Minnesota nonprofits racked up more than $15 million during Give to the Max Day Thursday — a record for the state and the nation.
Likewise a record, The Star Tribune reports 50,000 Minnesotans logged on to their computers and made donations to their favorite churches and charities during the 24-hour giving blitz — at times hobbling the system with their Web traffic.
Among the biggest winners were Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, a suburban anti-poverty group that was bombarded with more than $345,000 in 24 hours, and Cretin-Derham Hall of St. Paul, which saw more than $287,000 pour in.
Meanwhile public schools, for the first time, were eligible to tap the fundraising power of the day, and principals from more than a dozen schools endured marathon roller-coaster rides at the Mall of America to challenge donors.
The exact volume of donations won’t be available until sometime today (Friday), but organizers of the 24-hour giving blitz were thrilled with Minnesotans’ generosity. Last year, the event raised nearly $14 million.
The online giving spree was launched four years ago by several Minnesota foundations.