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Continue Paying It Forward: Give to the Max 2017

Join Us For Give to the Max Day 2017!

Isaiah Allen-Executive Director 

STLF has been participating in Give to the Max Day [GTMD] for years. It is our single biggest fundraising event of the year. This year our goal is to raise $50,000 to support young people in developing leadership skills and experiences.

GTMD was launched by the nonprofit GiveMN in 2009 with support from the Minnesota Foundation and other partners. The big idea was to created a single day in Minnesota that celebrated the incredible work of nonprofits in the state, and to help those nonprofits fulfill their mission by encouraging Minnesotans to make donations to those nonprofits on that day. Those were also the early days of online giving, so GiveMN provided online donation tools to help nonprofits navigate that technical process. GTMD has been a great fundraising opportunity for STLF. We’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars every year we’ve participated in GTMD.

STLF loves GTMD. We have a couple nights when we host volunteers at the STLF office to call our supporters and invite them to donate on GTMD. We send out emails, and rally our social media networks, and create a fantastic buzz about all the young leaders who are participating in STLF programs. It is a great celebration of the impact of STLF and the many ways that our community supports that impact.

We’ve also seen a number of changes in GTMD over the years. In the early years GiveMN provided some matching funds and other incentives to donate through their online platform. Those programs have changed, so we’ve adapted and moved our giving platform primarily to the STLF website (www.stlf.net/donate). We use PayPal for Nonprofits and that means more of your donation goes to student impact and not processing fees. You can make a one time gift or set up a monthly donation. We have our own matching fund. Through our current and past board, staff, and other generous supporters we have pledge fund that matches donations that are made during the week of GTMD. We’ve also seen the giving power of social networks grow. Our alumni and supporters are able to rally other to support STLF by sharing about their support of STLF on social media.

Here’s how you can participate in GTMD this year:

  • Join us for a calling night; come by the STLF or participate from your home and call STLF supporters and invite them to participate in GTMD. Wednesday, 11/8 or Tuesday, 11/14 anytime between 3:00 & 8:00pm. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/v99eyrleXc2PBFZ43

  • View the Live Stream. On Wednesday, 11/15 we’ll kick off the GTMD festivities with a Facebook Live Stream at 7:00pm.

  • Tell your story on Social Media. You’ve got a story about the impact of STLF in your life, tell that story, and invite your network to support students like you.

  • Donate on GTMD. Your donation matters! Your support makes a difference in the lives of young people. www.stlf.net/donate

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