250 nonprofit organizations are gearing up for Valley Gives 2014.

With training starting on Monday, September 8th, there is excitement in the air at the Community Foundation of Western MA. The 250 nonprofit organizations, who have registered so far, are in for some great development advice and new tools as they head towards the best Valley Gives day ever.

Not registered yet? What are you waiting for? Go to ValleyGivesday.org and make the first move towards a successful campaign.


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Announcing our Early Bird Registration Winners

Congratulations to our winners of an Early Bird Registration prize of $500! NESEA- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Cancer Connection, Inc. and Lupa Zoo!!!

Looking forward to seeing them – and all of you at the ValleyGives trainings that start on the 8th!

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Last chance to be in the running for winning 1 of 3, $500 early-bird registration prizes.

Register your nonprofit by September 1st, 11:59 PM and be eligible for 1 of 3 $500 awards to be drawn on Sept 2nd. Don’t miss out! Be one of the 1st prize winners of Valley Gives 2014.


Get your invitation to participate in our terrific free training sessions. The first one starts on September 8th. Once you register you will receive and invitation to sign-up.

Join us for one of the most generous days of the year VALLEY GIVES DAY, December 10, 2014!


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220 and counting! Register today!

We want you back!

Just 7 weeks of Valley Gives registration under our belt and we have 220 organizations registered! What are you waiting for?

Registration is open until November 14th, but training will start September 8th. The sooner you register the sooner we can invite you to join us for free training in:

Social Media
Valley Gives Day’s new features at our Open House Training Days

Nonprofits that register by September 1, 2014 will be eligible to win one of three randomly selected $500 awards donated by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

You can look here for help on registering: Registration FAQ’s

The Razoo team is waiting to provide guidance too: Support@razoo.com

In July we visited the Razoo Customer Service Center in Washington, DC and worked out every kink so you can have an easy registration experience. These friendly faces are here to help.


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17 JULY 2014
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On July 18th, the wildly-successful fundraising event opens registration to nonprofits in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Event set for December 10, 2014.

WHO: Valley Gives is organized and hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Joining this effort as partners are eight of the leading funding organizations in 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
The Beveridge Family Foundation

WHAT:  Valley Gives is a 24 hour e-philanthropy event scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to encourage supporters of nonprofits based in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties to log on and contribute via http://www.valleygivesday.org – a centralized web-enabled and mobile giving platform.

WHEN: All day, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WHY: In the last two years Valley Gives Gives has raised over $3M from more than 15,000 donors. A comprehensive infographic that includes county-by-county statistics as well as demographics of donors is available at the Valley Gives blog.

“This year’s goal is to encourage as many people as possible to donate to their favorite group or groups. Our survey last year indicated that an overwhelming 99% of participants that completed our survey want to donate again this year,” said said Kristin Leutz, Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.”Could we get to 20,000 participants this year? We think this is a realistic and exciting goal.”

Nonprofits that participate this year will find some changes with the way the event is organized. Based on suggestions of past participants, nonprofits will find: a more flexible sign-up period with easier registration, a new prize pool structure making it easier for nonprofits of all sizes to win and even more training opportunities that will be provided on an expanded schedule both in-person and online.

Nonprofit organizations that serve Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties have until Friday, November 14th to register to participate. Interested nonprofits may register at http://www.valleygivesday.org. Nonprofits that register by September 1, 2014 will be eligible to win one of three randomly selected $500 awards donated by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

When donors visit the Valley Gives website on December 10, 2014 between 12 AM and 11:59 PM, they will be able to make gifts to their favorite nonprofits. Thanks to generous sponsors and donors to Valley Gives, $225,000 in unrestricted cash prizes and exciting bonus matches will be given out to nonprofits that inspire the most donors. There will also be bonus matches for first time donors, nonprofits that meet challenges to their donors as well as many more new opportunities to win.

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.

Gifts can be made on 12.10.14 at http://www.valleygivesday.org. You can follow Valley Gives in real time on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ValleyGives, on Twitter @ValleyGives and on Instagram at ValleyGives.

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Valley Gives 2013: A Look Back

Last week we posted a great infographic highlighting some accomplishments as well as facts and figures about last year’s Valley Gives.  This week we’re posting an expanded look at some of the information – in written form.

Give it a good look to see where your organization fits in! You can download it at this link right here: Valley Gives 2013: A Look Back

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Valley Gives 2013 At-a-Glance

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Information on 2014 registration coming soon.

We are NOT yet registering Nonprofits for 2014 Valley Gives, but we are gearing up for this year’s Giving Day and will be posting when registration is open on our Valley Gives blog , Facebook page and our Twitter account (@ValleyGives). The most effective way for you to be informed as to when we are ready for Nonprofits to register is to subscribe, like and follow us on these social media networks. Keep your eyes open in July for the opening of registration dates. When registration is open our giving day website (valleygivesday.org) will be updated and registration will be well laid out and easy to follow. 

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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

Topics include:


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Valley Gives to sponsor PodCamp WesternMA


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.

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