Minnesotans "Give to the Max" Thursday

Updated: 11/16/2012 5:44 PM KSTP.com By: Kaitlin Stevens

Minnesotans proved that "Minnesota Nice" means more than just being friendly to your neighbor.

Thousands of Minnesotans took part in Give to the Max Day Thursday. The unofficial total for 2012 was $16.4 million in 24 hours.

This year's results set a new record. Last year's Give to the Max Day raised $13.4 million for 3,978 Minnesota nonprofit organizations.

Cretin-Derham Hall was the biggest winner this year bringing in $377,000.

This year marked the 4th anniversary of the annual giving event.

K-12 schools were added to the list of eligible organizations which also included colleges and universities as well as nonprofits of all sizes.

Interested donors could log on to GiveMN.org or access GiveMN mobile from their phones between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

The webpage had explanations on how to donate, which organizations you can donate to, how many people have donated and how much money has been raised so far, among other things.

Donations could even earn the organization of your choice a bonus. Nonprofits that raised the most money got a spot on one of four leader boards. The top 10 spots on each board got the chance to earn up to $12,500 in grants.

There were also opportunities for donors to double their dollars for the hundreds of organizations that secured matching funds for the day.

Since launching in 2009, donors have given more than $50 million to over 6,700 nonprofit organizations on GiveMN.org.