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Hudson Valley Funders Network Launches New Effort to Help Region’s Nonprofits Adapt to COVID Realities

New Website Provides Access to Resources, Webinars & Supportive Information

The Hudson Valley Funders Network—a leading group of charitable organizations in the region—is partnering with and funding the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) to provide capacity building support and guidance to Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations reeling from myriad challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership this week launched a new website at hudsonvalleyfundersnetwork.org to provide essential resources and support for the region’s nonprofit organizations.

“This website was created as a central, accessible place for Hudson Valley nonprofits to access the information, resources, and support needed to build and strengthen their ability to sustain their charitable missions,” said Andrea L. Reynolds, President & CEO, Dyson Foundation. “We encourage all Hudson Valley nonprofits to access the workshops and resources, and contact NYCON for an initial assessment and to access the capacity building support that may be needed to emerge stronger through this crisis.”

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the Hudson Valley Funders Network (HVFN) came together to find ways to support the region’s nonprofit sector. HVFN conducted two surveys of nonprofits – one with the Center for Effective Philanthropy in April and the other with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) in June – to assess how the sector was faring. The results clearly indicated tremendous pressures on nonprofits in every sector. (The key findings and results of these surveys can be accessed on the HVFN website.)

“Nonprofits have demonstrated their resilience and creativity in challenging times throughout history, often with scarce resources. To ensure essential programs and services can be preserved and sustained, organizations must have the capacity to adapt strategically in times of significant change. We hope the information on this site can help you do just that,” said Doug Sauer, CEO, NYCON.

In addition to providing a series of webinars targeting nonprofits seeking to recover and strengthen from the pandemic, NYCON offers nonprofits numerous opportunities to gain technical assistance, including:

• Organizational Assessment
• Financial Infrastructure Assessment
• Financial Reporting, Cost Accounting, Cash Flow Analysis
• Human Resources
• PPP Forgiveness and for the Anticipated New Round – Direct Assistance
• Fund Development Planning
• Amendments to Bylaws, Certificates of Incorporation and Charters
• Board & Staff Facilitations
• Strategic Planning
• Partnerships, Mergers, Acquisitions & Dissolutions
• COVID-19 re-opening consultation
• Policy Development (e.g. fiscal, HR, confidentiality, gift acceptance)
• Recruitment of Board Members
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assessments & Consultation

Charitable organizations comprising the Hudson Valley Funders Network, include: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, the Community Fund, Dyson Foundation, Field Hall Foundation, Foundation for Community Health, James J. McCann Charitable Trust & the McCann Foundation, Kaplan Family Foundation, Krupp Foundation, MVP Health Care, NYS Health Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Rowley Family Foundation, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, United Way of Ulster County, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and the Westchester Community Foundation.

Hudson Valley Nonprofits Struggling to Survive, Serve Under Pandemic Financial Burdens

Region’s Charitable Foundations Band Together to Explore Solutions

Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations are struggling to survive the negative financial impacts brought on by the ongoing pandemic as they simultaneously strive to meet the growing needs of the many communities they serve, according to a recent survey of 291 nonprofits conducted by the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON) on behalf of a consortium of the region’s charitable foundations. Respondents included nonprofits serving communities in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. In response to the survey’s dire findings, the network of philanthropic foundations is exploring ways to provide targeted financial and technical assistance to nonprofits, particularly those providing essential human services.

Read more: Hudson Valley Nonprofits Struggling to Survive, Serve Under Pandemic Financial Burdens

Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles Website Re-Launched

June 17, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Erika Rosenberg, Center for Governmental Research, 585-327-7066
March Gallagher, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, 845-452-3077
Elizabeth Rowley, Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, 845-769-9393
Andrea Reynolds, Dyson Foundation, 845-677-0644
Jeannie Montano, United Way of the Dutchess Orange Region, 845-471-1900

Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles Website Re-Launched
Site Provides Insights into Trends, Needs in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties

POUGHKEEPSIE—Center for Governmental Research (CGR) Principal Erika Rosenberg unveiled the recently enhanced and expanded Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles site, a source of in depth, comparative information about Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster counties that provides nonprofits, government agencies, and related institutions throughout the region with an important tool for assessing and understanding the populations they serve. The website, located at www.mhvcommunityprofiles.org, is available to the public and will be consistently updated with new data.

During a relaunch event held at Locust Grove on May 30th, Ms. Rosenberg demonstrated how to navigate the site, including the new dashboard and map functions, discussed how it will prove useful to various types of organizations, and pointed out some interesting trends found within the comparative data. Steve Densmore and Briana Maloney of Choice Words, a Hudson Valley-based resource for grantwriting and public relations services, discussed how they use the site, and the importance of including reliable data in both small-and large-scale grant applications, including the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). A video recording of Ms. Rosenberg’s presentation is available on the homepage of the Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles site.

“Good information doesn’t save lives or revitalize communities—but without it, public policy and private philanthropy can’t be effective,” said Ms. Rosenberg. “We’re pleased to have the continued partnership and support of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, the Dyson Foundation, and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region in the expansion of this information resource. We hope that community nonprofits and the public sector will find that this website stimulates dialogue about needs, and cooperation around goals, policies, and programs.”

More than 90 nonprofit and government leaders from throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region attended the relaunch event, including representatives from the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council, Dispute Resolution Center, Dutchess County Government, Family Services, Friends of Seniors, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Mid-Hudson Library System, Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, Scenic Hudson, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, Vassar College, and Wild Earth, among many others.

In 2010, when the website was initially launched, the three original funding partner organizations (Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Dyson Foundation, and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region), with input from local health and human service providers, selected 50 indicators within the following fields to be represented on the site: children and youth, community engagement, demographics, economy, education, financial stability, health, housing, and public safety. This year, four new indicators were incorporated including, drug-related deaths, living wage, share of foreign-born residents, and income by poverty level.

“We are very excited to relaunch the expanded and enhanced website, which makes a great deal of regional data and analysis easily available to the public, and now for four additional counties in the region,” said Andrea L. Reynolds, President and CEO of the Dyson Foundation. “We believe that access to this easy-to-use, comparative indicator data, will continue to be useful to the region’s nonprofits, educational institutions, businesses, government agencies, and individuals.”

“The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is pleased to continue to fund the website in partnership with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, the Dyson Foundation and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. Through our support of the Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles, we will continue to provide organizations the ability to track community conditions, develop programs, and effect change that will contribute to the well-being of citizens in the Hudson Valley,” said March Gallagher, President and CEO of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

“The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is proud to be a new partner of the refreshed Mid-Hudson Community Profiles website, and to ensure community indicator data is now available to the Sullivan County community,” said Elizabeth Rowley, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

“We are delighted to continue our funding partnership to ensure this information remains available to our community, nonprofit partners, and residents,” said Jeanne Montano, President and CEO of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “Knowing more about our area will help us make use of our strengths and address areas for growth which will improve lives.”

The website includes the following features:

  • A regional profile that includes dashboard, map, dynamic charts, data tables, and analysis of the seven–county region (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster) based on a consistent set of 59 indicators.
  • Key trends analysis for the nine main fields.
  • A summary report compiling key trends for the region.
  • Demographic indicators, including total population, age of population, population by race and ethnicity, and household type.
  • Regular updating of indicator data, charts, and analysis, as well as regional summaries.
  • The ability for users to export data into a CSV format such as Excel.

Many cities and regions around the country have similar community indicator projects and CGR has developed and maintains such projects for other states and communities such as Arkansas, Essex County (MA), Rochester (NY), Knoxville (TN), Berks County, (PA), and Delaware.

The Center for Governmental Research (CGR) (www.cgr.org) was founded in 1915 by George Eastman as a bureau of municipal research in Rochester NY to serve as an “independent, non-partisan agency for keeping citizens informed.” Today as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rochester, CGR’s activities focus on issues that affect the quality of life in communities both inside and outside of New York State.

Background

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley— Since 1969 the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has been a driving force in philanthropy in the region, distributing funds from thousands of donors to connect people who care with causes that matter. Administering more than $80 million in assets, we work with donors to provide grants and scholarships, establish endowment funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes, and collaborate with government, private foundations and local leaders to address current and emerging needs. Learn more at www.CommunityFoundationsHV.org.

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan—Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan’s mission is to enable charitable individuals and organizations to become meaningful donors by providing trusted support and expertise for their contributions to make a difference in our community, now and forever. For more information about the Community Foundation call 845-769-9393 or visit https://cfosny.org/.

The Dyson Foundation—The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation. Established in 1957, it is led by Robert R. Dyson, who has served as its Chairman since 2000. The Dyson Foundation awards grants throughout New York’s Dutchess County and Mid-Hudson Valley, as well outside the Hudson Valley. The Dyson Foundation's mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life in the region for all of its residents, especially those most vulnerable or economically disadvantaged. For more information visit www.dysonfoundation.org

United Way of the Dutchess Orange Region—United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region brings together people and resources to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. For individuals and organizations that want to help improve the health of their community - United Way is the platform that enables individuals, groups and companies to make a difference - individually and collectively - in whatever way they wish to contribute their time, talent, and treasure. For more information visit http://www.uwdor.org/.

 

Survey Paints Stark Picture for Valley Nonprofits.

Income Plummets while Many See Increased Need for Services

Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations are reeling financially because of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. For many, this has driven up the need for services while simultaneously causing a dramatic drop in revenue due to plummeting donations, fees for services, and canceled fundraising activities. For others, it has meant a temporary halt to income-generating programs and activities.

Read more: Survey Paints Stark Picture for Valley Nonprofits.

Need for Child Care Subsidies in Mid-Hudson Far Outstrips Supply

May 15, 2015

Contact: Steve Densmore, Press Liaison, Dyson Foundation (845) 234-8713 sdensmore@dyson.org

Need for Child Care Subsidies in Mid-Hudson Far Outstrips Supply

MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY—Demand for government child care subsidies far outstrips supply, leaving many low income families struggling to pay the high cost of child care throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, according to a recently-released report by the Center for Government Research (CGR).

The report, Child Care Subsidies in the Mid-Hudson Valley: An Analysis of Need, Availability and Trends, states that only 12% percent of eligible children in Dutchess County were receiving child care funding in 2013, while the percentages participating were even lower in Ulster (11%), Sullivan (11%), Orange (10%), Columbia (10%), Greene (10%), and Putnam (7%), counties.

Child care can be an expense that is simply out of reach for low-income families. A family needing full-time care for an infant can pay as much as $13,100 per year. "Compare that to the before-tax earnings of a minimum wage worker - $18,200. If this worker has a second child, work becomes a near impossibility," the report states.

"The Dyson Foundation supported CGR's research for this report because access to quality child care for economically disadvantaged families is so important but so often a financial hardship. This report provides subsidy data and trends to advocates, policy makers, and the public, and will hopefully inform conversations about how to address this ongoing need," said Cecilia Stancell, program officer at the foundation.

In recent years, Dutchess and Orange have each created waiting lists, as the number of families seeking subsidies outpaced the number the counties could afford to serve. Both counties also reduced the eligibility threshold to 125% (from 200%) of the federal poverty level. In the fall of 2013, about 80 Orange County families lost their subsidies with 10 days' notice when the threshold was reduced.

"With child care subsidies reaching only 10% of the children who could potentially benefit, it's clear there is unmet need throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. And with subsidies increasingly concentrated in poor families, many working families with low incomes are struggling to meet their child care needs," said Erika Rosenberg, the study's author.

From 2007 to 2013, the number of subsidies provided in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster counties increased 6%, from 2,866 to 3,031. Aside from a bump up in 2010 to 3,285 due to additional federal funding from the stimulus package, the number of subsidies provided has hovered very close to 3,000 per year. The number of subsidies increased in Dutchess (12%), Orange (3%), Columbia (18%) and Putnam (27%) and decreased in Ulster (-2%) and Greene (-10%).

Over the same time period, federal and state funding for subsidies increased 22% in Dutchess and 12% in Columbia, while falling 16% in Greene and Putnam, 11% in Orange, and 9% in Ulster after adjusting for inflation.

The federal government provided additional funding for subsidies in 2010 as part of the stimulus package aimed at lifting the economy out of recession. In that year, the number of subsidies increased in the three counties to almost 2,900. But when that funding expired, counties had to find ways to cut back, often by lowering the income eligibility level.

As you would expect, this has had the effect of concentrating subsidies among poorer families. From 2011 to 2013 (the only years with available data), the number of subsidies going to families with income below the poverty level increased 38% in Columbia, 34% in Dutchess, 24% in Putnam, 18% in Greene, 18% in Orange, and 2% in Ulster, while there were declines in subsidies to families with income above the poverty level in all counties.

"The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. receives calls daily from parents who are looking for child care, but are unable to afford the cost and do not qualify for a subsidy. Parents want their children to be in safe, nurturing and educational programs. But without financial assistance, working families are often forced to settle for unregulated, unsafe and undependable care or leave the workforce altogether," said Jeanne Wagner, executive director of the council.

Child care is expensive – not only for families but also for government. Spending in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster totaled $17.4 million in 2014-15, but estimates by CGR suggest it would cost $100 million just to serve all eligible families with incomes below poverty.

But, the study suggests, there are ways to target additional subsidies to those most in need. For example, targeting families with income at or below poverty, or those with children 0-3 are two potential strategies.

As research and attention continues to focus on the importance of the early years of childhood in setting a good foundation for learning, and the benefits of reliable child care to workers and employers, New York policymakers will likely face increased pressure to support quality care and education – including the child care subsidy program.

To learn more, see the full report (updated in April), Child Care Subsidies in the Mid-Hudson Valley: An Analysis of Need, Availability and Trends.

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