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What is Give to the Max Day? And how does it help DCHS?

You’re going to hear a lot about GiveMN and Give to the Max Day in the next two weeks, so we thought we’d give you some background and history – it’s what we do, after all!

Give to the Max Day is Minnesota’s charitable giving holiday and falls this year on November 19th. Giving a gift now through November 19th on GiveMN.org makes the Douglas County Historical Society eligible for bonus grants from GiveMN that have been sponsored by other foundations. (Psst… That link to give is right here: https://www.givemn.org/story/Dchsmn2020 )

Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place. That initial spark touched off an outpouring of generosity — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become Minnesota’s annual giving holiday, raising nearly $200 million in its first 11 years. Every year, thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans.

GiveMN is an independent nonprofit organization working to ignite generosity and grow giving through GiveMN.org, Minnesota’s giving marketplace. Since 2009, more than 600,000 donors have made gifts with ease and enthusiasm through GiveMN.org to make a difference for causes in their communities. Through this online marketplace for generosity, and giving events like the annual Give to the Max Day, GiveMN has helped to generate more than $200 million for nearly 12,000 nonprofits in its first decade.

By working with GiveMN, DCHS was able to raise over $1500 last year.

But like all nonprofits, we found this year in particular to be a challenge.

Maintaining history is like maintaining a classic car or a work of art. There are niche costs to be able to do what we do, and to do it properly – archival needs, technology needs, insurance, building utilities & maintenance, etc.  – and these costs don’t disappear during a pandemic.

And unfortunately, COVID-19 caused the postponement or cancellation of many of our other programs and events, causing a loss of much-needed fundraising.

We are looking to Give to The Max Day this year to help us offset some of our missing fundraisers. If you are able, we hope you can donate to support local history at this time at our GiveMN link here: https://www.givemn.org/story/Dchsmn2020

Thank you for your time!