Nation’s largest online fundraiser supports local non-profits
By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Give to the Max Day is a statewide fundraising event sponsored by GiveMN.org. Every Nov. 15, donations made online give the receiving organization the chance to win money.
Great River Arts Association (GRAA) in Little Falls will be hosting the second annual Give to the Max party to celebrate the work of non-profit organizations in Morrison County.
“The nonprofits here do amazing work,” said GRAA Assistant Director Michelle Miller. “Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Fishing Museum, Hands of Hope Resource Center, St. Francis and Oasis Central Minnesota are just a few who will be joining the party this year.”
During the first event last year, many local nonprofits benefitted.
“St. Francis exceeded their goal and their matching funds increased by $1,500,” said Miller. “United Way received a minimum of one donation every hour for 10 hours straight. GRAA quadrupled the total number of donations over the previous year.”
Nearly 200 local residents attended last year’s event, where nonprofits were able to network with each other and form partnerships for later projects.
“More than $50,000 in donations were received by all of the organizations that participated,” Miller said.
“It is a terrific way for area residents to see the cooperation and networking that takes place between nonprofits in Little Falls,” said Minnesota Fishing Museum Director Mavis Buker.
The party will be held at GRAA from noon – 5 p.m. Laptops will be available for attendees to make their donations.
Wild rice soup and entertainment will be provided by the Franciscan Sisters. Free mini-massages will be given by Health Source, with snacks and coffee compliments of GRAA. Visitors can view a members art exhibit in the main art gallery.
Donations can be made more than once; there are prizes given away every hour. Giving a donation automatically enters the recipient in various prize drawings.
This will be the fifth annual Give to the Max Day, the largest online fundraiser in the country. While not a part of GRAA’s event, many Morrison County nonprofit organizations participate in Give to the Max. Find www.givemn.org and search for “Morrison County.”
“Whatever your passion is, there is a place locally where you can contribute and help the whole community that way,” Buker said.