Nonprofits up for $1M through March drive

Published 10:31 am Monday, March 2, 2015

One hundred nonprofit organizations across southeastern Minnesota, including six in Mower County and seven that affect Freeborn County, will have a chance to win a combined $1 million in matching funding through an online gift campaign during the month of March.

Arc Mower County, Freeborn/Mower Habitat for Humanity, Parenting Resource Center, Mower County Seniors, Riverland Community College Foundation and the Salvation Army of Austin are part of the campaign.

The campaign, through the Otto Bremer Foundation, began last Thursday and will run until March 31 on, the same organization behind the successful Give to the Max Day.

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“We are pleased to have such a large number of nonprofits participating in the March Millions campaign,” said Otto Bremer Foundation co-CEO and trustee Daniel Reardon. “The response of interested participants illustrates that there is a vibrant nonprofit community in southeastern Minnesota.”

Other area organizations participating include St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea, Success through Adults Reaching Students, Senior Resources of Freeborn County, United Way of Freeborn County, the Albert Lea Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity for Freeborn and Mower counties and Semcac.

Col. Robert Thomson, commander of the Minnesota and North Dakota Salvation Armies, thanked the foundation for its generosity. The Austin and Albert Lea Salvation Army branches are included under the Salvation Army Northern Division listed on the organization list. All of the donations to the Salvation Army will be routed by the billing zip code to ensure the money given stays in each community.

“There are eight counties we serve in southeast Minnesota, and doubling donations in March would be a tremendous help in our effort to serve more families,” Thomson said.

He encouraged people to donate earlier rather than later.

The maximum amount any single nonprofit can have doubled is $100,000.

On March 31, the foundation will give a $10,000 gift to a participating organization as a way to encourage donors and organizations to continue giving throughout the month.

The Otto Bremer Foundation, based in St. Paul, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community and business leader. The foundation is the 92 percent owner of Bremer Bank. The returns on its holdings provide the funding for the foundation’s grantmaking.

To view the full list of organizations participating visit