Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

“The Community Foundation’s commitment to its mission, along with the support of our donors, has led to the ongoing growth of the organization, with current assets of nearly $30 million. Since 2016, the CFOS has also served as the lead partner for Hudson Valley Gives, an initiative that not only generates financial support for hundreds of nonprofits in the Hudson Valley, but also serves to generate awareness of their mission and work.” — Elizabeth Rowley, President & CEO

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) serves as a vehicle for giving within its region, assisting those with a charitable interest to establish and distribute funding to community needs. Since its inception in 1999, CFOS has distributed over $13 million in grants and educational scholarships.

As a partner in philanthropy, CFOS was the recipient of two Dyson Foundation grants during 2019 – a multi-year general operating support grant and a program support grant – which serve as examples of the Foundation’s giving theme, Strengthening Nonprofits.

In addition to covering the cost of day-to-day operations, general operating support allows an organization to grow and expand its reach within its community. During 2019, CFOS completed a three-year strategic plan, primarily focused on growing the assets of the Foundation. General operating funds allowed the organization the flexibility to support this plan in a variety of ways, including providing for staff professional development, technology enhancements, marketing and communications improvements, and a coordinated focus on fund development efforts.

The Dyson Foundation also provided program funding to CFOS to support Hudson Valley Gives. This region-wide, online day of giving provides Hudson Valley nonprofits the opportunity to raise funds through a collaborative marketing program. CFOS has organized and managed this annual day of giving since its inception in 2016. In 2019, this effort resulted in over 2,900 donors contributing a total of $405,611.