Since 1969, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has facilitated regional philanthropy. Throughout our history we have brought together caring individuals, organizations and governmental agencies to address urgent and emerging needs. In response to the quickly evolving spread and impacts of the Covid-19 virus here in the Hudson Valley, we are mobilizing to serve you. These are some of the ways we are shifting to address the situation as it arises:
Operating with Intention
To protect the health of our donors, partners and staff we are working remotely. This also follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to 'flatten the curve' and practice social distancing.
- You can contact individual staff members via email or telephone at 845-452-3077. Our telephone system forwards voice messages to staff, and they will respond within one business day.
- You can make donations and grant requests online. If you are uncomfortable donating online, we can still receive checks mailed to the office or wire transfers. For wire transfer instructions, please contact our Finance Office. We thank you for your patience as some aspects of those processes may be slower.
After reflection and consideration, we have decided to cancel our annual spring events. This was not an easy decision to make, but one that we hope will contribute to the well-being of our community. It is still our intention to celebrate the contributions of local teachers (as we would at the Partnership in Education Awards ceremony), and professional advisors (as we would at the Professional Advisors Breakfast). We will be in touch as further updates are available.
We decided to extend our scholarship application deadline from April 1, to May 1. This decision centers on the needs and access of students during school closures. We are proud to invest in the educational dreams of local students and look forward to announcing the recipients as soon as possible.
Helping the Helpers
In this time when information and needs are changing every day, our commitment to the community continues to be steadfast. To date, we have awarded more than $1 million in emergency grants throughout the region
. Here are the specifics on how we're delivering our mission to facilitate philanthropy, galvanize our community and shore up vital services by:
There are many ways you can make a difference right now. If you want to support the local economy and contribute to the well-being of our community, we recommend supporting Hudson Valley nonprofits. All together, our regional partners employ thousands of caring professionals who provide important services. Whether you want to make a gift that will provide medical equipment and healthy food today or invest in a brighter tomorrow, we can offer recommendations for effective giving.
Lastly, we are working with fellow funders to support our community - both in short and long-term scales.
In a quickly changing environment, we are focused on finding opportunities to mitigate the consequences of Covid-19 locally. Shoring up the ability of our partners to serve others is a key priority and we welcome your feedback and interest in achieving this. We believe that pivoting from a perspective of reaction to an approach of resilience will best support our community's ability to move forward.
In this time of great challenge and uncertainty, we are here for you. With more than 50 years of experience enabling your philanthropy, and an investment strategy that focuses on perpetuity - we will continue to be your Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
To support immediate response efforts in: