Northfield Gives! You can leverage GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day this Thursday, Nov. 15

Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives
A couple weeks ago I visited one of the planning meetings at LBSA by Northfield area non-profit leaders who were working on how to best position their organizations for this week’s Give to the Max Day by GiveMN. Some of the participants:

Betsy Spethmann, Northfield Area United Way Candy Taylor, 5th Bridge Jane Fenton, Laura Baker Services Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society Beth Kallestad, Cannon River Watershed Partnership Sandy Vesledahl, Prairie's Edge Humane Society

It was cool to see the level of collaboration for what they’re calling Northfield Gives. Key word: leverage!

From the 5th Bridge Northfield Gives page:

On November 15th, 2012, your on-line donation of $10 or more to your favorite participating charity or school, could win that organization one of 5 local “golden ticket” grants of up to $1000, one of 24 statewide $1000 “golden ticket” grants, one statewide “Super Golden Ticket” worth $10,000 and could possibly put that organization on the Give MN Leader board earning them additional grants up to $15,000.

Northfield 2012 Give to the Max dayIn addition, many organizations have challenge grants which could further amplify your gift. So you could say that Give to the Max Day is your chance to Give for the Max, because your gift could become so much more.

To encourage donors in the Northfield area, local sponsors are offering 5 “golden ticket” grants of up to $1000, to participating local organizations (listed below). Drawings will be held at noon and 8pm on November 15th (winning donations will be posted on the 5th Bridge website, 5th Bridge Facebook page and announced on available local media sources). So give generously and give often to increase the chances of your organization winning. “Friend” 5th Bridge on Facebook for exciting updates throughout the day and for ongoing notices of volunteer opportunities.

The participating organizations:

Of course, there are many other area non-profit organizations, projects, fundraisers and teams participating in GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day. Just go to their website and search for ‘Northfield’ or ‘55057’ and you’ll see them.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    A few more organizations have been added to the list since I blogged this:

    Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library
    Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
    Northfield Montessori
    Northfield Nursery School
    Old Prairieville Cemetery

    See the links above!

    November 14, 2012
  2. Sandi Gerdes said:

    Laura Baker Services Association is also participating and has been an active part of the collaboration effort.

    November 14, 2012
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Sandi, I see that earlier today the Northfield Arts Guild and WINGS (Women In Northfield Giving Support) were added to the list.

    But not Laura Baker Services Association… which is where the meeting I attended was held! Any idea why your not listed yet on the Northfield Gives page?

    In the meantime, I think I’ll take a huge risk and trust you. 😉 LBSA is now on the list in the blog post above.

    November 14, 2012
  4. Prairie’s Edge Humane Society is very excited to report that we were drawn as one of 55 non-profits out of 1000’s across Minnesota to be interviewed today at the Mall of America for Give to the Max Day which will be livestreamed and covered by various news media. Our director Kathy Jasnoch and Board Member Jenny Kelly will be interviewed at 3:35. You can watch it livestreamed on! We are also hosting our annual “Spay-ghetti” Dinner from 5-7 pm today at the Northfield Eagles club, tickets are $7, there will be laptops available for your secure on line donation as well!

    November 15, 2012

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