More than $16 million raised on Give to the Max Day

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December 3, 2012 // UPDATED 5:48 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie
Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie

Donors raised nearly $16.4 million on Give to the Max Day on Nov. 15 — breaking previous records for the 24-hour online fundraiser for Minnesota nonprofits.

More than 53,000 donated money for 4,381 nonprofits and schools, according to event organizers.

The 2011 Give to the Max Day had 47,534 donors raising $13.4 million.

Four organizations were also awarded an additional $12,500 for receiving the most donations in their respective categories: Cretin-Derham Hall, Shir Tikvah Congregation, White Dove Foundation and St. Olaf College.

One school and one nonprofit were also randomly selected each hour to receive the “Golden Ticket,” which added another $1,000 to its donations.

“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 that day.”

The first Give to the Max Day was created three years through a partnership between GiveMN and Razoo, an online-fundraising platform based in Washington, D.C.