Every year in November, thousands of nonprofits and (starting this year) schools across Minnesota come together to raise millions of dollars over the course of one day, supporting an immense array of vital work in our communities.

Give to the Max Day 2012 will begin at midnight on Thursday, November 15 and run through midnight on November 16. Organizations participating in Give to the Max Day are eligible for a variety of matching gifts, prizes, and other incentives that boost the value of contributions given during the 24-hour window. Click here to learn more about Give to the Max Day.

Upstream Arts will be participating this year in a few different capacities:

– As usual, you can make donations online at GiveMN.org. You can even schedule your gift in advance! Over the next two weeks, we look forward to connecting with many of you about some interactive Give to the Max festivities that we’re planning and how your contributions can make a difference

– We’ve released our brand new 2011-12 Annual Report just in time for Give to the Max Day! Visit Resources > Upstream Arts Publications to download a beautiful full-color PDF. Recent supporters will receive a hard copy by mail in the coming weeks.

– We will be participating in a “coffee break” with other nonprofits in our neighborhood, open to the general public, in the lobby of Pillsbury House + Theatre (3501 Chicago Ave S) on the morning of Give to the Max Day. Come enjoy free coffee, try a pastry or two, meet your neighbors, and learn about all the incredible work happening along the Chicago Avenue Corridor. Computer stations and free wireless signal will be available for visitors who would like to make donations. The event will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 8-11AM, with short introductions of each organization at 9AM.

Thank you so much in advance for your support of Upstream Arts during Give to the Max Day 2012. We’re grateful and excited to share this important community event with you.

(And of course, remember that you don’t have to wait for Give to the Max Day to support Upstream Arts – you can make a donation any time! Click here to make a secure online gift now, or visit the Donate section of our website to learn about other ways to contribute.)