Monday, November 12, 2012

Smart Giving Tips for Give to the Max Day 2012

Individuals and nonprofits from all over Minnesota are gearing up for's 4th annual Give to the Max Day (GTMD) on November 15th, but how can you make the most of your donations on this special day?

With the smashing success of the past three "Great Minnesota Give Togethers", this year there is much to look forward to—and hopefully new records to break.
  • In 2009, more than $14 million was raised for 3,400 Minnesota nonprofits contributed by roughly 38,000 donors.
  • In 2010, the bar was raised with more than 42,000 individual donors participating and more than $10 million was raised for Minnesota charities.
  • Last year, $13.5 million dollars was raised by more than 47,000 individuals.
To help break these past records, here are four tips for being smart with your Give to the Max Day donations:

1. Keep an eye out for Minnesota’s Most Trustworthy Nonprofits by looking for the Meets Standards Seal on a nonprofit’s GiveMN page:

2. During GTMD, donate to your favorite organization during “off hours” (e.g. 2am!) to help your chance at winning a “golden ticket (throughout the 24-hour Give to the Max Day, one donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have $1,000 added to their donation, with a Super-sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 awarded to one individual's donation at the end of the event).

3. Rally your friends, family, and co-workers together to join you in your efforts of supporting your favorite organization. The more donations your favorite organization gets, the better chance it has at winning a $12,500, $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 prize grant (which will be going to nonprofits that receive the most dollars during GTMD—for more details read here).

4. Busy on November 15th? Schedule your donation ahead of time! New this year, GiveMN is offering the option to schedule your donation to be processed on Give to the Max Day, like you would a monthly bill payment. 

With records to break, causes to support, and money to raise, how will YOU make a difference during this year’s Give to the Max Day?

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