Give to the Max on Thursday, Nov. 14

Schools, nonprofits can reap extra funds


To encourage people to give money to nonprofit organizations, Give to the Max Day was created in 2009.

For one 24-hour period each year, Minnesotans go online to donate to their favorite nonprofits and schools using a credit or debit card.

Donations are tax-deductible. The minimum donation is $10.

Last year more than $16 million was raised for more than 4,000 Minnesota nonprofits and schools.

Local residents can find out what organizations are eligible by visiting and entering the city name in the search window.

As incentives, gives extra money to organizations based either on dollars raised (Leaderboards), chance (Golden Tickets) or both (Power Hours).

Leaderboard prizes, given to nonprofits and schools of different sizes based on the total dollars raised, range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Golden Tickets are hourly drawings that add $1,000 to a person’s donation, randomly selected from donors who gave during each hour of the event.

At the end of the event, two $10,000 Golden Tickets will be randomly drawn, one for a nonprofit and one for a school.

These amounts can make a significant difference in the budget of a small organization.

Power Hours give an extra $1,000 to organizations that raise the most money from 2 to 2:59 a.m., 5 to 5:59 a.m., 5 to 5:59 p.m., 6 to 6:59 p.m., and 11 to 11:59 p.m.