Food Shelf will benefit from online donations through GiveMN.org
The Morrison County Food Shelf is one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that will once again ask Minnesotans to display record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite charities and schools online at www.GiveMN.org during the fourth annual “Give to the Max Day” Nov. 15.
“In 2011 the Morrison County Food Shelf participated in Give to the Max Day,” said Ron Hinnenkamp, Food Shelf board president. “Through this effort the Food Shelf raised several hundred dollars to keep our shelves stocked in a very difficult economic time.”
Money donated to Morrison County Food Shelf will directly benefit its mission as a ministry of God’s people for God’s people. In response to Christ’s command to “love our neighbor,” the Food Shelf exists to provide emergency and supplemental food to people who lack sufficient resources to feed themselves. The Food Shelf also seeks to provide referral and educational information to its clients and patrons.
“We set single-day records for philanthropic giving in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and want to keep that streak going in 2012,” said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN, which debuted in fall of 2009 as the first-of-its-kind giving Web site and sponsors of Give to the Max Day. “This is a day for us to come together as Minnesotans and show our support for the nonprofit organizations and schools that work to strengthen our communities.”
During last year’s Give to the Max Day, 47,534 donors logged on to GiveMN.org. The result was $13.4 million raised for 3,978 Minnesota nonprofits, whose missions range from feeding the hungry, to protecting the environment, to promoting the arts. GiveMN hopes to again raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits and schools, showcasing Minnesota’s unparalleled generosity to the world.
In 2012, GiveMN will offer several incentives to encourage donor participation in Give to the Max Day. Morrison County community members can support the Morrison County Food Shelf and other local nonprofits and schools for an opportunity to win prize grants up to $12,500 as top donation earners. During Give to the Max Day 2012, Morrison County Food Shelf will be eligible for prize grants in the form of hourly “Golden Tickets” – an hourly drawing to add $1,000 to a donor’s donation, randomly selected from donors who gave during each hour of the event. One donor giving to a nonprofit and one donor to a K-12 public school will be drawn in the evening for a Super-sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 added to their donations.
At GiveMN, Minnesota nonprofits and schools can showcase their work and introduce their organizations to potential donors. Customized profiles of Minnesota charities detail their individual missions, programs and events. The site also lets donors manage their charitable giving by recording online contributions and storing receipts.
GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. 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.
As of September 2012 the Food Shelf has served 3,971 families, 134,412 meals and 315,547 pounds of food compared to September 2011 of 3,800 families served, 130,692 meals served and 298,116 pound of food. With the cost of food continuing to increase your donation goes a long ways towards us successfully fulfilling our mission.
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 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.