COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts have infiltrated every aspect of our lives and further revealed our interconnectedness and that we are only as safe as those members of our community who are most vulnerable – not only those with health conditions, but communities of color, immigrant communities, and low-income communities that are already in distress.
Dodge has awarded more than $2 million in COVID-19 relief and response grants using funds from the Foundation’s administrative, operating, and grants budgets as well as additional spending from its endowment. In addition to signing onto the Council on Foundations' Pledge, Dodge pledged to stand with and support the nonprofit sector and our grantee partners, work with trusted philanthropic partners to support the emergency needs of communities, intensify our commitment to equity, steward our financials for the long-term benefit of an equitable New Jersey while tailoring our responses based on phases of the disaster lifecycle model and being respectful of and flexible to the needs of our nonprofit partners.
Since the pandemic, Dodge has provided urgent relief to the most vulnerable communities in our state, including people and communities of color, and helped nonprofits stabilize their operations and respond to the needs of their communities. In addition, Dodge is continuing to provide strategic relief and support through general operating support grants to current grantee partners to sustain their operations while also building new relationships with organizations with a focus on grassroots advocacy, community organizing, and power-building initiatives to inform, engage, and activate people and communities of color in the near-term response phase of the crisis.
As we look toward 2021 and build toward an equitable recovery, the Foundation aims to further equip people and communities of color with information and opportunities to lead to greater social change as significant federal and state stimulus infusion of dollars are deployed to meet the needs of businesses, communities, and individuals. The nonprofit sector and most impacted communities will be essential to providing expertise, knowledge, and relationships with community stakeholders to help ensure resources are equitably distributed.