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The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties will host its second-annual 24-hour day of community giving, “Mohawk Valley Gives,” on Wednesday, September 20, to benefit local nonprofits serving the region.

More than 250 nonprofits are participating, using social media and other means of engagement to inspire and energize their donors. Support areas include animal rights, disability services, racial equity, education, arts and culture, emergency response, poverty and hunger, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and many others. The full list of participating nonprofits is available at givemv.org.

“Mohawk Valley Gives is a way for us to support our nonprofits in a way that encourages them to build their donor base, collaborate with other nonprofits and our staff, and ultimately promote the incredible work they do,” said Alicia Fernandez Dicks, president/CEO of the Community Foundation. “As an added bonus, these organizations also have the opportunity to win prizes and unlock matches and challenges all throughout the giving day. Last year, this community event raised more than $630,000 from over 1,800 unique donors, and we hope to make an even greater impact this year.”

Since last year’s inaugural Mohawk Valley Gives, the event has picked up momentum locally by partnering with The UpMobility Foundation, Staffworks for its annual Save a Life Campaign, and many other Community Foundation fundholders to offer matching funds and challenges, making available more than $1.5 million in leveraged funds for many participating organizations to take advantage of.

Donations will be accepted at givemv.org through September 30, but donations made on the September 20 giving day will help nonprofits maximize their fundraising goals throughout the day with donation matches, challenges and other Mohawk Valley Gives incentives, such as prizes.  

This year, more than 275 prizes totaling $75,000 will be awarded all throughout the day on September 20. Prize awards will be announced via the Community Foundation’s Facebook page.  Also new this year is the “Piece of the Pie” Prize Pool, sponsored by the M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation. This prize pool will incentivize every organization that receives at least 1 online donation on the 20th, making it possible for every organization to walk away with extra earned cash.

Mohawk Valley Gives is powered by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, presented by Staffworks and M&T Bank and made possible by the following sponsors: The UpMobility Foundation, Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation, Bank of Utica, Charles A. Gaetano Construction, First Source Federal Credit Union, Mastrovito Hyundai, Bank of America, Caruso McLean Investment Advisors, Berkshire Bank, Baird – The Earl Savery Group, C&D Advertising, The Mele Family Fund of the Community Foundation, Cliffs Local Market, Mohawk Valley EDGE, Assured Information Security, Smart Carrier, Pulver Roofing Company, Fox Pest Control, New Hartford Safe and Lock Co., Sentinel Media Company, Townsquare Media, and WKTV NewsChannel 2.

To support local nonprofits during Mohawk Valley Gives, visit givemv.org to donate.

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