Minnesota nonprofits revved up for Give to the Max Day

  • Article by: Jean Hopfensperger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Minnesota charities and schools are pulling out all the stops for the fifth annual online donation frenzy today.

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countrygentNov. 13, 13 8:27 PM

I used this website last week. A terrible experience. Also, read the fine print "It is Razoo Foundation’s normal practice to regrant 95.1% of its contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 4.9% for Razoo Foundation’s expenses (including credit card transaction costs)" Someone is lining their pockets as you give. What a ripoff.

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dflleftNov. 13, 13 8:37 PM

PERHAPS DAYTON could make a donation.

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supervon2Nov. 13, 13 8:47 PM

Dayton changed the donation rules so the first 1000 does not count against taxes. So, I'm out of the giving world.

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Oglethorpe2Nov. 13, 13 9:03 PM

Mark Dayton- "You'll get nothing and you'll like it".

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cGeeNov. 13, 13 9:45 PM

Send your contribution directly to your favorite cause. Avoid the Razoo scam.

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buzzard23Nov. 13, 1310:07 PM

@countrygwnt: Razoo keeps virtually nothing. Credit card costs are 2-4%. The United Way keeps 12%! Charities Review Council says good administrative costs for a nonprofit are 10-30%. Razoo is cheap by comparison.

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Oglethorpe2Nov. 13, 1311:56 PM

Donate directly to your favorite charity. Pick a charity with low admin costs and a high return on investment. Any time there is a third party involved, they are taking money away from the cause. Most charities can set up the matching dollars on their own, without paying a service charge. If they can't, they don't deserve your hard earned money. Locally, Second Harvest Heartland gets high marks.

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wallyworldmnNov. 14, 13 1:53 AM

I actually gave a larger than usual donation to a charity that I support a couple years ago as part of the "Give to the Max" promotion. The incentive for me was the fact that there was supposed to be a match to increase the net for the charity. The match turned out to be a fraction of a cent on the dollar. With the extra costs in the middle, I think the charities would be better off with a direct donation.

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freedubayNov. 14, 13 3:56 AM

I'm thinking Dayton might just wish this day never was.

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