Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 17th! CLICK HERE to donate!

We need you to Keep Art Alive in Anoka AKA “the city of no chalk art”
Help us continue our mission of creating art and inspiring artists at the Rumriver Art Center with your gift of $25, $50, or even $100!

What is Give to the Max Day?

Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is on November 17th this year. GTMD is an annual event where thousands of donors across Minnesota will rally around their favorite charities by making gifts through GiveMN to increase the wellbeing of our communities.

Matching Funds

We have $5,000 in matching funds for Give to the Max this year. This means that your donation can have double the impact!

Thank you to Anoka Employees Club, Anoka Lions Club, Anoka Women of Today, Connexus Energy, Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce, Rumriver Art Center Summer Camp Parents Fund, Sarrack & Associates Inc., and Village Bank for providing matching funds.

Our Mission/Service to the Community

Every year, Rumriver Art Center serves more than 10,000 students in the community through our in-person and virtual classes, events, annual art fair, art gallery, community outreach, and more! Our mission is to make a difference for artists and individuals of all ages by providing an opportunity rich, welcoming and inspiring environment.

Why donate to the Rumriver Art Center?

Top 10 Rumriver Art Center Artifacts
Artifact #1 – Donate now and get your donation doubled! We have a Community Partners Challenge fund of $5000 in matching funds available during Give to the Max. Every dollar makes a difference, especially to a small nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible.  
Artifact #2 – Operating a community art center costs money. Contrary to popular belief, we are not funded by the government. Yes, we receive some small grants that help but it’s not enough.
Artifact #3 – We pay our teaching artists a living wage. Artists are people too; they have feelings and bills to pay. Art is not free. 
Artifact #4 – Art is good for your soul, your mental health and the soul and mental health of those around you. Everyone benefits.
Artifact #5 – Benefits of the art making process: art helps foster social and physical gains, art increases creativity, mental engagement and confidence.
Artifact #6 – We are a 501c3 community nonprofit, you know we don’t make any money. All monies go right back into the art center for rent, utilities, office staff and ice cream. Ok maybe not ice cream, but that would be nice.
Artifact #7 –  Our classes, workshops and summer camps pay for the teaching artists and supplies and not much else. 
Artifact #8 –  We have grown from a 1 room studio where you had to walk miles to get to and now have 10,000 square feet to walk around for miles.
Artifact #9 – You or someone you know could be the next Picasso, but unless you have a place to go to you will never know.
Artifact #10 – Matching funds were generously donated by these community partners to double every dollar your donate up to $5,000: Anoka Employees Club, Anoka Lions Club, Anoka Women of Today, Connexus Energy, Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce, Rumriver Art Center Summer Camp Parents Fund, Sarrack & Associates Inc., and Village Bank.

Whether it’s a monetary donation, volunteer hours, an art supply/material donation, taking classes or sharing the art center with family and friends, YOU are what makes us a successful community art center. We appreciate all of your support in helping us continue to bring artistic opportunities to the community and keep art alive!!!

Our Goal – $10,000

During Give to the Max Day this year, our GOAL is to raise $10,000 to help fund our immediate and long-term needs.
Your gift right now will help ensure artists of all ages can continue to explore their creativity and achieve their full artistic potential. Donate your most generous gift now and join our work!

Prize Grants

Each time you make a gift during Give to the Max, you could help Rumriver Art Center win part of the $100,000+ Prize Pool! In fact, there are 144 chances to win during Give to the Max Day and Early Giving, beginning November 1! Each gift you make during Give to the Max enters you to win money for the Rumriver Art Center! If GiveMN randomly draws your donation, Rumriver Art Center will receive an additional prize grant!

Did you know that many employers will match employee donations to non-profit organizations? Check and see if your employer will double your donation!

Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on Thursday, November 17th by visiting and making a donation.

Early Giving Starts November 1

Although Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 17, the Early Giving period opens November 1 to allow donors more opportunities to have their generosity counted as part of Minnesota’s giving holiday!

Previous Give to the Max Day donations were used for following programs:
Filling the gap between what we charge for classes and what it costs us to put on a class to keep our classes affordable for YOU!
Monthly Free Family Art Days
Monthly Kids Art Fun Nights
Vitality Arts programs for Older Adults
Wheel Throwing Pottery program
Virtual Art Classes