NY HERO Act: Protecting Workers from Airborne Diseases

On May 5, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the NY HERO Act is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak. To learn more about your responsibilities as an employer, visit the Department of Labor NY HERO Act webpage, which includes both the plan requirements as well as industry-specific model plans that your organization can adopt.

Key Findings from the Mid-Hudson Valley Funders COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

In April of 2020, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) conducted a survey of the Dyson Foundation and other Mid-Hudson Valley Funders’ (“MHV Funders”) grantees, achieving a 38 percent response rate. The downloadable reports below outline the findings from that survey.


Hudson Valley Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic fall-out, a coalition of philanthropic grant makers in the nine (9) county Hudson Valley region (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties) joined with the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) to survey charitable nonprofits in order to assess the impact of COVID-19 on their financial and organizational stability and to gain insight as to their technical assistance, training and resource needs. The assessment is intended to help strategically inform the capacity-building initiatives of the grant makers as they, individually and collaboratively, respond to the immediate and future recovery needs of nonprofits and the communities they serve.


Resources for social sector decision-making in the context of COVID-19

Over the course of two months starting in late April 2020, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte began a wide-ranging dialogue with a diverse group of more than 75 nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, and social sector experts from around the country to understand what they were seeing and experiencing and what they anticipate might be coming over the horizon. These conversations informed a “futures-thinking” process aimed at helping funders and operating nonprofits: (1) consider the critical uncertainties of the moment, (2) reckon with the difficult, new “truths” emerging from the pandemic, and (3) explore possible future scenarios that may emerge over the next 12-18 months.