Merrick, Inc., Participating in Third Annual Give to the Max Day on November 16

Merrick, Inc., will benefit from the community’s online donations through

Vadnais Heights – November 8, 2011 – Merrick, Inc., ( is one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite charities online at during the third annual “Give to the Max Day” on November 16.

Merrick, Inc., is proud to announce Kowalski’s Markets as a partnering sponsor for this year’s Give to the Max Day event. Kowalski’s Markets is offering a matching grant of $2,000 to help fund the self-advocacy work of clients at Merrick.

Money donated to Merrick will directly benefit its mission of empowering adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities, and to guiding them toward realizing their goals and dreams.

Merrick’s Executive Director John Wayne Barker will be participating in a live interview at 2:35 pm at the Mall of America on the day of the event. The interview will be live streamed through Give to the Max Day partner, www.TheUpTake.Org, who will be broadcasting interviews with local nonprofits as well as providing online video coverage of the Give to the Max Day festivities happening at MOA.

“We set single-day records for philanthropic giving in both 2009 and 2010 and want to keep that streak going in 2011,” said Dana Nelson, executive director of, which debuted in fall 2009 as the first-of-its-kind giving website and sponsors Give to the Max Day. “This is a day for us to come together as Minnesotans and show our support for the nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to improve our communities.”

During last year’s Give to the Max Day, more than 42,000 donors logged on to The result: more than $10 million raised for more than 3,400 Minnesota nonprofits, whose missions range from feeding the hungry, to protecting the environment, to promoting the arts. hopes to again raise millions for thousands of nonprofits, showcasing Minnesota’s unparalleled generosity to the world.

At GiveMN, Minnesota nonprofits can showcase their work and introduce their organizations to potential donors. Customized profiles of Minnesota charities detail their individual missions, programs and events. The site also lets donors manage their charitable giving by recording online contributions and storing receipts. GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. Razoo offers a secure platform, streamlined donation process and a suite of free and easy-to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and nonprofits to give and fundraise online.

About Merrick, Inc.

Merrick, Inc., is a private nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation, licensed by the Department of Human Services as a Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H), Supported Employment (SES), and Adult Day Services (ADS) provider. Merrick is also an approved Ticket to Work (TTW) Employer Network. We are dedicated to empowering adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities, and guiding them toward realizing their dreams. Through person-centered planning and the self-discovery process, and self-advocacy, clients at Merrick are finding their place in the world - working in desired and meaningful jobs, being actively engaged in their communities, building relationships, enhancing personal skills, and leading more self-determined lives.

About GiveMN

GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that is a supporting organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Many partners shaped GiveMN to build upon Minnesota’s strong tradition of philanthropy, including: ADC, Blandin Foundation, The Otto Bremer Foundation, the Bush Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, General Mills, Inc., Greater Twin Cities United Way, HealthPartners, Initiative Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, The Mosaic Company, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Target, UCare, West Central Initiative Foundation and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. For more information, visit

Special thanks to our Give to the Max Day sponsors: The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation.



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