Announcing $1.7 million in final 2018 grantmaking round

January 17, 2019 

MORRISTOWN — At their fourth board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation trustees approved $1.7 million in grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations for work in the arts, education, environment, and informed communities, bringing the total amount awarded this year to more than $9.3 million.

“Over the last year, Dodge staff and trustees have been exploring how our work will change through the lens of our new vision for an equitable New Jersey,” said Cynthia Evans, interim Dodge Foundation president and chief executive officer. “As we advance this vision, this next year will be critical to better understand the needs of people in the state and how the New Jersey nonprofit community may adapt, learn, and grow. We look forward to continue being on this journey with you.”

Dodge Trustees approved 50 grants at the board’s December meeting. They include two grants totaling $20,000 in Arts, 13 grants totaling $463,000 in Education, 23 totaling $928,000 in Environment, two totaling $30,000 in Informed Communities, and 10 totaling $271,000 in other areas of focus.

Highlights are below, and a listing of December grants is here. We invite grantees and those they serve throughout New Jersey to explore full details about our grantmaking in our online grants database.

  • $15,000 to Center for Non-Profit Corporations for research and development of an advocacy and stakeholder engagement strategy related to a New Jersey Charitable Giving Incentive Campaign and a public awareness campaign to build long-term support for the nonprofit sector.
  • $45,000 to Clean Water Fund for general operating support of education, outreach, and policy advocacy to ensure environment and climate justice remedies are advanced in Newark and disproportionately impacted communities throughout New Jersey. 
  • $10,000 to Grantmakers in the Arts to host a regional workshop for funders in the region to advance racial equity in philanthropy.
  • $20,000 to New Jersey Institute For Social Justice to support the coordination and support of a network of stakeholders working to ensure a complete and accurate Census 2020 count in New Jersey’s hard-to-count populations.
  • $20,000 to New Jersey Policy Perspective to support research and strategic support related to the Civic Information Consortium and a public education campaign to secure long-term funding for community news and information in New Jersey.
  • $25,000 to New Jersey Tree Foundation for general operating support to engage communities in urban forestry and stewardship, and implement a green jobs program.
  • $9,000 to Teach for America to support its culturally relevant training of teachers and school leaders working to transform classrooms in high-poverty NJ communities, and to share their expertise with the Trauma Coalition led by the Newark Arts Education Roundtable.
  • $40,000 to El Sistema New Jersey Alliance to connect and strengthen El Sistema-inspired programs statewide.

Dodge typically awards grants three times a year based on the deadlines you can find here

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation envisions an equitable New Jersey through creative, engaged, sustainable communities through arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry organizations and initiatives which connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.