Training Opportunities For Your Nonprofits, reminders and new events.

REMINDER: Facebook for Nonprofits: You Want Love, Not Just “Like” Webinar at 2 O’clock today. Register here.  Don’t forget to test your computer to make sure your system is compatible.

REMINDER: Don’t forget this Saturday April 19th, is PodCamp. Register here. Ticket sales end today at 5pm. Sponsored in part by Valley Gives.

NEW: Women’s Fund Of Western MA to host a Board/Staff development series. See attachment.

Women’s Fund Thought Practice

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Valley Gives to sponsor PodCamp WesternMA

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Valley Gives is pleased to announce that we are a sponsor of PodCamp WesternMA 6.

PodCamp is an all-day un-conference about social media and online networking. It is an open and collaborative event with discussions and interaction from attendees. PodCamp is about blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, podcasting, videocasting/YouTube, Pinterest, mobile apps, and any other online community tools.

Valley Gives is encouraging all of the nonprofit organizations that have participated in Valley Gives to attended PodCamp to learn more about the power of social media in an immersive and very friendly environment. It is a wonderful opportunity to make new connections with other social media leaders from across western Massachusetts as well as booster your own social media skills.

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Holyoke Commuity College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

Tickets are very limited and you are encouraged to buy early to make sure you can attend. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students) and are available via EventBrite.

For those of you attending, we look forward to seeing you at the AfterParty at Sláinte. – sponsored by Valley Gives!

For more information, head to the PodCamp website and make sure to Like PodCamp WesternMA on Facebook. The twitter hashtags for the event are #PCWM and #PCWM6.

$500 Prizes Announced For Survey Completion

Dear Participants:

The winners of the $500 prizes for completing surveys by December 20th and again on January 8th.

Craig’s Doors: They won $500 for completing the survey by December 20th

MANNA Soup Kitchen: They won $500 and were selected from the 225 organizations, who finished the survey between December 13th and January 8th.

And the Donor’s Survey winner’s choice is:

Seeds of Solidarity: They won $500 as the choice of the donor, whose name was pulled from over 2000 donors who completed the Donor Survey by Dec. 20th.

Congratulations! We really appreciate your feedback and will put it to good use when designing Valley Gives 2014.

 

 

When Are Our Golden Tickets and Razoo Disbursements Coming?

When are our golden tickets and Razoo disbursements coming?
This question has been asked many times in the last 2 weeks. So we thought we would answer you here. We want you to get your funds as much as you want them.
By now you should have gotten your Golden Ticket/Power Hour awards from the Community Foundation of Western MA.
And for those of you won prize money for the most unique donors or donations, you should have received your checks for these prizes too.
As for Razoo: Disbursements are mailed out on the 10th of the month, and EFTs are deposited on the 10th as well…
Here is a great how to video for those of you who want to check on your Razoo disbursements through your Razoo Donation page.
If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Valleygives[at]communityfoundation.org .

Power Hour #5 WINNERS

We’re in the final count down folks, keep giving at www.valleygivesday.org – we can taste $2 million making our community a better place to live!  Here is the latest round of $1,200 Power Hour winners:

Donor Nonprofit
Jonah Zuckerman and Rebecca Busansky Academy of Music Theatre
Rachel rosen COMMUNITY ACTION OF THE FRANKLIN, HAMPSHIRE, AND NORTH QUABBIN REGIONS INC.
Nancy Houde COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES INC
Priscilla Novitt CONWAY SCHOOL OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN INC
Gayle Pemberton FAMILY DIVERSITY PROJECTS INC
Delia D Pless FLYING OBJECT
Leo Vansteensburg Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm
Amy Ware FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY MEALS PROGRAM INC
Hannah Gyovai GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON INC
Joan M Daly HOLYOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY CORP
Jill Grossman LANDER~GRINSPOON ACADEMY SOLOMON SCHECHTER DAY SCHOOL
Miryam E Williamson NEW ENGLAND LEARNING CENTER FOR WOMEN IN TRANSITION INC
Christopher M Bowen NORTHAMPTON MONTESSORI SOCIETY INC
Richard Wagner NORTHAMPTON SURVIVAL CENTER INC
Catherine M. Hegarty PIONEER VALLEY CHINESE IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Jeri L Buchholz SNOW FARM-THE NEW ENGLAND CRAFT PROGRAM INC
Manon E Floquet STARLIGHTS YOUTH THEATRE INC
CARLOS A MASSA Stone Soup Cafe
Dana C Pasquale TREEHOUSE FOUNDATION INC
Marie E Armentano Whole Children

Power Hour #4 WINNERS

What a day it has been (and we still have until midnight–keep up the impressive giving at www.valleygivesday.org!).  We are pleased to announce the most recent 20 Power Hour winners, where each nonprofit just scored an additional $1,200.

Donor Nonprofit
Barbara Richardson FRIENDS OF SCHELL BRIDGE
Christopher Seeley FRIENDS OF VERITAS PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL INC
Cornelia Klimczak NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER INC
Cynthia Kowalczyk PALMER PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
David Cahillane GIRLS INCORPORATED OF HOLYOKE
Heather Van Sickle GATEWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
John Mew YOUNG HEROS FOUNDATION
Joseph Kwiatkowski Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS National Office)
Kimberly Snyder AMHERST MONTESSORI SCHOOL INC
Linda Wentworth JONES LIBRARY INC
Louise Schuhlen WOMANSHELTER COMPANERAS INC
Mariluz Melendez AIDS FOUNDATION OF WESTERN MASS INC
Maureen A. Flannery MASS AUDUBON SOCIETY – Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries (Arcadia)
Pamela J Plumer ARENA CIVIC THEATRE INC
Ruth west FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORPORATION
Sheryl Hruska GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC
Susan Kelley NEW ENGLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATES INC
Timothy F. Murphy CARING HEALTH CENTER INC
Trang Tran Valley CDC
Valerie D Caro FRIENDS OF HAMPSHIRE COUNTY HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS INC

Power Hour #3 WINNERS

The wait is over, here are the 20 lucky winners from our most recent Valley Gives Power Hour!   Keep the giving going at www.valleygivesday.org .  Congrats to these $1,200 winners:

Donor Nonprofit
CHERYL L RAUCH THOMAS J OCONNOR ANIMAL CONTROL AND ADOPTION CENTER FOUNDATION INC
donald f smith WOMENS FUND OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Antonios Maroulis AMHERST EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC
Elvira Yanez CANCER CONNECTION INC
Shannon M Cooley CHILDRENS CHORUS OF SPRINGFIELD
Nancy Shafer CONNECTICUT RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL INC
Leslie Tane GANDARA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER INC
Sheila C. Dusza HOLYOKE MERRY-GO-ROUND INC
Deborah L Augherton HUMAN RESOURCES UNLIMITED
Gina Margillo KARUNA CENTER FOR PEACE BUILDING
Jana R McClure MOTHERWOMAN INC
Alison Berman MUSIC IN DEERFIELD INC
Tom Ewing NEW CENTURY THEATRE INC
Anna Martini NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO FOUNDATION INC
Marisa Filippone Peace Development Fund (Prison Birth Project)
Janine T. Giles READER TO READER INC
christopher j. shea SAFE PASSAGE INC
David B Tierkel SERVICENET INC
Joan Kagan Levine Square One  d/b/a Springfield Day Nursery
Mark W. Teed SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Power Hour #2 WINNERS!

Each of the 20 nonprofit listed below just won $1,2000 because someone donated to them at www.valleygivesday.org between 10 am and 11 am was randomly chosen.  Here they are, the lucky winners!

Donor Name Nonprofit
Nicola Metcalf AMHERST BALLET THEATRE COMPANY INC
Gregory T Sikes CHRISTINAS HOUSE
Charlotte Jones COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL OF SPRINGFIELD INC
Elizabeth H Stone COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL, INC
Jennifer D Bennett DAKIN PIONEER VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY INC
Christa Jordan EAST LONGMEADOW EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT FUND INC
John Hellweg ENCHANTED CIRCLE INC
Caryl Rose Pofcher FRIENDS OF HOSPICE HOUSE INC (Hospice of the Fisher Home)
Elliot M Altman HILLEL THE FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CAMPUS LIFE (UMass Hillel House)
Felicia B Buendo LINK TO LIBRARIES INC
Alexander VanLeer OUT NOW INC
Suzanne M. Auerbach PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY INC
Michael Cianci REBUILDING TOGETHER SPRINGFIELD INC
Kira Jewett Remineralize the Earth, Inc.
Carol Hendricks SACRED HEART CHURCH
Louise K Barlow THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING INC
Mark H Allen THE NOLUMBEKA PROJECT INC
Faith Kaufmann TRUSTEES OF THE FORBES LIBRARY
Jean L Wagener UNITED WAY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY INC
Katherine Kruckemeyer VALLEY WOMENS MARTIAL ARTS INC

Power Hour #1 Winners

That’s right, we’re starting Valley Gives day off BIG by awarding 12 nonprofits $1,200 each in our first Power Hour of the day!  Help your favorite nonprofit win one of these Golden Tickets by making a donation at www.valleygivesday.org. The lucky winners are…

Donor  Nonprofit
Karen Warreb ARISE INC
Sonia Krotkov CASA LATINA INC
Robert H Sand FRANKLIN LAND TRUST INC
Emilie S Woodward FRIENDS OF THE HILLTOWN COOPERATIVE CHARTER SCHOOL INC
Pamela Schwartz FRIENDS OF THE HOMELESS INC
robert baevsky JEWISH GERIATRIC SERVICES INC
Keith E. Tatlock KANES KRUSADE INC
Thomas W Wansleben MOUNT GRACE LAND CONSERVATION TRUST INC
Josephine Rodriguez NEW SPIRIT INC
Lynde Rusher Firman North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens (DBA), a project of Learning Alternatives, Inc.
Susan Patterson NORTHWESTERN CHILDRENS ADVOCACY PROJECT INC
Lauren e Tabin PROVIDENCE MINISTRIES FOR THE NEEDY INC

MEDIA RELEASE: VALLEY GIVES: ON THE ROAD TO $2 MILLION

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11 DECEMBER 2013
MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Kusek at communication angle
413.575.1435/michael@communicationangle.com – or -
Caroline Deltoro at the Community Foundation
of Western Massachusetts
413.732.2858/CDeltoro@communityfoundation.org
 
 
VALLEY GIVES: ON THE ROAD TO $2 MILLION

After months of preparation it’s up to the residents of western Massachusetts to show more than 350 participating nonprofits their generosity
 
Springfield, MA – There are just under 24 hours to go until over 350 local nonprofits and programs will participate in Valley Gives, the 24-hour e-philanthropy event in western Massachusetts. To help promote participation Valley Gives organizers will have three teams roaming around western Massachusetts.  These mobile giving teams will be spreading information about Valley Gives as well as traveling with iPads to help passersby make gifts to their favorite nonprofits!
The Valley Gives Generosity Teams will be found at:

TEAM A


  • MONARCH PLACE, DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD: 7:30 am –10:30 am
  • 
TOWER SQUARE, DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • NORTHAMPTON AREA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT/POPCORN NOIR, EASTHAMPTON: 4:45 pm – 7:00 pm

TEAM B

  • 
WHOLE FOODS, HADLEY: 8:00 am — 11:00 am

  • THORNES MARKETPLACE 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

TEAM C – Riding the Peter Pan FUTURELINER Bus


  • BIG Y, WEST SPRINGFIELD: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • 
BIG Y, GREENFIELD:12:00 pm –2:00 pm

  • BIG Y, NORTHAMPTON:3:00 pm –5:30 pm

At the end of the long day a celebration is being hosted by the organizers at Easthampton’s newest restaurant/lounge, Galaxy (60 Main Street, Easthampton). Invited guests and sponsors will gather to watch the final totals for the day roll in.

Valley Gives will take place Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 12 AM to 11:59 PM. Gifts can be made at www.valleygivesday.org. Potential donors are encouraged to follow Valley Gives in real time on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ValleyGives or on Twitter @ValleyGives.

Valley Gives is a new initiative spearheaded and hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.  Joining this effort as partners are eight of the leading funding organizations serving western Massachusetts, including: Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Jewish Endowment Foundation, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, United Way of Hampshire County, United Way of Franklin County, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, and The Beveridge Family Foundation.

Valley Gives is generously supported by Featured Sponsors: Big Y, Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation, Inc.; Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury, Murphy, P.C., UBS Keady Foard Montemangi Wealth Management Group and The Dennis Group, LLC. Underwriters: Balise; Peter Pan; United Personnel, Andrews Associates, Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Paragus Strategic I.T. as well as numerous individual donors.

Featured Media Sponsors include: Newspapers of New England (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder and Valley Advocate), The Republican and masslive.com and WWLP TV-22.  Additional media sponsorship comes from: The Reminder Publications, The Westfield News Group, Saga Communications (WRSI-FM, WHMP-AM and HITS 94.3) and Lazer 99.3.

Valley Gives is powered by Razoo, the crowdfunding platform for causes. To date, Razoo has helped Massachusetts-based organizations raise more than $52 million through secure, easy-to-use, online fundraisers.

(EDITOR NOTE: A complete list of participants is available on request)
 

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