EDINA, MINN- Nov. 8, 2012- Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state the will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite charities and schools online at www.givemn.org during the fourth annual "Give to the Max Day" on November 15th.

"Money donated to Abbey's Hope will directly benefit our mission of promoting water safety and drowning prevention in the community," said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to improperly maintained pool drain.

"We set single-day records for philanthropic giving in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and want to keep that streak going in 2012," said Dana Nelson, executive director of GiveMN, 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 and schools that work to strengthen our communities."

During last year's Give to the Max Day, 47,534 logged on to GiveMN.org. The result: $13.4 million raised for 3,978 Minnesota nonprofits, whose missions range from feeding the hungry, to protecting the environment, to promoting the arts. GiveMN hopes to again raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits and schools, showcasing Minnesota's unparalleled generosity to the world.

In 2012, GiveMN will offer several incentives to encourage donor participation in Give to the Max Day. Community members can support Abbey's Hope and other local nonprofits and schools for an opportunity to win prize grants up to $12,500 as top donation earners. During Give to the Max Day 2012, Abbey's Hope will be eligible for prize grants in the form of hourly "Golden Tickets"-an hourly drawing to add $1,000 to a donor's donation, randomly selected from donors who gave during each hour of the event. One donor giving to a nonprofit and one donor to a K-12 public school will be drawn in the evening for a Super-sized Golden Ticket of $10,000 added to their donations.

GiveMN is powered by Razoo, a critical partner in making Give to the Max Day a success. Razoo is a venture funded social enterprise committed to transforming people's lives through meaningful giving. Its secure online platform facilities crowdsourced fundraising, streamlines the donation process and offers a suite of free an easy-to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and nonprofits to give and fundraise online.

About Abbey's Hope:

Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in a improperly pool drain cover. The Foundation's goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.

Find out more about Abbey's Hope at abbeyshope.org

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 support organization of the Minnesota Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.GiveMN.org.




The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips