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Give to the Max sprinkles small donations on Austin groups

Give to the Max Day surged past $16 million in statewide fundraising Thursday, beating last year's  effort, but local leaders saw only small amounts donated in the fourth annual online event aimed at drumming up dollars for nonprofit organizations.

It wasn't a windfall for many organizations, but most appreciate any additional money as they wrap up their fourth quarter.

Dustin Heckman, executive director of the Mower County Historical Society , said his organization only raised $50 this year.

"It was disappointing," Heckman said. "I'm not sure what we did or didn't do differently this year. Even so, something is better than nothing. We don't bank on it as a major fundraiser."

Last year, the historical society raised $300, he said.


Janel Horner, executive director of Math Masters based in Austin, said the concept is a good one and they are happy for the donations.

"It's an additional way to receive donations, so it helps, because it's an easy way for people to donate," Horner said. "We want to be able to keep the costs low and keep the registration fees low, so kids can have this experience."

Math Masters raised $295. Horner was readying herself to send out thank you notes to donors today.

Other organizations reported donors on the Give to the Max website, but no totals were listed.

Organizations such as the Mower County Humane Society , KSMQ-TV and the Riverland Community College Foundation received donations, but there wasn't a compilation of overall how Austin area nonprofit organizations did in the daylong fundraising effort.

Carey Sharp, the secretary of the human society, said the organization received $1,050, which is in the ballpark of last year's donations. The money goes for the care of the animals at the shelter.

Riverland's site did report raising $1,535 for its emergency fund for students.

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