Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will once again be participating in Give to the Max Day, held this year on Thursday, Nov. 14. This 24-hour giving challenge is coordinated by a nonprofit called GiveMN, which focuses on connecting generous donors (from anywhere) with Minnesota-based charities or nonprofits.

One of the benefits of participating in this fundraising event is the chance to win additional prize dollars for Saint Mary’s. GiveMN has secured more than $100,000 in prize money for participating organizations to be given away in increments ranging from $500 to $10,000 as often as every 15 minutes on Give to the Max Day. Prizes are also given daily during “early giving,” the time period between Friday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, so participation can begin now; however, only gifts made through GiveMN.org during this time qualify for inclusion in all prize drawings.

Prizes are awarded by randomly selecting a donation made during certain times and awarding the prize amount to the organization that donor selected for that gift. The more donations Saint Mary’s receives, the better the chance of being able to win extra prize dollars. The 2019 prize pool is as follows:

  • $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes

GiveMN will award $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes on Give to the Max Day.

  • $6,000 Power Hours at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

GiveMN will award a total of $6,000 among the top three organizations who raise the most money between 10 to 10:59 a.m. and 10 to 10:59 p.m. First place will receive $3,000; second place will receive $2,000; and third place will receive $1,000.

  • $1,000 Hourly Golden Tickets

At the end of each hour on Give to the Max Day, GiveMN will randomly draw a donation from that hour and add $1,000 to the total.

  • $500 Early Giving Golden Tickets

Give to the Max Day Early Giving takes place from Friday, Nov. 1, to Wednesday, Nov. 13. GiveMN will randomly select one donation from each of these days to receive a $500 Early Giving Golden Ticket.

  • $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket

The $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket will be drawn at the end of Give to the Max Day from all donations made between Friday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 14.

Gifts made to Saint Mary’s on Give to the Max Day will primarily support the Saint Mary’s Fund, which is a key resource for helping students and academic programs, providing funding that can immediately support a variety of needs. Donors can also choose to support the Cardinal Excellence Fund for Athletics and the First Generation Initiative.

Find more information and the giving portal at givemn.org/organization/smumn. You can also contact Tracy Heaser in Advancement and Communication at theaser@smumn.edu or by calling 507-457-1791. 

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