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About the Community Works Campaign

Community Works is a philanthropic campaign supported by Vassar employees, students, and trustees for local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2001 Community Works has raised over $1 million and funded over 50 different groups in the Hudson Valley.

Community Works helps local organizations doing critical work in areas such as:

  • Mental health
  • Domestic violence
  • Environmental education and advocacy
  • Youth services
  • Arts 
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Hunger
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ services

Grant Criteria

We focus on local non-profit organizations that are mostly small to medium sized. They must have a 501(c)(3) legal status and agree to adhere to Vassar’s College’s non-discrimination policy. Local programs of statewide or national organizations are hard to select for a grant, because we cannot guarantee that Community Works funds will be spent in the Hudson Valley.