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It's Give to the Max Day – how and where to donate

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Minnesotans will open up their wallets and punch in a credit card number as part of a daylong giving campaign that in previous years has raised as much as $18.2 million for groups and charities.

The seventh annual Give to the Max Day by the organization GiveMN is Thursday. It's a daylong fundraising feeding frenzy that allows donors to shop by category or location for a cause that’s dear to them and make a contribution to the nonprofit or school.

All of it can be done online – go to and use the search function to find the organization you want to donate to. For example, type in "children" and you'll get a list of a few dozen groups. It'll look something like this:

There are also a bunch of events going on around the state. Here's a list.

Last year the campaign raised a record $18.2 million. In 2013, traffic to the site was so high it crashed for a few hours in the afternoon – but still brought in more than $17 million.

Andy Goldman-Gray, who is serving as interim executive director of GiveMN, told MPR News they're confident in the technical testing they've done for this year.

And the St. Cloud Times notes the nonprofits who participate are gathered from Internal Revenue Service records – so they've been automatically vetted and approved through that process ahead of time.

Goldman-Gray told KARE 11 every 501 (c) (3) and every public school is on the site, and you can find them just by searching.

Gov. Mark Dayton has even proclaimed Nov. 12 Give To The Max Day.

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Double your donation today during Give to the Max Day

Any donation to more than 21,000 groups before midnight tonight will automatically double, thanks to about $6 million in matching funds from Minnesota businesses, families and foundations.