At Galvan Foundation, we believe that building a true American democracy requires strong advocates, thriving communities, and cultural expressions that foster civic participation.


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About Us


alvan combines the shared philanthropic and professional work of founders T. Eric Galloway and the late Henry van Ameringen. Eric and Henry jointly supported many emerging and established nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups, fighting for:

  • LGBTQ equality
  • Affordable and permanent supportive housing
  • Community development
  • Mental health awareness and services
  • HIV/AIDS equality, protections & decriminalization
  • Drug policy reform
  • Equal rights and opportunities for all

Galvan’s democracy-focused approach to philanthropy will honor the values central to our founders’ years-long activism for a just and equal society.

Our mission:
to work for an American democracy that achieves its true potential

Residents at Galvan Civic Motel
Galvan Armory, home of the Hudson Area Public Library

About Us

We are advocates, developers, creators, and funders building a true American Democracy through four core programs:


We support organizations that advocate for social justice and the protection of fundamental rights. We provide funding to those fighting for true democracy locally, nationally, and worldwide. We provide resources to groups and individuals so they can better hold government accountable. We believe that a true democracy depends on strong advocacy organizations and individuals that can stand up for human rights and dignity.


We invest in communities that support democracy in pursuit of the common good. For example, we build mixed-income housing and spaces for education and child care programs, entrepreneurs, and community spaces for arts and culture. We believe that democracy is stronger when we can all live and grow together as neighbors.


We support artistic and cultural expressions that highlight pressing social issues by providing engaging experiences that inspire individual and collective action. The program supports individuals and organizations whose work advances the promises of true American Democracy.


We identify and support organizations that further our mission by advancing the goals of our HVA Advocacy Fund, Common Good, and Arts & Letters programs.

to Create & Preserve:

Scattered site mixed-income housing

and special needs housing in historic buildings and a 25-room motel meeting emergency housing needs in collaboration with Columbia County Department of Social Services

Commercial & community facility space

in historic buildings and neighborhoods, including space for Bard Early College Hudson, Columbia Opportunities, Rolling Grocer 19, Northern Rivers Family Services, National Young Farmers Coalition, and Berkshire Farms Center & Services


and academic support to economically disadvantaged students through Galvan Graduation Program, a partnership with Columbia Greene Community College

Grants for homeowners

for making essential repairs through a Home Improvement Program

Commercial spaces for small businesses

including restaurants, art galleries, retailers, a grocery store, and a publishing company