give to the Max Day! It's truly incredible to see the results of just one special day of giving,” exclaimed Liz Cheney, SWIF Program Officer.  A total of $13,155 was contributed to SWIF's family of funds on's Give to the Max Day. In addition to the HLOCF, SWIF manages several other community foundations and works with several other non-profits. During last year’s Give to the Max Day, 47,534 donors raised $13.4 million for 3,978 nonprofit organizations. For the remainder of the story, please see our print edition or check out our electronic edition website at Call 507-793-2327 or email for more information.

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