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Minnesotans Donate Millions for National Philanthropy Day

Posted at: 11/17/2012 10:43 PM
Updated at: 11/18/2012 8:28 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesotans donated $16.3 million to charities this week as part of National Philanthropy Day, topping the tallies from about 30 other cities and states that also sponsor one-day giving sprees.

Minnesota's event was coordinated by GiveMN, which says more than 107,000 donations were made to nearly 5,400 organizations.

The top recipient was Cretin-Derham Hall, a Catholic high school in St. Paul. School spokesman Frank Miley says the $377,000 raised will be used to fund student financial aid.

Janelle Dixon is the president of the Animal Humane Society, which raised $315,000. She says one donor wrote an emotional email about how she was struggling financially and wished she could give more.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says the Dallas, Texas, area had the second-highest fundraising total with 14.4 million.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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