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.
“Dodge is committed to supporting nonprofits working to enhance the quality of life in New Jersey for all residents and visitors,” said Chris Daggett, Dodge President and CEO. “Through creativity, curiosity and an inspiring commitment to their work, these organizations are leveraging their collective talents to build communities where all people are engaged in civic life, where diversity and culture are celebrated, and where cross-sector collaboration leads to thoughtful decision-making and effective solutions.”
In Arts, Dodge awarded $3,451,300 this year, including three grants totaling $102,500 in December, to nonprofits dedicated to fostering connections between people and art within their communities, inspiring the next generation of artists and adding to New Jersey’s creative economy.
In Education, Dodge awarded $2,834,300 this year, including 23 grants totaling $846,800 in December, to nonprofits dedicated to promoting the transformative power of arts education through the development of public policies and education advocacy, creation of model arts education programs, and provision of high-level training for school leaders and teachers.
In Environment, Dodge awarded $3,475,000 this year, including 26 grants totaling $1,480,000 in December, to nonprofits dedicated to nonprofits striving to create healthy watersheds, green cities, local food networks and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
In Informed Communities (formerly named “Media”), Dodge awarded $795,000 this year, including four grants totaling $265,000 in December, to organizations dedicated to providing high-quality, New Jersey-focused news and information across multiple platforms and to fostering civic participation in issues of importance.
Through its flagship Technical Assistance program and other initiatives, including support of organizations working in its hometown of Morristown, Dodge awarded more than $500,000 in additional grants this year to strengthen the state's nonprofit sector.