Announcing $3.7 million in grants, new board leadership

MORRISTOWN –  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 .

The grants awarded are the second of three rounds expected to be made this year under existing guidelines. Highlights of the grants are below. For a full listing, click below or view our grants database, which includes detailed information about each grant.

                      Full second round grants listing

In Arts, Dodge awarded 45 grants totaling $1,572,500. A $230,000 grant to Creative New Jersey supports statewide community-engagement that fosters creativity, cross-sector collaboration, and inclusion as a way to build thriving, equitable communities. Twelve grants totaling $317,500 support visual arts organizations, including a $35,000 grant to Artworks Trenton.

In Education, Dodge awarded 32 grants totaling $1,183,500. A $140,000 grant to Arts Ed NJ, formerly the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, supports its work in advancing arts education for all children throughout the Garden State. The grant is among five grants totaling $257,500 to organizations supporting policy, research, and strategic planning in arts education.

In Informed Communities, Dodge awarded five grants totaling $480,000. A $145,000 grant to Free Press supports its News Voices: New Jersey's network and work building support for the NJ Civic Information Consortium. A $100,000 grant to the Center for Cooperative Media supports its work continuing to grow, support, and strengthen New Jersey's news and information ecosystem for the benefit of residents.

In Environment, Dodge awarded two grants totaling $375,000, including $5,000 to Public Lab to support a convening of people who have worked together through crises such as Sandy, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the like. A $370,000 to Sustainable Jersey supports its work advancing sustainability and local action in New Jersey communities through certification programs and strategic initiatives and partnerships. 

Through its Technical Assistance program and other initiatives, Dodge awarded $145,000 in additional grants this round. These include a $75,000 grant to Morristown Neighborhood House to support its work providing quality preschool, afterschool, and other educational opportunities for Morristown's low-income, multi-cultural community, and a $15,000 grant to Pro Bono Partnership to support its work providing free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged individuals or providing other important community services in New Jersey.

On the leadership front, after serving as board chair since 2010, Christopher (Kim) J. Elliman has stepped down, and has been succeeded by Preston Pinkett III of Gladstone. Elliman will continue as a trustee. He joined the board 28 years ago. Pinkett was previously vice chair, and has been a trustee since 2002.

“On the heels of completing a bold new strategic plan and as we search for a new leader to replace President and CEO Chris Daggett, who recently announced his retirement, this is an exciting time for the Dodge Foundation,” said Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of City National Bank in Newark. “The board looks forward to guiding Dodge in the implementation of our vision for an equitable New Jersey, and Dodge’s role in achieving it.”

Pinkett has been at the helm of City National Bank for eight years. He also serves on the board of trustees of Montclair State University.

Barbara Moran was elected vice chair. A trustee for nine years, Moran is a former executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and State Museum. She is a resident of Trenton, and also serves on the boards of Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and Arts Ed NJ.

Finn Wentworth, who joined the board in 2015, was named treasurer. Wentworth is founder and partner of Normandy Real Estate Partners, a privately-owned real estate operator and investment manager. The firm is based Morristown, where Wentworth also resides.