Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awards $2.7 million in first grants of 2018
New grants support healing and understanding in response to Charlottesville violence
In March, 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.
Highlights of the grants are below. Click below for a full listing of grants, and here to view our grants database, which includes detailed information about each grant.
In Arts, Dodge awarded 30 grants totaling $992,500. With a $50,000 grant, Creative Capital will provide a financial and business management series that helps artists create and grow their work. The four-month program, combines a one-day strategic planning and fundraising in-person workshop, three live webinars, a series of online courses, artist working groups and small group phone consultations for artists in Trenton and Newark. The grant was among $270,000 awarded to organizations recognized for connecting communities and the arts, which also include support for Valley Arts in Orange, Center for Community Arts in Cape May, and Peters Valley School of Craft in Sandyston Township.
In Environment, Dodge awarded 21 grants totaling $1,341,000. A $65,000 grant to Rowan University helps fund the New Jersey Municipal Asset Profiler web mapping portal to support environmental decision making and the Conservation Blueprint, and to facilitate connections between New Jersey residents and the environment. In addition, seven grants totaling $350,000 support environmental restoration, urban greening, and stewardship in New Jersey cities, including grants to City Green in Clifton, Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, and Isles in Trenton.
In Education, Dodge awarded a $309,500 grant to Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship for continued support of the New Jersey Teacher Fellowship Program, part of a multi-year commitment by Dodge and other funders to improve how teachers are prepared for the classroom at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and across all subject matter areas, with a particular focus on STEM subjects.
Through its flagship Technical Assistance program and other initiatives, Dodge awarded $60,000 in additional grants this round. A $30,000 grant to the Center for Non-Profits supports the organization’s advocacy, public information, and educational activities to, and on behalf of, New Jersey's non-profit community.
A $20,000 grant to Grow It Green Morristown supports the organization’s mission to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship in Dodge’s hometown of Morristown.
Following the deadly violence last year in Charlottesville, Va., Trustees in December awarded three responsive grants to support community-driven efforts toward healing and understanding and against fear and prejudice in New Jersey. These grants, which were made outside Dodge’s program areas, were made to organizations known for their outreach to under-served communities and for efforts to build unity among disparate groups.
A $9,000 grant supports Wind of the Spirit, which organizes and trains immigrants and allies for social change, fosters understanding and appreciation among immigrants and non-immigrants, educates members of the immigrant community about their rights and responsibilities, advocates for human rights, and celebrates diversity.
Two grants of $8,500 each support the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which advocates for dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities program’s Humanities Lab: Black and Blue Together, which uses the humanities to confront and challenge perceptions based in stereotypes and misinformation, while building positive relationships between young people and law enforcement.