Glitch to the Max: Nonprofits Impacted by Website Crash

Posted at: 11/15/2013 6:53 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Despite record setting donations a major technology glitch had a huge impact on this year’s Give to the Max Day. More than $15.8 million dollars was raised Thursday in Minnesota as part of the day long fundraiser. 

But some area non-profits are still hoping for some extra love after the Give to the Max website went down during half the day.

Quarry Hill Nature Center is just one of the many area organizations that relies on donations.

"Donation help us keep the nature center free, it helps us care for the many animals that we have here," said Quarry Hill’s Pamela Meyer.

Each year Give to the Max Day is a big boost to their fundraising goals, but this year it wasn't so easy.

"Generosity is a good thing and sometimes it makes technology have glitches, but in general we saw people still giving," said Meyer.

When the Give to the Max web site literally maxed out and shut down Thursday for more than 5 hours, it may have had an effect on the number of donations.

"We're still trying to figure out how yesterday went," said Rochester Family “Y” CEO Steve Courts.

The Rochester Family “Y” says some of their donors got crafty during the technical difficulties.

"We raised an extra thousand dollars on our web site when the Give to the Max site went down," said Courts.

But they did not reach their goal in order to receive a match donation of ten thousand dollars. Luckily the offer will still stand through the rest of the week.

"We're encouraging everybody that wanted to donate to do so, because we can still get to those matching gifts of up to ten thousand," said Courts

In all more than 16 million dollars was raised for non-profits across the state.

Organizations like Quarry Hill and The “Y” couldn't be more grateful. They hope the generosity continues.

"It's not just one day, we live in this great state with a lot of non-profits that are doing fantastic things, so take the time and make a donation," said Meyer.

Several local organizations topped the leaderboard including Schaeffer Academy and The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.


Last year more than $16 million dollars was raised through Give to the Max Day.