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  • (September 4, 2018) Dodge Foundation Board President Preston Pinkett III announced Cynthia Evans has been named interim president and CEO. Read more here

  • (July 9, 2018) At its second board meeting of the year at Dodge offices in Morristown, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees awarded 90 grants totaling $3,756,000 to nonprofit organizations working in arts, education, environment, and informed communities, and also elected new leadership. Read more here

  • (June 7, 2018) After eight years leading one of New Jersey’s largest and most well-known philanthropic organizations, Chris Daggett is retiring as president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation on September 1. Read more here. 

  • (May 7, 2018) At its first board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees awarded 55 grants totaling $2,693,000, in addition to $26,000 approved in December. Read more here.

  • (May 1, 2018) Dodge arts grantees are invited to register for one of two free Prudential Loan Fund clinics. Read more here

  • (April 15, 2018) The Dodge Foundation is excited to partner with DataArts to present a free and new capacity building series on evaluation and data collection for Arts and Education grantees. Read more here.  

  • (July 11, 2017) At its second board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved $5.28 million in grants to nonprofit organizations whose work in the arts, education, environment, and informed communities make life better for residents and communities throughout New Jersey. Read more here.

  • (June 22, 2017) The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is pleased to announce that Meghan Jambor has been named Informed Communities Program Officer and Communications Director. Read more here

  • (April 12, 2017) At the first board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 57 grants totaling $2,692,000 to nonprofit organizations whose work in the arts, education, environment and informed communities impact citizens throughout the state for a better New Jersey. Read more here

  • (February 23, 2017) Dodge grantees are invited to join us and our partners at Social Impact Studios on March 24 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown for a Public Image Works North Regional Salon. Learn more about communications best practices, explore new tools and test your own public image with your peers. Learn more and register here

  • (February 14, 2017) We're excited to team up with Local News Lab Fellow Jeanne Brooks to host ListenUp: New Jersey, a creative studio in community engagement. The creative workshop is on March 10 in Lawrenceville. Learn more and register here.    

  • (January 30, 2017) Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett announced the Foundation will be making reductions in our grantmaking and undertaking a strategic review of our work this year. Read more here.

  • (December 22, 2016) At its final board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Board of Trustees approved $2.4 million in grants to 58 nonprofit organizations dedicated to building stronger communities in New Jersey, bringing the total amount awarded this year to more than $10.3 million. Read more here. 

  • (December 6, 2016) Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program, have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Read more here.  

  • (October 26, 2016) NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, announced an open call for original poetry about the impacts of drug addiction. The poetry initiative is part of the network's year-long community engagement project addressing the Garden State's opioid and heroin overdose epidemic, entitled Healthy NJ: New Jersey's Drug Addiction Crisis. Read more here

  • (October 5, 2016) The Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Victoria Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Newark Public Schools today announced the creation of the Pi Chubb Newark Field Trip Fund, a $1 million dollar endowment ensuring Newark children get outside their classrooms to experience field trips that enhance learning for many years to come. Read more here.  

  • (September 27, 2016) The Dodge Poetry Festival Full Festival Program is available. Read more here. 

  • (September 22, 2016) Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett, Robert Wood Johnson President and CEO Risa Lavazzo-Mourey and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers President Nina Stack were named among Lead New Jersey’s “30 Leaders for 30 Years” honored Sept. 22 at the organization's special anniversary gala. Read more here

  • (September 11, 2016) The NJ-based Arts Ed Now campaign officially launched on September 12, 2016 during national Arts Ed Week – with advocates featuring the initiative at local and statewide levels all week long. Read more here

  • (July 20, 2016) At its second board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 95 grants totaling $4.5 million to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen communities in New Jersey. Read the full press release here

  • (June 22, 2016) Join us at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 for a #BetterNJ Twitter Chat on Random Acts of Art & Community happening right here in New Jersey. Learn more here

  • (May 26, 2016) The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation today announced many of the poets and other performers who will be participating in the 16th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, October 20-23, 2016. Read the full press release here

  • (May 23, 2016) The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation are pleased to announce six New Jersey arts professionals are among the first class of a new training program designed to increase the diversity of the leadership of arts and culture organizations. Read more here

  • (May 2, 2016) We're hiring a full-time grants manager. Read the full job description

  • (April 12, 2016) At its first board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 57 grants totaling $3.3 million to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen communities in New Jersey. Read more here

  • (March 9, 2016) The Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation make $45,000 in Field Trip New Jersey awards to New Jersey schools. Read more here

  • (February 19, 2016) The Crossroads Theatre Company's production of Nikkole Salter's Repairing a Nation was featured in WNET's Off-Broadway theater collaboration, Theater Close-Up. Catch the play online here

  • (February 11, 2016) Today we release Lessons Learned from the Local News Lab: Building a more connected and collaborative news ecosystem, sharing what we’ve learned from our experiments in revenue and community engagement for local news. Read a blog here and download the full report here

  • (January 7, 2016) The Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation are excited to announce the launch of Field Trip New Jersey, a new fund to support opportunities for students in under-served communities to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences. Read the full announcement here

  • (December 22, 2015) At its final board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 62 grants totaling $2.9 million to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, bringing the total amount awarded this year to more than $11 million. Read the full announcement here

  • (November 16, 2015) Dodge is excited to announce the return of the Jersey Give Back Guide, a Jersey-centric online giving guide featuring some of the Garden State’s most effective and respected nonprofits. Read the full announcement here.

  • (October 22, 2015) Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett joined other arts leaders on a panel discussion on “The Arts as an Economic Driver” at a recent NJ Spotlight conference on cities. Read the story here. 

  • (October 14, 2015) More than 225 members of the Dodge Foundation family attended Dodge's first-ever grantee gathering at the Hyatt Morristown to answer the question, "How can we make great things happen together?" Learn more here.

  • (October 8, 2015) Three New Jersey newsrooms are some of the first journalists in the nation piloting Hearken, a new technology that lets the public assign stories and collaborate on reporting with newsrooms. Read the full announcement here

  • (October 7, 2015) The Gallery at 14 Maple's newest exhibit is now open. Visit us to check out Contrasting Abstractions, explores artists’ varied approaches to abstraction – through the use of different media, composition, color and vision. Read more here. 

  • (September 9, 2015) Registration is open for the Dodge Foundation Board Leadership Workshop Series. Click here for more information

  • (August 4, 2015) Dodge Foundation Trustees at their June board meeting approved 94 grants totaling more than $4.5 million that support nonprofit organizations in New Jersey dedicated to building sustainable, engaged, and creative communities. Read the full announcement here.

  • (August 3, 2015) The Dodge Foundation and Prudential Foundation announce the new Prudential Loan Fund, a zero-interest, no fee loan program for Dodge Arts grantees. Learn more here

  • (July 30, 2015) Coopers Ferry was awarded a $50,000 NEA Our Town grant to fund C-Note, a program to transform inactive spaces in the City of Camden into centers for civic dialogue, cultural preservation and revitalization.

  • (July 30, 2015) Audience Engine, a new community engagement and fundraising tool, is "super ambitious — and a culmination of my life's work," WFMU's Ken Freedman tells a Billboard reporter.

  • (July 28, 2015) Molly de Aguiar, Dodge Media Program Director, was interviewed about Dodge's work in New Jersey to seed and support the local news ecosystem with the goal of strengthening the fabric of our communities. Read it here

  • (July 23, 2015) The Dodge Foundation is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Center for Investigative Journalism to bring a statewide investigative reporting project featuring creative storytelling elements to New Jersey. Read Dodge's announcement here and another at here

  • (July 23, 2015) Five New Jersey theaters, including NJPAC and Mayo Performing Arts Center, ranked in the Top 100 theaters in the country with most ticket sales so far this year.

  • (July 20, 2015) Grow It Green Morristown will name a composting toilet in their Early Street Community Garden after Craigslist founder Craig Newmark after the philanthropist made a surprise $10,000 donation.

  • (July 6, 2015) Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre's artistic director for 25 years, was featured in American Theatre magazine's July cover story. Read it here.

  • (July 6, 2015) Dodge is excited to announce the launch of our #dodgetakeover series, in which grantees take over the Foundation's Instagram for a week. Follow @dodgefoundation on Instagram and read more here

  • (July 1, 2015) The Dodge Poetry Program is bringing back its Lunchtime Poems reading series this summer. Readings will be held on the Plaza in Military Park, Newark, NJ. Get the full schedule and learn more here

  • (June 30, 2015) Dodge is excited to announce our partnership with Free Press and launch News Voices New Jersey as a way to connect newsrooms and communities and build a collaborative network of people invested in local journalism. Read more here

  • (June 30, 2015) The Dodge Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Trustees: Tanuja Dehne, Jeff Jarvis and Finn Wentworth.Read more here

  • (June 22, 2015) The Arts Council of Princeton awarded the Dodge Foundation the Pride of the Arts Council Foundation Award for continued support. Learn more about the Arts Council of Princeton on its website,

  • (June 18, 2015) The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking will host its second annual Creative Placemaking event on June 26 in Newark. A limited number of free tickets are available for Dodge grantees. Register and learn more here 

  • (June 18, 2015) Molly de Aguiar, Dodge's Director of Media and Communications, and Josh Stearns, Dodge's Director of Journalism and Sustainability, will join colleagues for panel discussions at #ONA15 on September 25. Learn more about Molly's panel here and Josh's here.

  • (June 17, 2015) Dodge's support for the South Orange Performing Arts Center's dance series was featured in a story in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's website. Read it here

  • (June 17, 2015) A memorial plaque honoring the late Clement A. Price, a former Dodge Trustee, was installed at the Essex County Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Park, next to the Essex County Historic Courthouse. Read more here

  • (June 16, 2015) Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett delivered opening remarks at Engage Local, the second national conference of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Read more on the conference at

  • (May 29, 2015) The Center for Nonprofits is co-hosting Managing for Results: Strategies for Successful Outcomes Measurement from 9:30 a.m. to noon on June 24, 2015 at Seton Hall Law School in Newark. Read more and register here

  • (May 27, 2015) Wendy Liscow, Dodge Education Program Director, was among 100 advocates, leaders, educators and students recognized for their exemplary work and commitment and contributions to arts education honored with a New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education Distinguished Service Award. Read more here. 

  • (May 21, 2015) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships program.The application deadline for 2016 awards is 5 p.m. on July 15. Learn more and apply here

  • (May 20, 2015) Sustainable Jersey announces Shelley Poticha, the Director of the Urban Solutions Program at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), will kick off its 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 10 as the key note speaker. Read more and learn how to register for the event here

  • (May 19, 2015) Chris Daggett, Dodge Foundation President and CEO, was a panelist speaking about Design Thinking and Learning Together at the Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar May 18-19. Watch a video of the talk here

  • (May 18, 2015) Creative New Jersey invites residents, business owners and professionals in the Skylands region of New Jersey to the Creative Skylands Call to Collaboration on June 1-2 at The Growing Stage Theatre in Netcong. Learn more here.

  • (May 18, 2015) Ann Marie Miller of Art Pride NJ was honored with the Americans for the ArtsAlene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award at the organization’s 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. Read more here.

  • (May 13, 2015) DOTA 2 continues to be around with the best MOBAs alongside League of Legends for years. Since the prize pools for Your International have skyrocketed in the past few years, the gaming interest increased exponentially. Read more here.

  • (May 11, 2015) Join the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University for its second national conference, Engage Local, on June 15-16 to explore the smart ways media organizations are using engagement to report the news, create brand loyalty, fund their enterprises and turn an active ear towards their communities. Learn more here 

  • (April 30, 2015) The Dodge Foundation seeks an enthusiastic, curious, and collaborative candidate to join its team as Environment and Media Program Associate to help foster sustainable, creative, and engaged communities in New Jersey. The program associate will support the Program Directors for the Environment and Media, assisting with all facets of the grantmaking process. Read the full job description and learn how to apply here

  • (April 21, 2015) David Grant, former Dodge Foundation President and CEO, will be at the Union County Performing Arts Center 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 12 to sign copies of his new book, "The Social Profit Handbook." Learn more here

  • (April 10, 2015) The Rutgers University School of Communication & Information hosted "Quality Journalism in the Digital Age," a conference centered on a newly published report, Defining and Measuring Quality Journalism funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. "If we believe that journalism is core to our democracy, then we must support it actively and hold it to the highest standards," Dodge President & CEO Chris Daggett wrote on the Dodge Blog

  • (April 2, 2015) The Trustees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announced 63 grants totaling more than $3.4 million to support nonprofit organizations in New Jersey dedicated to building creative, sustainable, and informed communities. Read more here.

  • (March 30, 2015) The journalists behind three Local News Lab partner sites — Corner Media, Morristown Green, and Brick City Live — have recently been honored for their dedication to their communities. Read more here.

  • (March 25, 2015) The Dodge Foundation's media work was featured in a Knight Foundation Blog post. Read more here

  • (March 19, 2015) Sustainable Jersey announced it will host on June 10 the New Jersey Sustainability Summit, featuring educational sessions designed to share existing efforts and test emerging best practices, attendees will take home valuable resources to make progress in the community. Read more here 

  • (March 6, 2015) The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program announced three special Dodge Poetry at NJPAC events featuring poetry, music, dance, performance and conversation. The events are March 6, April 24 & May 15, 2015 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. Read more here 

  • (March 2, 2015) New state Department of Education data released shows 94 percent of schools in New Jersey reported offering arts education programs that provide access to nearly 1.3 million students and that student participation in high school arts programs grew to just under 50 percent of all students. Read more here

  • (Feb. 23, 2015) Creative New Jersey hosted Creative Atlantic City’s Call to Collaboration on February 23 and 24. Read more here.

  • (Feb. 23, 2015) A Sure Hand, the newest art exhibit hosted by Morris Arts at the Gallery at 14 Maple, is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment through Aug. 27. Read more here
  • (February 7, 2015) The Dodge Foundation announced that more than $73,000 was raised for the 22 nonprofits featured in the Jersey Give Back Guide, an online giving portal designed to streamline year-end giving and help you support some of the Garden State’s most effective organizations. Read more here.
  • (Feb. 2, 2015) Registration is open for the Dodge Foundation's Public Image Works technical assistance workshop. The series, free and intended for current Dodge grantees, begins in March and runs through July. Read more here

  • (December 11, 2014) The Dodge Foundation announced the appointment of Sharnita C. Johnson as its new Arts Program Director. Read more here
  • (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 has been released. Be sure to check it out at
  • 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 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. 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 release coincides with the launch of a new website with user-friendly tools to map the impacts of climate change.
  • (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 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. 
  • (May 30, 2014) The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival announced half-price tickets for high school, college and graduate students. For details, visit this Dodge Blog.
  • (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 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 NJ Spotlight's story here, and a blog post here.
    • (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. 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 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.

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For more than 40 years, the Dodge Foundation has made nearly $450 million in grants to nonprofits. With each grant, there is a story. Sometimes they are small success stories, like how our grant helped an organization reach out to more students, or helped connect more people with their natural surroundings. 

But sometimes they are big stories with far-reaching impact, like how our grant helped launch Sustainable Jersey, a statewide initiative that municipalities are now clamoring to participate in. 

We invite you to explore some of those stories here, and we hope you return from time to time — and on our blog as well — to see how we’re imagining a better New Jersey.

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