Heavy traffic early Thursday afternoon caused the Give To The Max site to crash around 1 p.m. The Star Tribune reports that the site is back up and running, but had remained down until around 6:30 p.m.
Before the crash, nearly 30,000 donors had donated around $9 million Thursday.
Organizers say they were continuing to have some intermittent problems, and they urged donors to continue to be patient.
Donors aren't just donating money to the charities of their choice, but they also are giving those schools and charities a chance to receive even more money. The Pioneer Press reports that each hour, two donors are randomly chosen to have $1,000 added to their donation. At the end of the day, two donations will also be randomly chosen to receive $10,000.
Additionally there are several "power hours" that will award $1,000 to five nonprofits and schools that raise the most during that specific hour.
As of around 8 p.m. tonight donors have brought in more than $11.6 million.
Last year the event raised $16 million for 4,400 different charities and schools and had more than 50,000 donors participate, it is now in its fifth year.
The Covenant Academy of the Visitation leads in donations through 8 p.m. Thursday night. The organization has raised over $325,000. Cretin-Derham Hall is next at $269,000 and Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners is third with nearly $267,000 and .
The North American Bear Center leads in greater Minnesota. It has raised more than $44,000 as of 8 p.m.
The event runs until midnight at the Give MN website.