Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Established as the Poughkeepsie Area Fund in 1969, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has evolved over the years to support the philanthropic and charitable sectors in Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster counties. Managing some $54 million in assets in more than 500 funds as of June 2015, the Community Foundations assists its donors in awarding more than $3 million in grants annually to nonprofits and students in the Hudson Valley and beyond. It also provides technical assistance to area nonprofits through seminars and information on nonprofit management, charitable giving, philanthropy, and endowment funds. The Dyson Foundation supports the Community Foundations with general operating support.
Dyson Foundation grants to the Community Foundations also provide program support for a field trip grant program for teachers in high-need school districts.
In Putnam County, Dyson Foundation funds have provided general operating support plus a challenge to encourage gifts to the Community Foundation of Putnam County, so that grants can begin to be made in direct support of Putnam County needs.
Grants to the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley speak to the Dyson Foundation’s interest in the themes of Nonprofit Strength and Enhancing Education, through grants that generate and encourage additional philanthropy, as well as grants that enhance student learning opportunities.