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Like many philanthropists, Charles Dyson (1909-97), founder of the Millbrook-based Dyson Foundation, thought he should give something back. “We were making a little more money than we expected, and we were not giving as much as we should,” wrote the pioneer in leveraged buyouts upon launching the foundation in 1957.

Since its founding, the family-operated Dyson Foundation has dispensed hundreds of millions of dollars for education, the arts and culture, medical research, government reorganization and regional studies for improving life in the Hudson Valley and (initially) New York City.

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