The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced grants totaling $2.4 million to nonprofit organizations in the state, boosting its total grantmaking for 2016 to more than $10.3 million.
In its third and final funding round of the year, the foundation awarded grants in the areas of the arts, education, the environment, community improvement/development, and technical assistance. The grants include $56,000 to the Creative Capital Foundation in support of career-building and professional development opportunities for a second cohort of New Jersey artists; $25,000 to the Community Foundation of New Jersey to establish a fund that supports opportunities for students from low-income families to connect their classroom learning with real-life experiences; $30,000 to the Nature Conservancy in support of the Conservation Blueprint, a forty-year vision for land protection in the state; $20,000 to New Jersey Policy Perspective for research and strategic programs related to the Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Incentive Auction as well as a public education campaign aimed at securing long-term funding in support of community news and information in New Jersey; and $60,000 to the Community Foundation of South Jersey in support of its efforts to boost community engagement and philanthropy in the region.
"New Jersey's nonprofit sector is strong and focused as ever on making people's lives better through leadership, innovation, and collaboration," said Dodge Foundation president and CEO Chris Daggett. "This year, we saw a new level of partnership and progress made in bringing communities together to find common ground and create long-lasting solutions that benefit everyone. We are privileged to invest in this work and partner with community leaders across New Jersey to overcome challenges through thoughtful, informed decision making."