Release date: 12/14/2015


Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley award more than $100,000 to Dutchess nonprofits 


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley announced more than $100,000 in grant awards to 22 Dutchess County nonprofits at a reception for grantees held on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg. 

The grant awards included the Community Foundations’ own Community Response Grants, and grants from the Northern Dutchess Fund and the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, to support equipment updates, programs and professional development for staff and board members. Additional support was provided to the Community Response Grants program this year from the Lola J. Sherman Trust of New York Community Trust, among others. The new Jeannette F. Schlobach Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County awarded five grants to Dutchess-based organizations that provide programs and services to economically disadvantaged individuals, families and their pets, toward opportunities for greater economic opportunity, self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

Guest speakers included Christine Wolcott, Researcher and Database Manager of the Anderson Center for Autism, Michele Pollock Rich, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, and Christina Boryk, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Each spoke with passion about the ways in which funding received through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley makes a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

“We are proud to support the excellent work of these Dutchess County nonprofit organizations and their tremendous dedication to improving the quality of life and addressing the challenges people in our community face daily,” said March S. Gallagher, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. “A gift to the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is a gift back to our region. The donors who create their funds with us and the nonprofits who choose to place their endowments with us know that we are their trusted partner in addressing our region’s most pressing needs.”




Dutchess County Grant Recipients
Anderson Center for Autism
Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Chamber Foundation
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.
Community Family Development, Inc.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Dutchess County SPCA
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Family Services
Grace Smith House Inc.
Half Moon Theatre
Hudson River Housing, Inc.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, Inc.
Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities
North East Community Center
Nubian Directions II, Inc.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project
RDC Loaves and Fishes Inc.
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County
Stanford Free Library






About The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley


Serving all of Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is 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 $54 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.cfhvny.org.



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