Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan hosts initiative to support hundreds of nonprofits
MONTGOMERY, NY (May 11, 2021) – The Community Foundation is proud to host its 6th annual Hudson Valley Gives on Wednesday, May 19. It is anticipated that the 24-hour event will top last year’s unprecedented success. With nonprofits unable to host traditional revenue-gathering events like galas and walks due to social distancing, never before has online fundraising been more important.
Over the last five years, Hudson Valley Gives has supported hundreds of nonprofits in seven Hudson Valley counties by raising more than $1.4 million. CFOS proudly leads this initiative, providing an online platform at HVGives.org and technical assistance and training for participating nonprofits. All donations received are deposited directly into each participating organization’s bank account. Nonprofits are eligible for additional prize money thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors.
HVGives.org will be open to online donations throughout the month of May. There are a diverse array of local causes to support, including animal shelters, arts groups, ambulance corps, libraries, historical societies, museums, farmland and environmental preservation groups, food pantries, human service organizations, health agencies and hospitals, recreation and youth groups, scholarship funds, and veterans’ organizations.
“It’s important to the fabric of our communities that nonprofits have the opportunity to fundraise online during these challenging times,” said Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President and CEO. “We encourage the public to think about the organizations and causes near and dear to their hearts and give where you live on May 19th!”
This single day of online fundraising will give nonprofits in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties the opportunity to reach thousands of new potential donors and boost their agency’s visibility exponentially through social media and marketing. Throughout the day, a pool of cash and in-kind prizes – donated by generous event sponsors – will spur donors to support their favorite charities as part of a variety of contests. The cash prizes will be awarded directly to the nonprofits (not the donors) as incentives for them to creatively and persistently reach new and repeat audiences to raise funds to support their missions.
Event sponsors to date include Planet Wings; Pizza E Birra; C’est La Vie Spa and Salon; Resorts World Catskills; Healey Brothers; Standback Contractors, LLC; Walden Savings Bank; Garnet Health; Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Rowley Family Foundation; Construction Contractors Association; Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Newburgh Brewing Company; Colonial Family of Funeral Homes; Glenn & Breheney PLLC; GiveGab; Seely & Durland Insurance; Beer World; William A. Smith & Son Insurance; Spectrum; Fox Hill Community; Bold Gold Media Group and WALL Radio.
About the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS): Based in Montgomery, NY, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan connects people who care with causes that matter. Established in 1999, the Foundation helps philanthropic individuals, businesses and organizations establish charitable funds that will award grants and scholarships, for good, forever. The Foundation has significantly increased the region’s charitable capital and has empowered donors to make a profound difference in the quality of life in our region.Since its inception, CFOS, with its donors and fund representatives, has awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivancurrently administers 322 active charitable funds that represent more than $34 million in assets to support animal welfare, arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, recreation and youth. To learn more, visit cfosny.org.
Photo: Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan staff members spearheaded a hugely successful 2021 Hudson Valley Gives campaign. (Back row from left to right: Stacey Muller, Director of Finance and Operations; Nicole Feller Lee, Director of Development and Communications. Front row: Elizabeth Rowley, President and CEO; Megan Martini, Administrative and Communications Associate; and Melissa Pawlak, Communications and Program Coordinator.)