The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has announced ninety-four grants totaling $4 million to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey working in the areas of education, media, the arts, and the environment.
Through its arts program, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $1.6 million to forty-one organizations. Recipients include the Trenton Museum Society, which was awarded $7,500 in support of its exhibitions and programming, and Ramapo College of New Jersey, which received $15,000 for its Sustainable Jersey City's Rain Garden+ART Initiative. In addition, twenty-six education nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $827,000. Recipients include the Rutgers Graduate School of Education ($42,000), the VH1 Save the Music Foundation ($30,000), and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ($25,000).
The foundation also awarded twenty-two grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to environmental groups in the state. Recipients include Sustainable Jersey, which was awarded $300,000 in support of its certification program for New Jersey municipalities and schools; New Jersey Future, which received $70,000 to highlight the need for water infrastructure improvements in the state; and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, which was awarded $15,000 to protect natural resources and safeguard critical watersheds. And, through its media program, the foundation awarded $200,000 to public radio station WFMU in support of a new content engine for radio, television, and online publishers; and $50,000 in continued support to ProPublica.
"We have seen time and again — and especially in these months following Hurricane Sandy — that the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in delivering services and programs that help people live better lives here in New Jersey," said Dodge Foundation president and CEO Chris Daggett. "We believe these grants represent some of the most effective and inspiring nonprofits in our state, and we are pleased to provide flexible, general operating support funding, as well as an array of learning programs to help them succeed as organizations."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Dodge Foundation Web site.