Results from the First Annual “Hudson Valley Gives” Day of Philanthropy

Organizers Award $12K in Prizes to Participating Charities and Causes

Montgomery, NY – “Hudson Valley Gives,” our region’s first ever day of online giving, May 18, was a huge success, raising more than $143,000 for 201 local nonprofit charities and causes. The online fundraiser, fueled by the power of social media, was organized by Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, in collaboration with United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Participating organizations from Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties gathered at Newburgh Brewing Company to celebrate the inaugural campaign’s success and compete for more than $12,000 in prizes awarded for campaign successes. Pets Alive, from Middletown (Orange County), raised the most dollars in 24 hours and garnered the most donors overall. Circle of Friends for the Dying, in Kingston (Ulster County) won a matching gift of $1,000 for most donations during the “power hour” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and a prize for the most donations between midnight and 6 a.m. Abilities First, Dutchess Outreach, and Spark Media, all based in Dutchess County, won prizes for most dollars raised at different intervals throughout the day. Spark Media also won for the best fundraising campaign, overall. The full list of prize winners is online:    

Prizes were awarded through the generosity of the Dyson Foundation and others.

“We are thrilled by the dollars raised, the number of organizations that participated, and the generosity of our neighbors who answered our call to action to give generously to help meet the financial needs of our local charities and causes,” said Elizabeth Rowley, Community Foundation President and CEO.

Because of the excitement, event organizers will keep the giving open through midnight, Friday, May 27, when Memorial Day weekend kicks off. There is “something for everyone” to support, including animal shelters, arts groups, and ambulance corps; libraries, historical societies, and museums; farmland preservation; food pantries; human service organizations, health agencies, and hospitals; recreation and youth groups; scholarship funds, and veterans organizations, too.  

“All donations are collected online, are deposited directly into the bank accounts of the charity you wish to support, AND,  stay right here in the Hudson Valley,” said Community Foundation Director of Development, Michelle Terwilliger-Hathaway. “Shop local. Dine Local. Give Local.” To support your favorite local charity, visit, then share news of your donations online and use #HVGIVES as the hashtag in your social media!

Photo Caption: Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President & CEO, with Derrik Wynkoop CFOS Chairman.