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GIVE MINNESOTA PROGRAM

Last fall, we received information about and registered the ROCORI School District through the GiveMN fundraising program.  As we are drawing the school year to a close, I thought I would share some additional information about the program and the tools available to the district.

 

GIVEMN – A SCHOOL FUNDRAISING TOOL

GiveMN is a Minnesota nonprofit that specializes in grassroots fundraising.  The organization is dedicated to helping schools and other nonprofit organizations connect with donors online.  The donation opportunity comes from the Bush Foundation and GiveMN.org.  The program is called Schools on GiveMN.

Minnesota schools have a fantastic new ally with Schools on GiveMN. This new feature on GiveMN.org allows schools to connect with donors and accept contributions quickly, easily, and safely. And students don't need to sell anything! GiveMN is a Minnesota nonprofit website dedicated to helping schools and nonprofit organizations connect with donors year-round.

In its history, GiveMN has helped over 7500 organizations raise more than $70M using their free online fundraising tools. There is no expectation or pressure to collaborate with GiveMN.  This is just one tool you may choose to utilize to support your fundraising efforts.

 

BASIC INFORMATION

The following information was shared by leaders at GiveMN.  Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced earlier this school year that this program was available to Minnesota Schools.  After the announcement by Commissioner Cassellius, we have registered the ROCORI District.

The letter from the organization was states:

 

 “GiveMNians,

We are thrilled to announce a brand new initiative -- Schools on GiveMN!

That's right, we've added K-12 public school fundraising capabilities to  GiveMN! K-12 public schools can now register to create their fundraising page and join the more than 6,200 Minnesota nonprofits already connecting with donors on GiveMN.org. 

Minnesota schools have a fantastic new ally with Schools on GiveMN. This new feature on GiveMN.org allows schools to connect with donors and accept contributions quickly, easily, and safely. And students don't need to sell anything!

Thank you for supporting GiveMN so that we can continue this kind of innovation to inspire giving and move more giving online!”

 

PROCESS

The GiveMN nonprofit website is designed to make donating money online as safe, easy and quick as possible.  Their goal is to allow schools to have a secure fundraising capability.

This initiative provides public schools with a free fundraising page on GiveMN.org.  The process allows schools to accept donations through their giving website. GiveMN is a great example of the richness of Minnesota’s philanthropic commitment and a great opportunity to enhance local fundraising efforts schools may be doing in their own communities.

Last fall, over 250 schools in Minnesota raised $600,000. During our inaugural Schools on GiveMN push, GiveMN coordinated a world record breaking Give to the Max Day by raising $16.4 million in a single day! We are thrilled to see just how much we can help you raise for your school in the coming year.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although we shared a little bit of information about GiveMN last fall and emphasized the Give to the Max Day in November, the opportunity is open at any time throughout the year.  We will post information about the process on the ROCORI District website as a reminder that the program is available at any time!