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GiveMN Marches Toward $100 Million Milestone with New Technology Partner Kimbia

Staff 4/10/14

St. Paul, Minn. (April 10, 2014) – GiveMN is joining forces with Kimbia, a leading provider of fundraising technology, in a partnership that will generate new technology solutions and creative ideas to connect more donors with more causes than ever before.

The partnership kicks off this summer, when GiveMN will roll out a Kimbia-powered online giving platform. Nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the state will gain access to a reliable, flexible and simple method for soliciting and accepting charitable donations.

“I’m excited that we are teaming up with Kimbia, the right partner to help us take GiveMN to the next level,” said GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson. “The new giving platform is just the start. In the coming years, we’ll be doing even more to transform the way Minnesotans express their generosity.”

The state-of-the-art fundraising platform will power GiveMN’s online giving website year-round, and on the annual Give to the Max Day, making it easy and fun for Minnesotans to connect with their favorite causes anytime and anyplace.

“We are both focused on transforming fundraising by providing a superior donor experience,” said Dan Gillett, Kimbia's Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to supporting GiveMN as they continue to innovate for Minnesota.”  

Since its inception in 2009, GiveMN has enabled more than $95 million in donations to thousands of nonprofit organizations and schools. GiveMN expects to surpass the $100 million mark this summer.

GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day has become an annual fundraising extravaganza. Last year’s Give to the Max Day on Nov. 14 sparked a record $17 million in contributions to nearly 4,500 nonprofit organizations and schools. Despite a five-hour website outage, more than 52,000 people made donations.

With the Kimbia partnership, the transaction fee for donations made through GiveMN will remain at 4.9%. The fee, which is among the lowest available in the nonprofit sector, covers all the technology, processing and administrative costs associated with online giving.

“The partnership with Kimbia is the result of a thoughtful and rigorous process,” said Todd Hauschildt, a member of the GiveMN Board of Directors and CEO of SWAT Solutions, a Minnesota software consulting firm. “Kimbia is the best possible option to enable us to build the future of giving in Minnesota.”

To ensure that the transition to the updated giving platform goes as smoothly as possible, GiveMN will work closely with its users, nonprofit organizations, schools and Kimbia. Kimbia has extensive experience successfully moving organizations onto its technology platform – one of the key factors in GiveMN’s decision to partner with the company.

GiveMN is also working with local partner Fast Horse, an integrated marketing agency based in Minneapolis. Fast Horse is helping with the content and design of GiveMN's new site.

 

About GiveMN

By using technology in innovative ways, GiveMN links donors with organizations that are making Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables giving anytime and anyplace, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings excitement, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Launched in 2009 by Minnesota Community Foundation, GiveMN is supported by many generous foundation and corporate partners from every corner of the state. In addition, the people of Minnesota and users of the GiveMN.org website contribute individual gifts to support GiveMN.

Today, GiveMN serves nearly 8,400 nonprofit organizations and schools across every Minnesota county and more than 227,000 donors who have used GiveMN to make a difference for causes in their communities. Organizations rely on GiveMN to help shatter the old-school fundraising model and connect more givers with more causes than ever before.

About Kimbia

Kimbia’s flexible, best-of-breed, Omni-Channel Fundraising™ platform enables causes to create a deeper donor relationship by leveraging the strengths of each channel and putting their donors at the center of all development activities. Ultimately this approach results in greater brand awareness, giving and lifelong loyalty. Kimbia is proud to support more than 5,000 customers to date, including the American Heart Association, Smithsonian Institution, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Columbia University, Georgetown University, KCSM – San Mateo, WGBH – Boston, The Ragnar Relay Series, Beijing International Triathlon, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and The Boston Foundation. For more information, visit www.kimbia.com

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Razoo offers 1% rebate on Give to the Max Day transaction costs

Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist 11/27/13

In light of the technology difficulties, GiveMN requested that its technology partners at Razoo reduce the transaction costs for donations made on Give to the Max Day. Razoo (d.b.a. Razoo Global Corporation) and the Razoo Foundation have responded with a 1.0% rebate on Give to the Max Day transaction costs, which will be reflected in organizations' December 10 disbursement.

"We know we can never fully account for the donations that may have been lost, nor can we make up for the frustrations experienced by donors and organizations alike on November 14. However, we deeply appreciate the patience, generosity, and understanding with which you responded," GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson said.

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[PRESS RELEASE] Give to the Max Day 2013

Staff 11/19/13

More than 52,000 donors gave $17.1 million to nonprofit organizations and schools using GiveMN.org

St. Paul – Nov. 19, 2013 – Minnesota donors rallied to support 4,437 nonprofits and schools during the fifth annual Give to the Max Day November 14, raising more than $17.1 million and surpassing last year’s $16.3 million total. Minnesota’s outpouring of support for the state’s nonprofits and schools overwhelmed Razoo’s servers and GiveMN.org at 12:30 p.m., causing access issues for nearly five hours. Razoo is the technology partner for GiveMN.org.

However, the tenacity of Minnesota’s giving spirit was not trumped with the technical frustrations, and giving soared when the site returned to operation in the early evening. Minnesota's 24-hour online giving marathon saw more than 52,371 people donate.


“We thank all Minnesotans for their immense generosity and patience on what was a frustrating, yet truly incredible, day,” said Dana Nelson, executive director, GiveMN. “We were very disappointed by the significant time the site was down. The nonprofits and schools worked so hard to make Give to the Max Day come to life. The technical issues impacted their bottom lines.

“At the same time, we celebrate the power of Minnesotans who, even through a very challenging time, came together to support the incredible work of our state’s nonprofits and schools and broke a Give to the Max Day record in dollars raised.”


GiveMN will award the remaining Golden Ticket prize grants, representing the five hours the GiveMN.org site was not operating, in a random drawing from all donations on Give to the Max Day. Additionally, 10 “bonus” $1,000 Golden Tickets (five for nonprofit donors and five for school donors) were randomly drawn from among all donors who gave during the 24 hours and will be awarded.

Razoo is investigating the details surrounding technical issues that led to the overwhelmed servers. GiveMN has asked Razoo to lower the transaction fee percentage, and they are considering this request. Razoo will continue to investigate the details surrounding the website outage on Give to the Max Day. GiveMN, meanwhile, has begun exploring options to find a new technology partner.

Prize Grants

More than $200,000 was available in prize grants for nonprofit organizations and schools, including “golden ticket” and “power hour” grants. The top-earning organizations in their respective categories also won a $10,000 leaderboard grant, with the Greater Minnesota Leaderboard as a new addition this year. The following organizations took home these leadership prizes:

  • Main Leaderboard: Cretin-Derham Hall
  • Medium Leaderboard: Shir Tikvah Congregation
  • Small Leaderboard: Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
  • Greater Minnesota: Victory Christian Academy
  • Super-Sized Golden Tickets ($10,000 each): Feed My Starving Children and Orono Public School District’s Discovery Center Playground Project

The full list of Give to the Max Day prize winners is available here.

“Give to the Max Day brings out the best in Minnesotans,” said Sara Dziuk, executive director, College Possible Twin Cities. “Even with the set-back of the website issues, we found significant value in driving both our donor base and new donors to give to College Possible on this big day. I feel 2013 was a great success, and we celebrate the impact the 17.1 million dollars will have on Minnesota nonprofits and schools.”

Created in 2009, Give to the Max Day bolsters celebrates charitable giving statewide by engaging as many donors as possible in a single day. The event is spearheaded by GiveMN, a first-of-its-kind organization that helps Minnesotans support charities. Since its inception, GiveMN has helped nonprofits and schools in Minnesota raise nearly $100 million, thanks in large part to the success of Give to the Max Day. 

Give to the Max Day 2013 sponsors include Bush FoundationGreater Twin Cities United WayJohn S. & James L. Knight FoundationMinnesota Community FoundationThe Mosaic CompanyRazoo Global Corporation and Youthprise.

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[NEWS RELEASE] Give to the Max Day 2013

Staff 10/7/13

ST. PAUL, MINN. – SEPT. 26, 2013 – Charities and schools will again rally the state’s collective philanthropic spirit on Thursday, Nov. 14 for the fifth annual Give to the Max Day 2013 through GiveMN.org. With an emphasis on mobile giving and a new incentive structure, organizers are helping donors make their contributions go farther during the 24-hour giving marathon.

In 2012, Give to the Max Day inspired more than 53,000 generous donors from Minnesota and beyond to give $16.3 million dollars, shattering previous event records. Donations last year reached nearly 4,400 organizations across the state, including K-12 public schools – a first-time category in Give to the Max Day history. GiveMN has raised more than $75 million dollars since it began four years ago.

“Give to the Max Day has truly become a tradition for many people across the state and an invaluable resource for thousands of organizations. It’s a fun way to make a huge difference for Minnesota’s nonprofits and schools,” said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN. “It’s so easy for people to participate by donating using a mobile device or scheduling a donation prior to the event. The toughest part is figuring out what organizations to support.” 

2013 Highlights:

  • Greater Minnesota: GiveMN added a “Greater Minnesota” leaderboard category for this year’s event. Organizations at the top of each leaderboard are eligible for prize money.
  • Power Hours: There are five “power hours” scheduled throughout the day, designed to bolster giving in each category. Organizations that receive the most donations during these hours will receive an extra $1,000 donation.
  • K-12 Public Schools: Added last year, K-12 public schools are now able to benefit from the 24-hour giving marathon. GiveMN’s “school toolkit” provides parents, friends and neighbors with creative ideas to support the needs of schools and students.
  • Mobile and Scheduled Giving: GiveMN.org is mobile optimized for smartphones and tablets and makes it easy to give to your favorite nonprofit or school on any device. In addition, starting Nov. 1, people can schedule donations for Nov. 14 making them eligible for prize grants and matching dollars.
  • Campaign Central at Mall of America: To celebrate the Great Minnesota Give Together, GiveMN will host a campaign party at Mall of America. The Uptake will live-stream the mall celebration and highlight various organizations’ fundraising efforts as well as performances from local arts’ organizations.
  • Legacy of Change Video Contest: GiveMN and Youthprise are partnering to sponsor the “What is Your Legacy of Change?” video contest offering $20,000 in prize grants to nonprofits and school districts that demonstrate their legacy in a video. The contest entry period is now through Nov. 1. A panel of youth and the Youthprise staff will judge the contest and the winner will be announced on Give to the Max Day.

“Give to the Max Day is a celebration across the state, and we’re excited about the greater Minnesota leaderboard this year,” said Jana Shogren, executive director for Bridges of Hope, a faith-based community improvement organization headquartered in Brainerd, Minn. “This is a wonderful time to engage new donors in making a difference by helping them learn more about the organizations in their communities.”

Nonprofits and schools interested in learning more about Give to the Max Day can visit GiveMN.org for details. A full list of incentives is available, including leaderboard, “power hour” and “golden ticket” prizes. Nonprofits and schools can create customized profiles to showcase their work and introduce their organizations to potential donors. In addition, donors can manage their charitable contributions by recording and storing receipts.

GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. Based in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Razoo is a venture-funded social enterprise committed to transforming people’s lives through meaningful giving.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] $75 Million!

Staff 8/22/13

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. –  August 28, 2013  – GiveMN announced today that it has surpassed $75 million in donations processed through its website, GiveMN.org. Since GiveMN was launched in November 2009, the online fundraising website has processed online donations for more than 7,756 nonprofits and schools. Those donations came from more than 217,572 individuals.

Minnesota Community Foundation and its partners launched GiveMN in 2009 and have seen online giving in the state grow at an amazing rate. GiveMN.org is powered by technology partner Razoo, the leading consumer giving platform in the country. 

“Technology has changed the way people give. Online giving, in particular, has helped nonprofits and schools reach new donors and people who are just giving to charity for the very first time,” Dana Nelson, GiveMN executive director said. “GiveMN is at the center of this revolution in giving and is proud to celebrate this Minnesota milestone.”

GiveMN’s most successful online fundraising campaign has undoubtedly been Give to the Max Day, held annually in November. During the 2012 Give to the Max Day event, a record breaking 53,339 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and donated more than $16.3 million to 4,381 Minnesota nonprofit organizations and schools. This year’s Give to the Max Day is scheduled for Thursday, November 14.

To celebrate GiveMN’s fundraising milestone, the organization will be sponsoring a $75 GiveMN giving card giveaway on Facebook and Twitter. A winner will be chosen randomly from among today’s posts, comments and tweets before 4 p.m. August 28, 2013.


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GiveMN donation transaction fee to increase to 4.9 percent

Staff 6/6/13

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. – June 6, 2013 – GiveMN announced today that the transaction rate for donations made on GiveMN.org  will increase from 2.9 to 4.9 percent due to the increased cost for Razoo, GiveMN’s technology platform partner. The rate change will take effect on July 1, 2013.

“We understand that this increase will impact nonprofits and schools throughout Minnesota, and we have always strived to negotiate for the best possible transaction rates with our technology provider. We believe this new rate reflects one of the best values for an innovative, secure and reliable online giving platform,” GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson said.

The technology required for the secure fundraising platform comes with significant costs, particularly the cost of reliable and adequate server space and bandwidth for the thousands of organizations and donors who use the website every day and on high traffic days like Give to the Max Day, the world’s largest online day of giving. Credit card processing fees alone are 3% on average. On high-tech platforms comparable to Razoo, transaction fees range from 4.75 to 15 percent and many include ongoing and start-up fees.

“We’re proud to partner with Minnesota nonprofits and schools to shape and grow giving now and into the future in our state. For many nonprofits and schools, we provide much more than a ‘donate’ button for their websites. As a nonprofit, we help organizations and individuals leverage new technology and fundraise smarter,” Nelson said.

Since GiveMN’s inception in 2009, it has connected 200,000 donors with thousands of Minnesota nonprofits and schools, many for the first-time. More than $73 million has been raised through GiveMN, benefiting more than 4,600 nonprofits and schools in the state. GiveMN provides Minnesota nonprofits and schools year-round fundraising support, as well Give to the Max Day.

Razoo has created a resource for evaluating online fundraising platforms. Check out "Ten things to look for in a fundraising platform."

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Meet your new GiveMN team members

Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist 12/14/12

We are thrilled to introduce Alsa Bruno and Nina Gazel, GiveMN’s new VISTA Americorps members.  Thanks to their year of service, GiveMN is able nearly DOUBLE our team and capacity to serve nonprofits, schools and donors in an incredibly efficient way.  Without further ado… our new staff members!

Alsa (pronounced a little like “I’ll say!”) will be the Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for Schools, working with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and GiveMN to help us connect with and empower public schools to maximize the impact of GiveMN for their fundraising. Alsa is a 2012 graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in both Theatre and Cinema & Media Studies.

Nina will be the Outreach & Partnership Coordinator for Nonprofits, working with nonprofits across the state to help them grow their online fundraising capacity and connecting new organizations to the tools that GiveMN has to offer. Nina is also a 2012 graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in Political Science – International Relations.

We came up with an unconventional Q&A for our new folks. We hope this will give all of us some special insight into their souls. Yeah, sounds deep and serious, but it’s really not.

And, since we failed to officially welcome our newest full-time staff member Dan Moore, Development & Partnerships Manager, to the team in September, we’re asking him to share a little of his personality with us by answering these questions too.

 

Nina

Q: When you hear the word “give,” what do you think of? How about “inaniloquent?”

A: When I hear “give,” I think of giving a part of myself, whether that be time, energy, or money.  “Inaniloquent” makes me think of the seen in finding Nemo where he cannot pronounce “anemone.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about Minnesota?

A: The accent. I cannot help but smile when someone says “you betcha!” Other favorite Minnesota pronunciations include: swag, dragon, and awesome.

Q: Favorite movie quote?

A: Anything from Robin Hood Men in Tights.

Q: If you were stranded on a dessert island (yes, dessert) and could only bring one item with you, what would it be and why?

A: My Jeopardy iPhone app.

Q: Okay, so you get rescued from the dessert island after 6 months and you’re sick of sweets. What is the first thing you want to do when you get back to civilization and why?

A: Sit on my couch with my roommate while watching horrible reality television and eating cheese.

Q: How many more of these seemingly irrelevant and strange questions are you willing to answer?

A: My tolerance for strange and irrelevant questions is extremely high (I share an office with Alsa!)

Q: Why is working at GiveMN the best job in the world? (Yes, this is a known fact, we just want to see if you can articulate it.)

A: The staff is incredibly supportive and friendly but also loves getting down to business. The GiveMN swag is also a plus!

 

Alsa

Q: When you hear the word “give,” what do you think of? How about “inaniloquent?”

A: When I hear the word “give”, I think of heart… no, possibility! “Give”, to me, represents the central concept of service, the idea that something will willingly be passed from one to another, ideally for the other’s benefit, the literal root of the word “gift”.  It is (again, ideally) a selfless act designed to display a form of care and effect a positive change in the life of the receiver. And it can be done in so many different ways! A billionaire can give money to a scholarship foundation, giving the foundation the support it needs to give a student a shot at a stronger education. A homeless man can give a compliment to a stranger on a train, giving the stranger the opportunity to learn about themselves and meet someone new. A soccer player can give her all on the field to give her fans the gift of seeing how amazing she is at their favorite sport (not to mention the gift of having something to sing about at the bars later).  “Give” makes me think of the opportunity to be made happy and I love it.

“Inaniloquent” makes me think of a wild tongue… like, the sound your tongue would make if it tried to run out of your mouth. I can only hope it’s onomatopoetic.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Minnesota?

A: The people I’ve met in it.  The Minnesotans I’ve met have been, for the most part, willing to accept when something doesn’t make sense and work to make it better, even when it comes to “breaking tradition” in order to make life better for other people.

Q: Favorite movie quote?

A: “When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces.” -Hushpuppy of Beasts of the Southern Wild

Q: If you were stranded on a dessert island (yes, dessert) and could only bring one item with you, what would it be and why?

A: A functional Iron Man suit.  Dessert is great, but if I was stranded on an island covered in it, it would count as a main course and would no longer be dessert.  So I’d Tony Stark it out of there.  But before I left, I’d use my Iron Man powers and eat a bucket of ice cream, pecan pralines, and peach cobbler before high-tailing it.

Q: Okay, so you get rescued from the dessert island after 6 months and you’re sick of sweets. What is the first thing you want to do when you get back to civilization and why?

A: Watch a current movie.  To quote James Baldwin, "The country's image of the Negro which hasn't very much to do with the Negro, has never failed to reflect with a kind of terrifying accuracy the state of mind of the country." I feel this is true of how a society displays its disposition toward many topics, from homosexuality to the achievement gap to what is socially acceptable to wear in public.  A lot can change in 6 months.  Maybe I’d be better off staying on my dessert island.

Q: How many more of these seemingly irrelevant and strange questions are you willing to answer?

A: Not a single one more.

Q: Why is working at GiveMN the best job in the world? (Yes, this is a known fact, we just want to see if you can articulate it.)

A: The staff is willing to listen to new ideas and constantly work for what will best serve the community. Honestly, that is so huge. There is an earnest desire and capability to do what is best for the people we serve.  Of course this means the work is sometimes very strenuous, but it is driven by passion and that is my #1 reason for going to work every day.

 

Dan

Q: When you hear the word “give,” what do you think of? How about “inaniloquent?”

A: I think of the gifts my family has made to the community for generations. Not cash gifts necessary, but giving of their passion, energy, time, and safety. Inaniloquent? Loquacious.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Minnesota?

A: Honestly? The lack of reptiles. Fear of snakes is about all I have in common with Indiana Jones. Aside from that, I love “Minnesota Nice” for the way neighbors shovel each other’s sidewalks and show up late to work because they were helping a neighbor drive out of a drift. There’s no neighbor like a Minnesotan!

Q: Favorite movie quote?

A: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it!” – Jake and Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers

Q: If you were stranded on a dessert island (yes, dessert) and could only bring one item with you, what would it be and why?

A: Ooo… a dessert island? I’d bring a spoon. You can eat cakes and brownies with a spoon, but ice cream and pudding with a fork would be difficult.

Q: Okay, so you get rescued from the dessert island after 6 months and you’re sick of sweets. What is the first thing you want to do when you get back to civilization and why?

A: Grill a steak. I’ll need some yummy protein after all that dessert.

Q: How many more of these seemingly irrelevant and strange questions are you willing to answer?

A: As many as you can think of, as long as you don’t ask me to name a food that can’t be improved with the addition of either bacon or chocolate. Assuming you like bacon and you like chocolate, which I do, there is no food on Earth that can’t be improved by adding one of those things.

Q: Why is working at GiveMN the best job in the world? (Yes, this is a known fact, we just want to see if you can articulate it.)

A: Where else can you work on behalf of thousands of organizations and donors every day to contribute to their success and improving our community?

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Give the gift of giving this holiday season

Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist 12/11/12

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. – December 1, 2012 – The gift of charitable giving is just a click away this holiday season. GiveMN is proud to announce that GiveMN Giving Cards are now available in three new designs at GiveMN.org. GiveMN Giving Cards work just like traditional gift cards, but instead of redeeming the card for merchandise or services, a giving card is used to make a donation to the cardholder’s charity or school of choice.

GiveMN Giving Cards are tax deductable for the purchaser and can be purchased in $10, $25, $50, $100 or $250 denominations. The cards are redeemable at GiveMN.org where the cardholder can choose from among GiveMN’s catalog of thousands of Minnesota nonprofits or schools, or over one million U.S. nonprofits.

“GiveMN Giving Cards make a fantastic gift for virtually anyone on your list and are extremely easy to gift,” GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson said. “They are appropriate for this season of giving in that they allow the purchaser and the recipient to feel connected to the good work of nonprofits and schools in their community.”

GiveMN Giving Cards are also a great last minute gift that can be sent via email and delivered instantly or scheduled for delivery for a later date and time. They can also be printed out for easy inclusion in a greeting card.

Branded bulk order giving cards available

GiveMN Giving Cards are available in bulk order as printed cards and can be customized with a company logo. Printed GiveMN Giving Cards are a great way to recognize employees for performance, employment anniversaries, birthdays or other occasions, or to share with clients or vendors. They also make great giveaway or raffle gifts and communicate an organization’s commitment to the community. The minimum order is 250 cards and the minimum card denomination is $10. Contact info@givemn.org to inquire about an order.

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Minnesotans Smash State and National Giving Records on 4th Annual Give to the Max Day

Staff 11/18/12

MINNEAPOLIS – Nov. 16, 2012 – Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual 24-hour philanthropic marathon, raised $16,391,905 for 4,381 local nonprofits and schools, breaking the previous state and national records for charitable giving. (Download the full results report). More than 53,000 people logged on to www.GiveMN.org to donate to their favorite nonprofits and schools, hoping that matching grants and prize money could further their charitable contributions. During last year’s Give to the Max Day, 47,534 donors raised $13.4 million for 3,978 nonprofit organizations. 

Among these incentives were Leaderboard Grants including the top prizes of $12,500, $5,000 and $2,500 which were given to the nonprofit organizations and colleges that received the most dollars during Give to the Max Day in their respective categories. This year, the following organizations took home the top leadership prizes:

  • Main Leaderboard: Cretin-Derham Hall
  • Medium Leaderboard: Shir Tikvah Congregation
  • In addition, donations from one nonprofit donor and one school donor were randomly selected each hour and given the “Golden Ticket,” (see the list) which tacked on an additional $1,000 to their original contributions. Two supersized “Golden Tickets” worth $10,000 were awarded after the event, significantly boosting two lucky individuals’ gifts, benefiting Cannon River STEM School and Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
  • Small Leaderboard: White Dove Foundation
  • Colleges/Universities: St. Olaf College

“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 the day.”

Give to the Max Day was created three years ago to increase charitable donations statewide by engaging as many donors as possible in a single day. This pioneering idea was made possible by GiveMN, a charitable giving website to help Minnesotans support their causes. This year, GiveMN improved convenience by adding mobile giving on smartphones and tablets, as well as scheduled donations, which allowed people to plan their Give to the Max Day donations in advance.

GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. Based in Washington, D.C., Razoo is a venture funded social enterprise committed to transforming people’s lives through meaningful giving. Its secure online platform facilitates crowdsourced 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. 

Special thanks to the Give to the Max Day sponsors, which include John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, The Mosaic Company and Youthprise

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U.S. Bank Makes It Easier for Minnesotans to “Give to the Max”

Staff 11/13/12

Bank’s Partnership with GiveMN’s Online Donation Vendor Puts $183,000 More Dollars in the Hands of NonProfits

As Minnesota nonprofits and schools gear up for GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day on November 15, would-be donors should know that more of their dollars will go to the nonprofit and school of their choice, thanks to a partnership with Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank.

In October 2010, U.S. Bank partnered with Razoo – the company that powers GiveMN’s robust online donation platform – to process all donations made through Razoo at a discount. The bank also waived select card processing fees.

The discounts allow more donation dollars to make their way to nonprofits and schools. In fact, since the start of U.S. Bank’s relationship with Razoo, nearly $183,000 has been saved -- money that has gone to the nonprofits Razoo supports, including GiveMN.

The cost savings is particularly important to GiveMN, which was created to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. Through its engaging web platform launched in November 2009, GiveMN helps nonprofit organizations and schools of all sizes reach new donors, increases giving through fun and engaging campaigns and significantly reduces overall fundraising costs.

“The impact of U.S. Bank’s partnership with Razoo is much greater than the cost savings,” saidDana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN. “GiveMN was launched to take online giving to scale in Minnesota. To do that, we needed to offer the lowest, most competitive processing fee. U.S. Bank’s partnership with Razoo has enabled us to do just that. Better still, we’re able to do that because of a partnership with a well-respected, Minnesota-based bank.”

Give to the Max Day is a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits and schools in 24 hours – starting at midnight on November 15 through midnight on November 16.

To further support GiveMN, U.S. Bank will use its various social media channels to promote Give to the Max Day on November 15.

“Minnesota is already known for its incredible generosity, and Give to the Max Day is a great chance to showcase that,” said Elliot Jaffee, U.S. Bank’s Twin Cities market president. “As a proud Minnesota-based company, we hope to help make this year’s campaign another success.”

About U.S. Bank
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $352 billion in assets as of September 30, 2012, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,086 banking offices in 25 states and 5,080 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorpand its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company byUnited Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.

Source: U.S. Bank

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School fundraising comes to GiveMN

Staff 9/20/12

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Sept. 19, 2012 – For the first time, K-12 public schools can accept online donations through GiveMN.org. GiveMN is a nonprofit website designed to make donating money online as safe, easy and quick as possible.

Since 2009, GiveMN has been transforming philanthropy in Minnesota and has raised $50 million for more than 6,100 nonprofits.

“We are very excited to offer this opportunity to public schools in Minnesota,” said Dana Nelson, executive director. “We understand the budget crunches that schools face and think GiveMN is an innovative way for communities to come together to support their schools.” 

By setting up a fundraising page on GiveMN, schools will have the opportunity to reach donors throughout the world. Grandparents and relatives can easily support the students in their lives. It also allows alumni to give back to schools.

“GiveMN can help your efforts to provide more resources for students in the classroom,” Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “I would encourage schools to learn more about this great opportunity.”

Schools will also have the opportunity to participate in Give to the Max Day on Nov.15, 2012. Give to the Max Day is a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits and schools in 24 hours – starting at midnight on Nov. 15 through midnight on Nov. 16. During the event, K-12 public schools will be eligible for prize grants in the form of “Golden Tickets” – an hourly drawing to add $1,000 to a person’s donation, randomly selected from donors who give

to a K-12 public school each hour during the 24-hour event. At the end of the event, one K-12 public school’s donor will be drawn to receive a Super-sized Golden Ticket, adding $10,000 to that donation! To learn more or register your school, visit www.givemn.org/schools

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[VIDEO CONTEST] We have a winner!

Jeff Achen 7/5/12

Video Contest Winner: Sarah Jacobs

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. – July 5, 2012 –  GiveMN, a Minnesota nonprofit that enables individuals to donate to thousands of nonprofits online at http://www.givemn.org/, is proud to announce the winner of the “Unsung” video contest—Sarah Jacobs. Sarah wins a $1,000 giving card from GiveMN, which she plans to donate to Madelia Community Hospital Foundation through GiveMN.org. Sarah also wins $500 cash from Shanachie Entertainment as well as a “grab bag” of artist merchandise from Mint Condition and Shanachie Entertainment. The contest entrant with the most YouTube video views and winner of the “People’s Choice” award is Dayna Matthews. Dayna wins a guitar signed by Mint Condition. The guitar was provided courtesy of Guitar Center.

GiveMN partnered with Minnesota R&B band Mint Condition and their record label Shanachie Entertainment to sponsor the “Unsung” video contest. Individuals were invited to create a video to honor their own unsung hero—be it a mother, father, friend or mentor—using Mint Condition’s song “Unsung” which was written by Mint Condition Keyboardist Lawrence Waddell in honor of his own unsung hero—his mother.

GiveMN, Shanachie Entertainment and the manager and band members of Mint Condition wish to thank all of the contest entrants for taking the time to share such amazing videos of their heroes.

“We are extremely touched that all of the video submissions encapsulated the emotions we tried to convey with the song,” said Waddell. “We learned about parents, children, spouses, mentors and soldiers who have lived distinguished lives and left incredible legacies—all of whom were unsung. Thank you to each and every person who entered the contest for sharing these very personal and heartfelt tributes.”

GiveMN Giving Cards

Buying and redeeming a GiveMN giving card is easy. The purchaser picks the donation amount, and the recipient chooses their favorite cause to which the amount is gifted. The purchaser can specify the date the card will be emailed, or they can print it out. The card is redeemable online, includes GiveMN’s low 2.9% transaction fee, and is good for one year from the date of purchase. The purchaser of the giving card may write off the amount as a donation (the recipient cannot). GiveMN email giving cards are available for individual purchase online at https://givemn.razoo.com/gift_cards/orders/newhttps://givemn.razoo.com/gift_cards/orders/new. Physical giving cards can be ordered in bulk by contacting GiveMN at info@givemn.org.

Bulk GiveMN giving cards are perfect for:

  • Employee appreciation. Recognize employees for strong work performance, employment anniversaries, birthdays or other occasions
  • Giveaways. Give a GiveMN card to communicate your organization’s commitment to community
  • Provide leverage for employee giving. Reward employees’ giving by matching your employees’ contributions with a gift in their name to the charity of their choice


Check out more of our fantastic contest entries, these are amazing tributes to "Unsung" heroes:

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Help the North Shore recover at GiveMN.org

Staff 6/22/12

DULUTH, MINN. – June 22, 2012 – In partnership with GiveMN, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Lake Superior Zoological Society announced today that they are seeking donations to help Duluth and the surrounding area recover from devastating flooding that occurred on June 20, 2012.

“Hundreds of Minnesotans have been affected by this disaster,” said Red Cross, Northland Chapter Executive Director Judy Hanne Gonzalez. “We are helping more than 175 people who are staying in shelters across the region and we rely on the generosity of people throughout the state to do this work.”

The Red Cross is operating two shelters and supporting several more in the region. This weekend, the Red Cross will provide mobile feeding, damage assessment and mental health assistance as needed.

The Lake Superior Zoo experienced devastation early Wednesday morning, when more that 10 inches of rain caused severe flooding throughout the Northern Minnesota. Along with the loss of at least 11 animals from the zoo’s barnyard petting zoo, many of the zoo’s animal exhibits, bridges and buildings have been damaged. The zoo grounds are littered with debris. Structural damage is likely, however it will take time to assess the degree of damage that has occurred. Support is needed now and your donation will make a difference. 

Donors can simply visit http://givemn.razoo.com/team/2012-Duluth-Flood-Recovery-Fundraising to make a donation to the Lake Superior Zoological Society or the American Red Cross Minnesota Chapter. GiveMN provides donors with a free account to track, organize, and retrieve donation information and tax receipts at any time.

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Time to celebrate - more than $50 million given through GiveMN.org

Jeff Achen 5/2/12

Minnesota’s fundraising website has helped thousands of nonprofits move more of their donations online

MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MINN. – May 2, 2012 – GiveMN announced today that it has surpassed $50 million in donations processed through its website, GiveMN.org. Since GiveMN was launched in November 2009, the online fundraising website has processed online donations for more than 6,200 nonprofit organizations. Those donations came from more than 154,000 individuals.

Minnesota Community Foundation and its partners launched GiveMN in 2009 and have seen online giving in the state grow at an amazing rate. GiveMN’s $50 million donation milestone places it in the same space as the national online fundraising platform Causes, which launched in 2007 and raised more than $40 million. GiveMN.org has been made possible by technology partners Razoo, the leading consumer giving platform in the country.

“We are thrilled to hit this major milestone of $50 million in such a short time. It is a reflection of Minnesotans’ generosity and we’re proud that Minnesota is a philanthropic leader in the digital age.” GiveMN Executive Director Dana Nelson said.

GiveMN’s most successful online fundraising campaign has undoubtedly been Give to the Max Day, held annually in November. During the 2011 Give to the Max Day event, a record breaking 47,534 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and donated more than $13.4 million to 3,978 Minnesota nonprofit organizations. The 2012 Give to the Max Day event is scheduled for November 15, 2012.

To celebrate GiveMN’s fundraising milestone, the organization will be sponsoring a $50 GiveMN giving card giveaway on Facebook and Twitter. A winner will be chosen randomly from among today’s posts, comments and tweets before 4 p.m. May 2, 2012.

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More than $13.4 Million Raised for Minnesota Nonprofits During Third Annual Give to the Max Day

Staff 11/18/11

MINNEAPOLIS – Nov. 18, 2011 – During the third annual Give to the Max Day on Nov. 16, more than $13.4 million was raised to benefit Minnesota nonprofit organizations. And, a record 47,534 donors logged on to GiveMN.org to donate to their favorite Minnesota charity. That tops last year’s donor record by nearly 5,000. In a 24-hour period, nearly 4,000 Minnesota nonprofit organizations benefited through donations, matching grants and prizes. GiveMN has helped raise $46 million for nonprofit organizations across the state since launching in November 2009.  

This year, GiveMN changed its leader board structure to allow for additional prize grants. The 10 nonprofits that received the most dollars, the top 10 small nonprofits that received the most dollars and the top three Minnesota colleges or universities that received the most dollars on Give to the Max Day were each awarded $5,000-$15,000 in prize grants. Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, Cretin-Derham Hall and Second Harvest Heartland claimed the top three spots on the main leader board. Jabbok Family Services, North American Bear Center and Clifton House dba Beacon Haven led the small nonprofit leader board. The top three institutions on the higher education leader board were St. Olaf College, Concordia College Corporation and College of St. Benedict.

In addition, GiveMN awarded 24 “Golden Tickets” – $1,000 prize grants given randomly every hour to a donor’s nonprofit to participating organizations in the Twin Cities and in Greater Minnesota. At 11:59 p.m., Jim Colten was selected at random to receive the 25th “Supersized Golden Ticket,” worth $10,000. Jim’s charity of choice was The Raptor Center.

“Each year, Give to the Max Day wants to raise millions of dollars for thousands of Minnesota nonprofits in one day. Raising $13.4 million in 24 hours was an astounding accomplishment,” said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN. “For the third year in a row the people of Minnesota have come together to support the nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to improve our communities. On behalf of those nonprofits, we say thanks, Minnesota! Your generosity is unsurpassed.”

Give to the Max Day was created to increase giving to nonprofit organizations across the state by engaging as many donors as possible for nonprofits in one day. All donations on Give to the Max Day were made through GiveMN.org, a first-of-its-kind giving website that helps Minnesotans discover, support and engage with nonprofit organizations. This year, GiveMN made donating even easier by hosting an all-day give-a-thon at Mall of America, which included “Giving Stations” complete with laptops so donors could give on the go.

GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical strategic partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. Razoo’s secure and easy-to-use fundraising platform offered nonprofits and donors options to discover matching grants on Give to the Max Day, when more than $6.2 million in matching grants were awarded.

“For the third year in a row, Give to the Max Day proved to be a huge success and continues to be the national leader in online giving,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo. “Razoo is using Minnesota’s success as a platform when working with other states to emulate Give to the Max Day and raise funds for organizations in other communities.”

At GiveMN, Minnesota nonprofits 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.

Special thanks to the Give to the Max Day sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, HealthPartners, Minnesota Community Foundation and the Mosaic Company.

 

About GiveMN

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 supporting organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Many partners shaped GiveMN to build upon Minnesota’s strong tradition of philanthropy, including: ADC, Blandin Foundation, The Otto Bremer Foundation, the Bush Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, General Mills, Inc., 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, West Central Initiative Foundation and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. For more information, visit www.GiveMN.org.

About Razoo

Founded in 2006 and based in Washington, D.C., Razoo is an innovative platform that powers fundraising campaigns. Razoo provides easy-to-use, fun and social fundraising tools for campaigns, ranging from large-scale community giving events, to walk-a-thons and nonprofit pledge drives, to personal pages for friend-to-friend giving. To date, more than $34 million has been donated to thousands of nonprofits through Razoo. With over 150,000 members to date, Razoo is rapidly growing its donor community and inspiring a movement of givers. More information is available online at www.Razoo.com.

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