Give to the Max day: preliminary numbers

As I write this, the GiveMN ticker has reset itself to 24 hours and started counting down once again. Give to the Max Day is officially over, and while the numbers are likely to setttle out a little in the coming hours, here's what the current totals are on the website:

Money raised for MN non-profits: $7,998,434

Number of donors who contributed: 42,624

In addition to the near $8 million raised in contributions over the past 24 hours, an additional $1.8 million was tapped in matching grants.

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That brings the total dollar amount raised to more than $9.8 million.

The top earners were Second Harvest Heartland, St. Olaf College, Concordia College and the Animal Humane Society

Approximately $2.2 million in matching grants was not taken advantage of; for example the program Sample Night Live had a matching grant of $10,000 set up, but only $460 of it was put to use.

Given the state of the economy, to have raised just under $10 million for Minnesota non-profits in one day is quite an accomplishment. While it falls about $4.5 million short of last year's performance, it is still an outstanding show of generosity and philanthropy.

A quick reminder of how the numbers played out last year:

Dollar amount raised in contributions: $14 million

Number of donors: 38,000

Amount of matching grant (provided by GiveMN):$500,000