We know how generous Minnesotans—and especially southwest Minnesotans—are. But this week, our collective generosity has done something very special for our state.
Wednesday marked GiveMN.org’s third annual Give to the Max Day. If you haven’t heard the numbers from this 24-hour giving drive, be prepared to be amazed. If you have, they’re worth hearing again!
- $13,418,376 given
- 47,534 donors
- 3,978 nonprofits
SWIF’s family of funds also received more than $9,200 and some special prizes. Thank you to all who gave—I can’t stress enough what this means for our communities. The transfer of wealth that’s taking place right now means every day presents an important opportunity to retain local dollars that will support charities of all kinds in the region. Retaining these dollars impacts everything from meeting basic local needs to offering unique experiences that enhance our quality of life.
Plus, Nov. 16 highlighted giving in a very fun way, introducing more people—of all ages and demographics—to the importance of giving back. Anyone can be a philanthropist!
It’s fitting that we celebrate this generosity as National Community Foundation week comes to an end. I’m so honored and humbled to represent a regional community foundation that cares so deeply for each and every person, organization, business and community in southwest Minnesota. My role serving on the national Council on Foundations board has made me see even more clearly that Minnesota is leading the charge of making philanthropy count, and our rural area is a BIG part of this success.
Thank you to all who gave this week and all who continue to give back in so many ways!