Non-profit organizations throughout the state will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity during the second annual “Give to the Max Day” on Tuesday, November 16.

According to Dana Nelson, executive director of, “This is a day for us to come together as Minnesotans and show our support for nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to improve our communities. Last year, more than $14 million were donated to 3,434 Minnesota nonprofits—whose missions range from feeding the hungry, to protecting the environment, to promoting the arts.

Rob Zeaske, executive director of Second Harvest Heartland states: “Give to the Max Day is truly a motivating and inspiring way to engage Minnesotans in the nonprofits that are dedicated to making our communities a better place to live.”

MSUM employees can participate in “GIVE TO THE MAX DAY” via the MSU Moorhead State of Minnesota Employee’s Combined Charities Campaign!

This year’s goal was set at $63,000. To date, MSUM faculty and staff have donated 71% of the goal for a total of $44,909.

MSUM employees do make a difference! Our community sees important results because state employees care. Last year MSUM contributed $57,094 to  the Combined Charities Campaign—a significant investment in the well-being of our community and state. The gifts from faculty and staff helped the less fortunate; provided services and support for children, families, and schools; and assisted with environmental issues. In ways direct and indirect, we are all touched by the work of agencies supported by the campaign.

If you haven’t participated in this year’s campaign, please give it your consideration while there’s still time. It’s easy to do. The Combined Charities Campaign offers quality choices for your philanthropy. The options include the United Way of Cass-Clay, which  serves Moorhead and Fargo and the surrounding communities. Your contribution would be tax deductible.

In order to have your pledge included in this year’s campaign total for MSUM, all donations must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on November 29. If you have not yet made your donation, the Human Resources office can assist you. You can contact Deb Lewis by phone—2158—or by email—

The options for participation include convenient payroll deduction. No gift is too small. One or two dollars per paycheck can give hope and help make improvements. The campaign is a wonderfully efficient way to provide for basic needs, support prevention and development, and secure lasting community change. For example, a pledge of just $1.00 per pay period to the United Way of Cass Clay will buy twelve books for a preschool child in Clay or Cass County.

If you make a contribution online, please contact Deb. MSUM does not receive a state report about charitable deductions made by employees using the online self-service site, which means HR must hear from you in order to fully report the university’s support of this effort to the local community.

Together we can make a difference. You are encouraged to pledge today!