The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, has announced grants totaling more than $2.8 million, including more than $350,000 in Imagine a New Way grants, representing the foundation's latest step toward becoming an anti-racist organization and centering racial justice in its work.
The foundation's first round of grants in 2021 includes support for racial equity and justice programs, COVID-19 relief and response efforts, and organizations working to strengthen the arts, education, the environment, and/or their communities. Grants awarded to organizations working to advance racial equity and justice include $100,000 to the Fair Redistricting in New Jersey Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation in support of public engagement, transparency, and community representation in the state's redistricting processes; $100,000 to New Jersey Policy Perspective, a nonpartisan think tank whose research is focused on economic, social, and racial justice; and $25,000 to Salvation and Social Justice, a grassroots community organizing network that engages the Black faith community across the state in social and racial justice work.
Additional recipients include the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, which was awarded $200,000 for regranting to arts and culture organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; the Boonton Reservoir Enhancement and Access Project, which was awarded $50,000 in support of its engineering, geotechnical, archaeological, and environmental assessments and continued stakeholder engagement in neighborhoods adjacent to the reservoir as well as Jersey City; and the Branch Brook Park Alliance Fund, which was awarded $50,000 to install a wi-fi network and for the park's upkeep.
"Weeks after the Atlanta attack marked a turning point in the rise of anti-Asian hate and violence, the latest in our country's history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gendered violence, it is more clear than ever that we cannot return to the way things were," said Dodge Foundation president and CEO Tanuja M. Dehne. "Dodge's Imagine a New Way transformation has begun to change what we do and how we do it to achieve our vision of an equitable and just New Jersey so that New Jerseyans of all races and communities have what is needed to realize a quality life."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation website.
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