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 trainsinthevalley.org — is managed using the WordPress.com 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 FY2020)

Over the course of the year we use our funds for the follow purposes:

  • Advertising & promotion
    • Facebook ads
  • Information technology
    • Website hosting
    • Annual fee for the domain name
    • Software for managing content (Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Acrobat Pro)
  • Office Expenses
    • Printing timetables for distribution
    • Annual registration fee with the Mass AG Public Charities Division
    • Holiday wreaths for the station platform in Northampton
    • Paypal transaction fees (for donations received)

Website stats (for 2021)

Users | 36,574

Pageviews | 66,547

Most viewed pages (top 10) | views

#1 – Amtrak Vermonter | 11,044

#2 – Homepage | 10,490

#3 – Live rail cams | 4,795

#4 – Valley Flyer | 4,579

#5 – Freight railroads | 3,550

#6 – How to Get to Bradley Airport on Public Transit | 3,172

#7 – Vermonter Extension to Montreal | 3,064

#8 – Springfield Union Station | 1,666

#9 – Trains to the Big E | 1,156

#10 – East-West Rail Service in Massachusetts | 1,132

Acquisition channels | users (% of users)

Organic Search | 24,054 (65%) – 96% of this is Google Search

Direct | 6,593 (18%)

Social | 4,424 (13%) – 94% of this is Facebook

Referral | 1,613 (4%)

Source: Google Analytics

Page last updated: January 2, 2022
Page last reviewed: November 9, 2021