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  • (Sept. 11, 2014) Sandy: Destruction/Constructions, an art exhibit at the Gallery at 14 Maple, is open through Feb. 11, 2015. Learn more about the exhibit and plan your visit here

  • (Sept. 4, 2014) Registration for Dodge's Board Leadership Training Series is open. Learn more about the workshops and our Technical Assistance initiative here. Register by Sept. 26. 
  • (Sept. 8, 2014) The full program for the 2014 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is released. Be sure to check it out at
  • (Sept. 4, 2014) Learn more about the effort to transform New Jersey's aging water infrastructure here
  • Grant proposals for the third round of Dodge Foundation funding are due no later than Aug. 29. How to apply: 
  • (August 6, 2014) Creative placemaking is catching on in New Jersey communities as a way to drive growth and change through arts, culture and innovation, writes Dodge President & CEO in an op-ed on Read on and share your thoughts on creative placemaking in the comments below: 
  • (August 4, 2014) Dodge Foundation President & CEO Chris Daggett and Environment Program Director Margaret share their thoughts on New Jersey's water infrastructure crisis in a blog series on the website of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. Read more here:
  • (July 31, 2014) The New Jersey Highlands Coalition, a Dodge grantee, announced grant awards to six preservation groups. Read more here
  • (July 30, 2014) Dodge's Local News Lab initiative and pilot journalism sites and Jersey Shore Hurricane News were featured in a PBS Mediashift story. Read it here
  • (July 29, 2014) The Dodge Poetry Festival announced its Main Stage Reading schedule. Learn more here
  • (July 18, 2014) The Boardwalk Stories From Sandy audio walking tour app, funded through the New Jersey Recovery Fund, debuts to offer listeners an opportunity to hear the stories of Hurricane Sandy survivors. It features 12 stops along the boardwalk, including a newly completed stretch destroyed twice, first during Sandy and again in the fire a year later. Read a Dodge story on the app here
  • (July 16, 2014) The Trustees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently approved $4.4 million in 90 grants to arts, education, environment and media nonprofit organizations throughout New Jersey. Please see the full news release here
  • (July 16, 2014) Passage Theatre at the Mill Hill Playhouse is the recipient of a competitive National Endowment for the Arts $50,000 grant. The grant will support the development of a cultural district plan for Trenton's first arts and cultural district, the Old Trenton Arts District. Read more here
  • (July 15, 2014) The Nieman Lab featured a story on WFMU's Audience Engine. Read more here
  • (July 10, 2014) The Dodge Foundation seeks an Arts Program Director to join our team of creative, dynamic program staff charged with supporting leadership, innovation and collaboration for a better New Jersey. Please read the full job description and learn how to apply here.
  • (July 7, 2014) After 13 years as a passionate advocate for the arts in New Jersey, the Dodge Foundation’s longtime Arts Program Director Laura Packer is leaving Dodge to join the Howard Gilman Foundation in New York City as its new executive director, effective July 22. Read the full announcement here. 
  • (June 27, 2014) The New Jersey Climate Adaption Alliance released a report recommending policy considerations to help New Jersey prepare for climate change. The report is the culmination of two years of research into the effects of climate change on New Jersey. On June 26th, NJ Adapt launched a new website with user-friendly tools to map the impacts of climate change.
  • (June 26, 2014) Art All Night Trenton drew a record crowd for 24 hours of art, music and food on June 21. Some 1,036 visual artists, more than 50 musical performers and 377 volunteers pitched in to make the event successful. Read a story about the event here
  • (June 25, 2014) New Jersey Future released its Agenda for Action to address New Jersey's aging urban water infrastructure, stemming from a May convening of stakeholders and leaders. Read a blog post here.
  • (June 20, 2014) NJ Spotlight on June 20 hosted Tackling New Jersey's Water Woes: What's Next? in Trenton. Here's an overview of the conference. 
  • (June 20, 2014) Centenary professor Lea Antolini was named recipient of the “Jete Award” at the 2014 Dance New Jersey Festival at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, located on the Douglass campus of Rutgers in New Brunwick.
  • (June 16, 2014) The Dodge Foundation launched its new Local News Lab website, dedicated to creative experiments in journalism sustainability. The lab is supported by Dodge and the Knight Foundation. Read a Nieman Journalism Lab story on the news here.
  • (June 15, 2014) ArtPlace America announced $14.7 million in grants to fund creative placemaking in communities throughout the country. New Jersey grantees included the Noyes Museum of Art and Cooper's Ferry Partnership. Read the announcement here. 
  • (June 6, 2014) The Trentonian featured the Hunterdon Art Museum, which celebrates its tricentennial this year. Read the story.
  • (June 3, 2014) Students at Eastside High School in Paterson recently worked with William Paterson University as part of a partnership to promote the traditional elements of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — with the addition of art — STEAM. Read the Bergen Record story and view a photo gallery from the day here.
  • (June 2, 2014) Sec. Shaun Donovan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the six winners of Rebuild by Design. Learn more about the project and winning designs at Rebuild By Design's website.
  • (June 2, 2014) Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's efforts to save endangered shorebirds in New Jersey was featured in a story by WHYY. Read the article here.
  • (June 1, 2014) The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of "The Tempest" has drawn rave reviews. Read NJ Monthly's review here.
  • (May 30, 2014) Are you a student who loves poetry? High school, college and graduate students receive half off the ticket price to the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. For details, visit this Dodge Blog.
  • (May 29, 2014) Gallery Aferro announced major plans for expansion in downtown Newark. Read about the expansion in a story by The Star-Ledger.
  • (May 28, 2014) A new smartphone application that lets you report oil spills and pollution off New Jersey's coast by Marine Defenders and backed by the American Littoral Society launched. Read about the app in the Asbury Park Press.
  • (May 22, 2014) Dodge Foundation and NJ Recovery Fund grantee NJ Spotlight was named New Jersey’s Top Independent Online Publication by the New Jersey Society for Professional Journalists. Reporter Scott Gurian, who covers the Sandy recovery effort as part of a collaboration with WNYC/New Jersey Public Radio, received a second-place award in the Online Enterprise/Series/Investigative Reporting category.
  • (May 20, 2014) Dodge partnered with The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and New Jersey Future to host a convening to develop an Agenda for Change for New Jersey’s Urban Water Infrastructure in Jersey City. Leaders explored challenges and opportunities for revamping water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in New Jersey cities.
  • (May 16, 2014) GlassRoots was featured by NJTVOnline for its Business and Entrepreneurship Program. Watch a video and read the story at
  • (May 7, 2014) A new report released by New Jersey Future funded by the Dodge Foundation details the need to address New Jersey's aging urban water infrastructure. Read NJSpotlight's story here, and a blog post here.
  • (May 15, 2014) Newark's Military Park, which will debut as a venue of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, opened to the public after a major overhaul. The Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau also recently opened to provide visitors with information about tourism opportunities.
  • (May 5, 2014) Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, was honored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs with a Women of Achievement Award, given each year to women who have gained visibility in New Jersey for distinguished service and outstanding accomplishments.
  • (May 2, 2014) Creative New Jersey hosted its Creative Highlands convening to discuss post-Sandy recovery. Watch a News12 video featuring Creative New Jersey Director Elizabeth Murphy from the event.
  • (April 25, 2014) Dodge partnered with Montclair State University's Center for Cooperative Media and NJ News Commons to host the inaugural Innovating the Local News Economy conference at Montclair State. Dodge President Chris Daggett told the journalists Dodge is committed to build the foundation needed for news organizations to become sustainable enterprises. Read's article here, and for more on the conference, read a blog by the New Jersey News Commons.
  • (April 22, 2014) The Dodge Poetry Festival announces its 2014 Festival lineup. The biggest poetry festival in North America -- this year featuring more poets than ever before -- will be held for the third year at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark Oct. 23-26, 2014. The announcement was covered by several news publications, including the New York Times and The Star-Ledger. 
  • (April 8, 2014) The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announces 65 new grants totaling $3.5 million for its first round of grants in 2014. Please see the full press release, which includes the grant listings.
  • (February 18, 2014) Dodge announces that it has been awarded a $2 million, two-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to test a variety of revenue models to help both for-profit and nonprofit news sites in New Jersey achieve financial sustainability. The grant will also enable Dodge to identify and fill gaps in coverage with seed grants, and work with a variety of partners to develop creative community engagement opportunities and ideas.

    For details of the grant, please see the press release. For more information about Dodge’s Media grants, please visit our website, and our blog.
  • (December 19, 2013) In its final round of grantmaking for 2013, the Trustees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation have approved 57 grants totaling $2.97 million. For the press release and full listing of grants, please click here.
  • (November 19, 2013) Today, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation launches the Jersey Give-Back Guide, an easy-to-use website that features a selection of New Jersey's most effective and inspiring nonprofits, and encourages the public to make year-end donations. It is sponsored by, which will promote it on its website. The Guide uses a handy and fun device called the "Generosity Generator" to help take the guesswork out of giving. To see which nonprofits were selected for the inaugural Guide, see the press release and visit the website.
  • (September 18, 2013) Come see the new exhibit, Seeing Space, at the Gallery at 14 Maple, which is free and open to the public. The opening reception, hosted by Morris Arts, is Thursday, September 26. Click here for full details.
  • (July 15, 2013) The Dodge Foundation announced that its Trustees have approved 94 grants totaling $4 million in its second round of grantmaking for 2013. Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett noted that these grants "represent some of the most effective and inspiring nonprofits in our state." The grants support Arts, Education, Environment and Media organizations dedicated to delivering exemplary programs and services to the people of New Jersey.

For the full press release and listing of grants, please click here

  • (April 23, 2013) The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announced today that its Trustees have approved 75 grants totaling $3.5 million in its first round of grantmaking for 2013. These grants support ArtsEducationEnvironment and Media nonprofits across the state dedicated to delivering high quality programs and services to the people of New Jersey.

For full details of the grants, please visit the Dodge Foundation’s easy-to-search grants database, which can be sorted by category of grant, location in New Jersey, and year the grant was made. There is also a map view of the grants, as well as detailed information about each individual grant.


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