News and Announcements

New York State Census Equity Fund

The Dyson Foundation is proud to be a partner in the New York State Census Equity Fund (NYSCEF), a coalition of funders from across the state working to ensure an accurate census count in 2020. Many people don’t realize, but historically certain populations – especially communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, rural households, and young children – have tended to be undercounted. An accurate count during 2020 is incredibly important because it will form the basis for distribution of federal resources and fair representation in government over the next 10 years.

It is of particular concern that the 2020 census may present greater challenges than ever in obtaining an accurate count. This will be the first time that the data will be collected primarily online, making it difficult for those without internet access to participate. Additionally, given the current political climate, undocumented immigrants fearing deportation may be reluctant to make themselves heard.

In its second round of grants, NYSCEF awarded $1.4 million to community organizations across the state, including seven organizations right here in the Hudson Valley. To read more, click here to see the full press release.

 

Dyson Foundation Board Approves New Grants - December 2019

At its most recent meeting in December 2019, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved over $1.1 million in new grants to 44 different organizations. Major grants included:

CoveCare Center
Carmel, NY
Grant Amount: $100,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
Toward general operating support

Family of Woodstock
Kingston, NY
Grant Amount: $300,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
Toward general operating support

Grace Smith House
Poughkeepsie, NY
Grant Amount: $115,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
Toward general operating support

Hudson River Housing
Poughkeepsie, NY
Grant Amount: $170,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
Toward general operating support

Jewish Family Service of Orange County
Middletown, NY
Grant Amount: $105,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
For the Safety Net program

Mental Health Association
Hudson, NY
Grant Amount: $58,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
For the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood program

Natural Heritage Trust
Albany, NY
Grant Amount: $65,000
Project Term: 2019 – 2020
Toward the operation and maintenance of Upper Landing Park by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Safe Harbors of the Hudson
Newburgh, NY
Grant Amount: $145,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
Toward general operating support.

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Grant Amount: $100,000
Project Term: 2020 – 2021
For the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative