Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

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Collectively, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and our affiliates administer more than $52 million, represented through 530 charitable funds. In 2014, we accepted $5 million in donations and awarded $3.2 million in grants and scholarships. Throughout our history we've awarded more than $29 million that have made a positive impact throughout the Hudson Valley and nationally.

Our History

In 1969, a small group of Poughkeepsie professionals and community leaders met to share their vision of a foundation organized and supported by the community which could meet the distinct needs of its residents.  In 1969, their planning led to the creation of the Poughkeepsie Area Fund, the forerunner of today's Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  Established with a grant of $100,000 awarded by the McCann Foundation, the Community Foundation was launched, thus bringing the initial vision to reality.

Today, we work with people who wish to ensure and enhance the quality of life in Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties by supporting efforts related to arts, education, community development, conservation, health, and human services.  Our grants are awarded to local, regional, and national organizations, and our success stories speak volumes about the power of a community foundation.

Notable local community contributions

We spearheaded the initial capital campaign which resulted in the construction of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

We acquired and restored two historic landmark buildings: The Vassar Brothers Institute and the former Vassar Home for Aged Men; (these buildings are now managed by the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center).

We provided low-cost rental space to a number of nonprofit agencies serving the community.

We provided the resources to construct the Stanford Medical Center in Stanfordville, in partnership with the Stanford Lions Club.