Dyson Foundation Announces Management Assistance Program for Mid-Hudson Valley Nonprofits

March 8, 2002

Contact: Ceclia Stancell 845.677-0644

MILLBROOK, NY – The Dyson Foundation of Millbrook, New York announces the creation of a new program to support and strengthen local nonprofit organizations – the Mid-Hudson Valley Nonprofit Management Assistance Program (MAP program). The Foundation has committed over $750,000 to this project for the next year. The goal of this new initiative is to help local organizations improve their internal operations, administration and management. “The Foundation has learned that it is not enough to support just good ideas and good works, we have to enhance the management capacity of nonprofit organizations at the same time. We believe that well-managed, efficient and effective organizations will be able to carry out their missions with greater impact – and deliver more and better services to the community” said Diana M. Gurieva, the Foundation’s executive director.

“Nonprofit organizations are a vital part of the life and the health of the Mid-Hudson Valley” said Rob Dyson, president and board chair of his family foundation. “We want to help them do a better job, whether their job is feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, educating the young and the old, helping to create jobs, or enhancing our environment and the cultural opportunities in our communities.” With this initiative, the Dyson Foundation joins a growing number of foundations and grant-makers around the country that have chosen to invest in building the capacity and strengthening the infrastructure of nonprofit organizations.

The main elements of the Dyson Foundation MAP program are:
  • A grant award to The Council of Community Services of New York State (CCSNYS) to open a regional office in Poughkeepsie to centrally serve the Mid- Hudson region. CCSNYS is a management support provider organization based in Albany that has been working with nonprofits across New York State since 1927. Their services to nonprofits will include: workshops on topics such as fund raising and strategic planning, organizational assessments, one-on-one consulting, legal assistance, nonprofit accounting, strategic alliance and merger planning, retreat facilitation, and group purchasing, such as for insurance coverage for nonprofits. CCSNYS is a membership organization, open to all nonprofits in New York State, that charges competitively low fees for their services. The Dyson Foundation believes that CCSNYS will bring significant expertise and resources to nonprofits throughout the region.
  • A Foundation-administered Mini-Grant program to help board, staff and volunteer leaders with financial support to hire consultants or to attend conferences, workshops and seminars. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis, and can be applied to CCSNYS’ consulting or training fees or to the provider of an organization’s choosing. A streamlined application process will accommodate quick turn-around and will make the application process as simple as possible for applicants. All nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status based in the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster are eligible to apply for Mini-Grant funding. Current Dyson Foundation grantees may apply for Mini-Grant funding in addition to their existing grants.
  • A Cash Flow Loan program to allow organizations to continue operating without a disruption of services when funding from other sources is delayed. Current Mid- Hudson Valley Dyson Foundation grantees may apply for short-term interest-free loans from this revolving loan fund. Loans of up to $50,000 are available against fully approved government contracts and foundation or corporate grants. Loan recipients will pay a small service charge, most of which will be refunded on timely repayment.
  • Technology consulting from the Foundation’s Information Technology manager for current Mid-Hudson Valley Dyson Foundation grantees. This may include technology planning and budgeting assistance.

The MAP program will be administered by Dean K. Stein, the Foundation’s deputy executive director. For more information about the MAP program or the Dyson Foundation, please visit www.dysonfoundation.org. For more information about CCSNYS, visit www.ccsnys.org.

The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grant-making foundation established in 1957 by the late Charles H. and Margaret M. Dyson. The Foundation is led by Robert R. Dyson who has served as the Foundation’s President since 2000. Headquartered in Millbrook (Dutchess County, New York), the Foundation awards grants in two main funding areas: a diverse regional funding program in the Dyson family’s home community of the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State and a national initiative in training in community pediatrics, known as the Anne E. Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. Endowed through bequests from the estates of Charles H. Dyson and Margaret M. Dyson, the Foundation’s assets presently stand at over $300 million. During 2002, it will award grants in excess of $14 million.

For more information about this press release, contact:
Cecilia Stancell (845) 677-0644