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Give to the Max is Nov. 19

November 17, 2020

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Saint Mary’s University will once again be participating in Give to the Max Day, held this year on Thursday, Nov. 19. This 24-hour giving challenge is coordinated by a non-profit called GiveMN, which focuses on connecting Minnesota-based nonprofits and schools with their supporters and donors around the world.

GiveMN gives away prize grants ranging between $500 and $10,000 dollars as often as every 15 minutes on Nov. 19. Prizes are awarded not based on gift amount, but by randomly selecting a donation and adding the prize amount to the organization that donor selected for that gift. The more donations Saint Mary’s receives, the better the chance of being able to win extra prize dollars. While we know that not everyone is in the same circumstances as they were several months ago, even a $5 gift could have a major impact on Give to the Max Day.

The 2020 prize pool is as follows:

  • $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes — GiveMN will be awarding $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes on Give to the Max Day 2020.
  • $1,000 Hourly Golden Tickets — At the end of each hour on Nov. 14, GiveMN will randomly draw a donation from that hour and add $1,000 to the total!
  • $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket — The $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket will be drawn at the end of Give to the Max Day from all donations made between Nov.1-14.
  • $500 Early Giving Golden Tickets — Give to the Max Day Early Giving took place from Nov. 1-13, and one donation from each of these days will be randomly chosen to receive a $500 Early Giving Golden Ticket!
Gifts made to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on Give to the Max Day will go to primarily support the Saint Mary’s Fund. The Saint Mary’s Fund is a key resource for helping students and academic programs on campus. It is also unrestricted, and can be used immediately for a variety of needs. Donors can also opt to support the Cardinal Excellence Fund for Athletics, and the First Generation Initiative if they so choose.
More information and the giving portal is available by going to You can also contact Tracy Heaser in the development office at or by calling 507-457-1791.