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November 14 is Give to the Max Day

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 14 residents of Preston and the Spring Valley area will face off in a rematch for this year’s Give to the Max Day, a philanthropy-driven friendly competition to see who can raise the most money through, a platform website that makes it easy for individuals to donate to non-profit organizations. Also this year the communities of Rushford and Harmony will be in competition.

GiveMN was launched in November 2009 and since its inception it has helped raise more than $62 million for 6,600 non-profits and schools. GiveMN has benefits for both donors and the recipients.

For non-profits, GiveMN helps reach a broader range of potential donors, which in turn increases fundraising. The expenses accrued during fundraising is also cut significantly. For donors, donations can be made quickly and easily, and the website platform allows individuals to research non-profits before donating.

The winning community’s school wins bats from Miken Sports in Caledonia, Minn. and the runner up community’s school receives sports bags. Last year the Preston Area Community Foundation raised $11,905, taking the winning slot over the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation, which raised more than $5,420 last year.

“For any non-profit it is a good and unique to receive donations for your organization. There are many, many dollars given state-wide to a variety organizations and schools,” said Sheila Craig of Preston, Minn.

In previous years the interest earned on the Preston Area Community Foundation’s endowment fund, for example, has assisted groups who apply for assistance to complete community projects. Past assistance has included the purchase of youth-sized tennis rackets for Fillmore Central Schools, the purchase of a ball diamond scoreboard, cribs for the daycare. The Preston Historical Society has also received funding for windows for the caboose and the O’Hara School building. Other previous recipients include the National Trout Center, Boy Scout Troup 67, Fillmore Family Resources and the Commonweal Theater.

In Preston, all donations will be matched again this year by Dan Christianson of F & M Community Bank (a minimum of $10). Donations must be made online on November 14. Funds that go to the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation “enhance the quality of life for residents of Spring Valley, Wykoff, and Ostrander. Donations can be made at and by searching for a specific town or organization in the search bar.

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