Fundraising is a constant for most non-profits, especially smaller ones like Literacy Volunteers of SW MN that are primarily volunteer-led and rely on donations and grants. We will ask often for financial and in-kind support as we work to meet our Otto Bremer Foundation Challenge Grant match and to expand our overall donor base to meet an increased demand for literacy tutors.
I want to thank our donors who gave Give to the Max Day. They included board members, volunteer tutors, friends, and family members of our board. We raised $350, which is not a huge amount compared to earlier years, but we did have a couple of additional donations and pledges the following day that have us over $9,000 toward the $15,000 we need to raise to meet the Challenge Grant.
We did not do a big push for Give to the Max this year because we wanted to see if the changes made to the GiveMN.org website worked. Last year’s server crash cost us three donors, and we cannot afford to annoy those who are trying to support our work. Except for a few glitches on report updates, I am pleased to share the changes made by GiveMN and its new tech platform seemed to work. More than $18 million dollars was donated to Minnesota schools and non-profits, which is pretty impressive for a one-day event. We look forward to participating again next year. In the meantime, please remember all donations given through GiveMN.org between now and May 20, 2015 will count toward our Challenge Grant. We plan to meet the challenge sooner than that!