Support The UpTake on “Give to the Max Day”

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Sure, you know about your civic duty on the first Tuesday in November — Election Day. But what about “Give to the Max Day” on the third Tuesday in November — an event that offers an even better opportunity for you to create the change you want.

On “Give to the Max Day” you can help bring peace to Africa, stop crime in Minnesota, improve education, help sick kids, protect our environment, help find missing children, improve our libraries, and feed the homeless — just by watching our live coverage on The UpTake and donating online to your favorite Minnesota nonprofit. Consider it a one-stop shopping volunteer opportunity that should keep you guilt-free … at least through the holidays.

This is the second annual “Give to the Max Day,” and this year, The UpTake will livestream the 16-hour telethon, featuring Minnesota artists and musicians including Open Eye, Mu Daiko, Desdamona, Circus Juventas, Christine Rosholt and Tim Mahoney, along with pitches from dozens of nonprofit agencies. Of course, when we say “telethon” we mean that it’s like a telethon, except that you don’t have to listen to Jerry Lewis cry at the end.

That’s right, the online political news organization that you’ve relied upon all summer and fall for Minnesota’s gubernatorial debates, hard-hitting political analysis, and now the Dayton-Emmer recount, will narrate “Give to the Max Day” from Lowertown St. Paul. The UpTake will be on the air, from 8 a.m. until midnight on Tuesday, interviewing Minnesota nonprofits and change agents. Last year, “Give to the Max Day” attracted 38,000 donors, who gave $14 million to thousands of nonprofits around the state. This year’s goal is 40,000 donors, according to executive director Dana Nelson.

If you donate next Tuesday during “Give to the Max Day”, your donation could be matched and The UpTake could also win up to $20,000 if we have the most donors. Plus, Give MN will add $1,000 to a random donation every hour, so your small donation could be worth big dollars to us!

Get fired up for “Give to the Max Day” on Tuesday, and support our coverage here. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $7,500 on Tuesday.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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