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Mohawk Valley Gives fundraising event returns on Sept. 20

By Traci DeLore (


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UTICA, N.Y. — The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties hosts “Mohawk Valley Gives,” its second-annual 24-hour day of community giving, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

More than 250 nonprofits are participating in the event, using social media and other means of engagement to encourage donors. The organizations support animal rights, disability services, racial equity, education, arts and culture, emergency response, poverty and hunger, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and more. The full list of participating nonprofits is available at

“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,” Community Foundation President/CEO Alicia Fernandez Dicks said in a press release. “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.”

The Community Foundation is partnering with The UpMobility Foundation, Staffworks and its annual Save A Life Campaign, and other fundholders that are offering matching funds and challenges making more than $1.5 million in leveraged funds available.

The foundation will also award more than 275 prizes totaling $75,000 available to every organization that receives at least one donation Sept. 20. While donations on the 20th help nonprofits maximize their fundraising goals, the Community Foundation will accept donations at through September 30.

Mohawk Valley Gives is presented by Staffworks and M&T Bank with 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.

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