Day of giving to benefit Rochester schools

November 14, 2012 by  

A parent-teacher association in Rochester hopes to raise money to fund a new playground at its children’s school tomorrow, November 15.

The Sunset Terrace PTA believes it can collect enough donations to completely replace the equipment at the Sunset Terrace Elementary School on the fourth annual Give to the Max Day tomorrow. Advance notice of huge events such as this can be done through flyer and postcard printing, with distribution channels through the school system.

Give to the Max Day in Minnesota began in 2009 as a day of fast and furious philanthropy designed to booster charitable giving to health charities, schools, and other not-for-profit organizations. The movement has caught on across the country like wildfire.

In 2011, in Minnesota alone, almost 48,000 donors visited the Give to the Max Day website and generous gave money to nearly 4,000 organizations.

Approximately $13m and change was distributed to a small army of nonprofits, including organizations that promote the arts, feed the hungry, and help the environment.

In the last three years, the amount of money raised through this 24-hour philanthropic venture has totaled $50m, benefiting 6,700 charities and organizations through the Give to the Max Day website.

This year, a special initiative has been launched just for public schools serving students from kindergarten through to Grade 12. Called ‘Schools on GiveMN’, it is through this venture that Sunset Terrace parents hope to fill the fundraising pot for their playground.

In addition to taking donations online, the PTA will accept donations at the school. Free tickets to rochester’s Bacon Fest to be held after Christmas will be given to those who donate a minimum of $25.