The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grantmaking foundation headquartered in Millbrook, New York. Established in 1957, the Foundation is led by Robert R. Dyson, who has served as its President since 2000. The Foundation awards grants through a diverse regional funding program in Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The Dyson Foundation also makes grants outside the Hudson Valley to pre-selected organizations.
In addition to its core work of grantmaking the Foundation also initiates major projects that benefit the region as a whole, and sponsors critical research that examines issues that impact the Hudson Valley.
The Foundation’s assets presently stand at approximately $240,000,000 and in the year 2011 it awarded grants in excess of $19,500,000.
Founded in 1978, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Marist Poll has conducted independent research on public priorities, elections, and a wide variety of social issues. Through the regular public release of surveys, MIPO has built a legacy of independence, reliability, and accuracy. Its results are featured in print and electronic media throughout the world.