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Donors give more than $18 million to 5,694 nonprofits on Give to the Max Day

Thursday’s total was slightly lower than 2014’s Give to the Max day, when $18.6 million was raised.

People donated $18.063 million through the Give to the Max program on Thursday, with 62,740 individuals giving to 5,694 nonprofits and schools.

That’s a hair lower than the 2014 Give to the Max Day, when officials reported $18.3 million raised. There were slightly more donors this year than the year before.

GiveMn, which runs an online giving operation and organizes the annual Give to the Max campaign, takes a 4.9 percent fee from donations to cover technology, processing and administrative fees.

Cretin-Derham Hall school in St. Paul topped the leaderboard, with $506,601 raised.

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Second Harvest Heartland was next, with $356,217.

Two dozen organizations won $1,000 grants through hourly random grants and two others —  Special Olympics Minnesota and the Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association —  each received $10,000 random grants during the promotion.