Give to the Max is a statewide outpouring of support for thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota! This Giving Holiday is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, but you don’t have to wait to support Carpenter Nature Center. Early Giving begins November 1, so visit to make a gift!

This year, our goal is to raise $7,500! Your contribution to CNC helps us foster a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through environmental education, habitat conservation and outdoor experiences. Thank you for your support!


Behind the Scenes Tour of CNC Animal Care!

Help us reach our $7500 Give to the Max fundraising goal and you could win a behind the scenes tour of CNC animal care! Qualifying donations made to CNC between November 1 – 18 count toward the goal. If the goal is reached, everyone who contributed will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an up-close encounter with CNC’s animal ambassadors! Qualifying donations include contributions made through GiveMN as well as Give to the Max designated cash, check, and credit card donations made directly to CNC.

Korppi Paintings

As a thank you for engaging with our Give to the Max social media campaign, CNC will be giving away several paintings created by our ambassador raven Korppi! Here’s how the Painting Giveaways work: Comment, like, and share the posts titled “Korppi Painting Giveaway!” to be entered into a drawing to win! You have 12 hours to engage with the designated post before the contest closes.

Korppi Painting Giveaway details: There will be seven Painting Giveaway posts during early giving. Painting Giveaway opportunities will be posted at 12:00pm (noon) on Wednesday 11/3, Friday 11/5, Monday 11/8, Wednesday 11/10, Friday 11/12, Monday 11/15, and Wednesday 11/17. Winners will be announced on November 19. Donations not required to qualify, but if you would like to give, please visit

Prize Grants Awarded by GiveMN

Each time you make a gift (through the GiveMN website) during Give to the Max, you could help Carpenter Nature Center win part of the GiveMN $100,000+ Prize Pool! In fact, there are 144 chances for CNC to win during Give to the Max Day and Early Giving, beginning November 1! Visit to make a gift!

Golden Tickets

GiveMN’s most popular prizes, Golden Tickets are random chance drawings. Each gift you make during Give to the Max enters you to win money for CNC! If GiveMN randomly draws your gift, Carpenter Nature Center will receive an additional prize grant! All you have to do is make a gift (or lots of gifts!) and GiveMN will enter it into the prize drawings for each associated prize grant. This means your gift could be eligible for as many as three drawings!

$500 Early Giving Daily Golden Tickets starting November 1

$500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes on Give to the Max Day

$1,000 Hourly Golden Tickets on Give to the Max Day

$10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket: The grand prize of Give to the Max, you could turn any gift of $5 or more into $10,000 for Carpenter Nature Center! This prize will be drawn from all gifts made during Give to the Max Day and Early Giving, from November 1-18.

Power Hours

The three registered Minnesota-based organizations who raise the most money between 10:00-10:59 a.m. and 10:00-10:59 p.m. on November 18 will share a $6,000 prize pool per hour! Prizes will be awarded as follows during each listed hour: 1st Place: $3,000; 2nd Place: $2,000; 3rd Place: $1,000.