8th Annual Hudson Valley Gives Online Giving Day Planned for May 17

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan hosts initiative to support nonprofits in the region.

MONTGOMERY, NY (April 4, 2023) – The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) is proud to host its 8th annual Hudson Valley Gives on Wednesday, May 17. 110 nonprofits from the region have already signed up to participate in the 24-hour online giving event. Those who still wish to do so can register at HVGives.org until May 12.

Over the last seven years, Hudson Valley Gives has supported hundreds of nonprofits in seven Hudson Valley counties by raising nearly $3 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.

“The percentage of donors who choose to do their charitable giving online increases with each passing year, making Hudson Valley Gives a valuable platform for local nonprofits to reach this critical audience,” said Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President and CEO. “We encourage the public to visit HVGives.org on May 17, learn about the outstanding organizations in the region, and support those causes near and dear to their hearts!”

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.

This year, the organization Horses for a Change located in Ulster County hopes to raise needed funds for its mission.

“At Horses for a Change, we see everyday how being on and around horses has a healing effect on people. We give riding lessons here to people of all ages, abilities, and economic means and strive to nurture that powerful connection between people and horses,” said Horses for a Change Executive Director Nancy Rosen. “Our thanks to Hudson Valley Gives and the Community Foundation for letting more people know about us.”

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 reach new and repeat audiences to raise funds to support their missions.

A “Celebration of Success” party will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 17 at Newburgh Brewing Company and is open to the public. Some prizes will be awarded to participating nonprofits, and K104.7 Radio will broadcast live during the festivities.  

Sponsors to date include Resorts World Catskills, Coombe Bender & Company, Lanc & Tully Engineering and Surveying, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Rowley Family Foundation, Standback General Contractors, Walden Savings Bank, Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bhandarkar Law, Construction Contractors Association, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Church Communities, Garnet Health, Rand Commercial, Rolling V Bus Corporation, Seely & Durland, William A Smith & Son, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Newburgh Brewing Company, Bold Gold Media, WALL Radio, WJFF Radio, and Pamal Broadcasting.

Businesses interested in sponsoring Hudson Valley Gives should contact CFOS Director of Development Megan Matthews at Megan@cfosny.org or (845) 769-9393.

Photo features: Hudson Valley Gives participating organization Horses for a Change