Transparency & Accountability

Trains In The Valley takes very seriously its responsibility to be transparent and accountable. Our goal is to model the best practices used by other similar not for nonprofit community organizations. We firmly believe that with transparency comes trust.

With that thought in mind, we are pleased to provide additional details about the structure of our organization and its finances.

Organizational Status

Trains In The Valley launched on April 12, 2016.

We are currently conducting business as an unincorporated nonprofit association.

We have not incorporate as a nonprofit corporation with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or applied for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code tax code. We intend to do so at some point in the future.

We have obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of establishing a bank account with Florence Bank, 85 Main St, Florence, MA 01062.

We have registered our association with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. Our Charity Registration Form and Annual Filing(s) can be viewed by searching for “Trains In The Valley” on the Attorney General’s Charities Document Search web page.

The Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc., a tax-exempt Section 501(c)(3) organization, has agreed to act as an interim fiscal sponsor for Trains In The Valley. Fiscal sponsorship is an agreement through which an organization without tax-exempt status — but which could qualify for it — partners with an existing tax-exempt organization in order to receive donations and grants.

The Trains In The Valley website — which is published under the domain name — is managed using the platform.

Financial Reports

Fiscal year reports

FY2016 | FY2017 | FY2018 | FY2019 | FY2020


All reports have been saved as PDF files.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the financial statements presented above.

Use of funds (in FY2021)

In 2021 we used our funds for the follow purposes:

  • Advertising & promotion
    • Facebook ads
  • Information technology
    • Domain name registration (annual)
    • Software for managing content (Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Acrobat Pro)
    • Website hosting
  • Office Expenses
    • Event supplies
    • Holiday wreaths for the station platform in Northampton
    • Office supplies
    • Paypal transaction fees (for donations received)
    • Printing (timetables for local distribution)
    • Registration fee (annual) with the Mass AG Public Charities Division
  • Travel
    • Rail travel to/from Windsor Locks1

1 For an article on how to get to get to Bradley Airport via public transit

Website stats (for 2022)

Users | 41,327

Pageviews | 118,727

Most viewed pages (top 10) | views

#1 – Homepage | 19,088

#2 – Live rail cams | 16,461

#3 – Amtrak Vermonter | 11,086

#4 – Vermonter Extension to Montreal | 6,299

#5 – Valley Flyer | 5,140

#6 – Freight Railroads | 4,348

#7 – Trains to the Big E | 3,947

#8 – East-West Rail in Massachusetts | 3,677

#9 – Springfield Union Station | 3,458

#10 – Holyoke station | 2,906

Acquisition channels | users (% of users)

Organic Search | 25,621 (61%) – 96% of this is Google Search

Direct | 9,370 (22%)

Social | 4,196 (10%) – 94% of this is Facebook

Referral | 3,035 (7%)

Source: Google Analytics

Page last updated: January 2, 2023
Page last reviewed: November 9, 2021