MOHAWK VALLEY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Tuesday, September 20th, the Community Foundation of Herkimer, and Oneida Counties began the week-long ‘Mohawk Valley Gives’ campaign, which is intended to raise money for local organizations that will give back to the local community.

The 24-hour live event had 1,000 donors, 118 participating organizations, and ultimately raised over $400,000. Local businesses included The Project Fibonacci Foundation, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, The Utica Zoo, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI), Empowered Pathways, Anita’s Stevens-Swan Humane Society, The House of Good Shepherd, and more.

“When we began to discuss ways to mark the Community Foundation’s 70th anniversary year, the idea of an organized community giving day seemed like a natural way to put the focus where it belongs—on our nonprofit partners,” said Alicia Fernandez Dicks, president/CEO. “Mohawk Valley Gives has the potential to enhance donor support for the organizations that meet so many needs, and not just this year. We plan to make this an annual event that grows support for nonprofits over time so they can do more for our two-county community.”

Donors had the chance to directly sponsor the local causes they care about with incentives, by starting fundraisers, or by simply donating.

“The Kelberman Center is very excited to participate in Mohawk Valley Gives,” said Kelly Carinci, chief development, and communications officer. “This is such a great way for our community to come together to support all the work that local nonprofits are doing. We will be able to reach donors and community members in new ways to help promote our life-changing autism services for children, adults, and families. We hope to gain new friends and partners on September 20th and possibly for years to come.”

Donations are being accepted through September 30th. Anyone interested in making a donation or viewing the donation leaderboards can visit the Mohawk Valley Gives website, here.