Who gets your donation? Some Give To The Max opportunities


Today's the day!

It's the fifth annual Give To The Max day, when thousands of Minnesota schools and non-profit organizations raise money through online donations at the GiveMn website. Incentives like matching grants and $200,000 in prizes will maximize some donations.

The Pioneer Press reports the 24 hour give-a-thon started at 12:01 a.m. Last year, 53,000 people gave $16.3 million during the 24-hour blitz.

Thinking about donating, but not sure where to put your bucks? We took a quick (and random) tour of the GiveMn website to look over some of the organizations, large and small, that have put out the tin cup today. Here's a sampling of a few of the varied and interesting groups doing good work in our community and seeking financial support today, complete with links to their donation page.

Wills for Heroes, a project of the Minnesota State Bar Association, which is raising money for its campaign to provide free basic estate planning for first responders. The program has completed more than 7,000 estate plans for first responders and their partners and spouses.

Books for Africa, a nonprofit that has already sent 29,000 books to Africa in an effort to improve literacy there. The organization has set a goal of raising $10,000 on GiveToTheMax Day to ship two containers holding 44,000 books to the country of Sierra Leone.

Second Hand Hounds, a non-profit animal rescue group that provides veterinary care and foster homes for homeless cats and dogs while seeking permanent homes for them. It also runs a feral cat management program to sterilize and provide permanent living situations for feral and semi-feral cats and kittens.

Blindness Training for Independence and Employment, which seeks to help the visually impaired "...get the training they need to become independent and succeed in school, college, and employment." The fundraising page says the organization "...works with blind kids, blind teenagers and college students, blind adults looking for their first job or wanting to return to employment, blind immigrants and refugees who lack English skills, blind veterans and wounded warriors, and blind seniors."

The STAR swim program in St. Paul, which provides free or reduced price swimming lessons to a diverse population in St. Paul. The program seeks to address a higher drowning rate among children of color.

So many worthy causes!

Next Up

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

court gavel

Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.