Media Release: VALLEY GIVES RETURNS FOR THE THIRD YEAR

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 JULY 2014
MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Kusek at communication angle
413.575.1435/michael@communicationangle.com

VALLEY GIVES RETURNS FOR THE THIRD YEAR: NOW WITH EVEN MORE PHILANTHROPY
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

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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.

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$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.

 

 

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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 .
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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
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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
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