Give to the Max Day 2017 – What Your Donation Means to

Give to the Max Day is both a really great day and a really irritating one. It’s great because the outpouring of generosity from Minnesotans to causes they cherish is inspiring. It’s irritating because every single cause is asking for that donation.

You’re here reading this. We’re asking for you to support this #GTMD2017. is 100% volunteer driven — our writers, board and committees are all 100% volunteer. Because we don’t run ads, we don’t have pressure to hold certain views, or sanitize articles for the protection of our cash flow. However, volunteer effort doesn’t pay the very real expenses we have: web hosting, software add-ons and web design, and it doesn’t help with the expenses we incur helping with events like Mayoral Forums, debates, and similar.

Your donation goes far with us. Here’s examples of what we could do with increased reader support:

  • If every unique visitor to our 2017 Voter Guide between August 1 and Election Day gave us $5, we could pay our hosting costs for 3 years.
  • If every October visitor to our site who got here by clicking on one of our links on Twitter or Facebook gave us $5, we could pay for a professional redesign and redevelopment of our web site.
  • If every unique visitor to our site in October gave us $1, we could again pay for a full professional redesign of the site, and a year of website hosting.
  • If everyone of the above people gave us more than $1, or $5, we would have a huge head start on the next election cycle, and possible forums with governor candidates, St. Paul City Council candidates and more.

If everyone does their part, we can do a lot, with just a little. We’re talking lattes, not mortgage payments, for your donation — although if you give to the Max, we will be Max grateful.

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About Julie Kosbab

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005, and is no longer lonely in that calling. A past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association, she has 2 children and a garage full of bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations, or read her (seldom updated) blog at Ride Boldly!