Give to the Max for the BWCA


Mark your calendars—Give to the Max is back on Thursday, November 16! A chance to show your love for the Boundary Waters! We hope you’ll celebrate Minnesota’s giving holiday again this year and make a donation to support Friends of the Boundary Waters. We’ve secured matching gifts, so up to $176,000 your gift will be doubled!

Give to the Max 2023 logo featuring a loon mother with a baby on her back.

A New Threat – Twin Metals Searching for Ways to Mine on State Lands

We just received breaking news that Minnesota Department of Natural Resources approved a plan to begin drilling at the edge of the Boundary Waters. Having failed at the federal level, Twin Metals is now searching for ways to open their toxic mine on state lands.

This reckless decision could very well lead to the development of a sulfide mine just miles away from the Boundary Waters.

With your support, we’ve been able to fight back other dangerous mining proposals that would permanently pollute the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. We can do this again – but not without your help.

What is Give to the Max?

Give to the Max is Minnesota’s annual giving holiday that connects generous donors like you with nonprofits and schools working to make Minnesota a better place.

Their online website helps charitable organizations like the Friends to raise money, and gives our donors useful tools where they can start their own fundraisers and track our progress on Give to the Max Day (GTMD).

Plus, we have a generous matching gift of $176,000 in place, so your gift will go even further!

Make a greater impact – Start a Fundraiser!

Do you want to help make a greater impact for Friends of the Boundary Waters? Start a Fundraiser. The online fundraising tools on can help you share your story and raise money for Friends of the Boundary Waters in just a few minutes time. Plus, it helps your friends and family learn more about our work!

How does Give to the Max work?

Starting with the Early Giving period on November 1, you can take part in Give to the Max by donating to Friends of the Boundary Waters.

Give to the Max also helps by boosting the generosity of randomly selected gifts made using with $100,000+ in Golden Tickets and Power Hours throughout the event.

When is Give to the Max Day 2023

Give to the Max Day this year is November 16, 2023. However, it’s easy to lock in your gift sooner. You can begin donating through our GiveMN page November 1. Donations given through the page during that will be eligible for matching donations.

What is our Give to the Max Goal?

This year, we have a goal of achieving $175,000 in donations, which will be doubled from generous matching gifts.

Having protected the Boundary Waters for almost 50 years, we know that our strength comes from people. The more people join this community of Boundary Waters explorers and supporters, the better chance we’ll have to defend these precious waters for future generations.

Start a fundraiser, tell a friend and help us grow a community of Boundary Waters champions!

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