Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan hosts initiative to support hundreds of nonprofits
MONTGOMERY, NY (February 11, 2021) – 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. The Community Foundation is proud to host its 6th annual Hudson Valley Gives on Wednesday, May 19. It’s anticipated that the 24-hour event will top last year’s unprecedented success.
“It’s important for the fabric of our communities that these organizations have an opportunity to raise needed funds to keep their doors open,” said Elizabeth Rowley, President and CEO of CFOS. “Hudson Valley Gives provides that opportunity in an entirely safe, online fashion.”
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. The nonprofits are eligible for additional prize money thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors.
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in or serving the Hudson Valley — as well as charitable funds at local community foundations — may participate in Hudson Valley Gives. To register, visit HVGives.org.
HVGives.org will open to online donations on May 1. 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 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 Healey Brothers; Standback Contractors, LLC; Walden Savings Bank; Garnet Health; Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Newburgh Brewing Company; Glenn & Breheney PLLC; GiveGab; Seely & Durland Insurance; William A. Smith & Son Insurance; Bold Gold Media Group and WALL Radio. If your business is interested in sponsoring Hudson Valley Gives, contact CFOS Director of Development and Communications Nicole Feller Lee at Nicole@cfosny.org.
Photo caption: The nonprofit organization Beautiful People raised $20,000 through HV Gives in 2020.