Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation supports arts, education, the environment and informed communities in the state of New Jersey.

IP TAKE: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation supports arts, education, the environment and informed communities in New Jersey. Its education funding prioritizes high poverty areas and supports arts education programs, the development of school leadership and systemic change initiatives.  

PROFILE: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation was founded in 1937 by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, an heiress to the Rockefellers’ Standard Oil fortune and the wife of Marcellus Hartley Dodge, a former president of the Remington Arms Company. The foundation is based in Morristown, New Jersey, and prioritizes critical issues and nonprofits that “make a direct and meaningful impact” in the state of New Jersey. Its four funding areas are arts, education, the environment and informed communities.

Emphasizing the needs of New Jersey’s high-poverty communities, the foundation’s education program invests in systemic change, arts education and school and classroom leadership. One past grantee is the Trenton Education Dance Institute, an affiliate of the Children’s Home Society of Trenton. This organization used funding to run after school dance programs for students who have limited access to after school enrichments. Another recipient, GlassRoots Inc. of Newark, New Jersey, runs a nonprofit glassmaking studio that introduces underserved students to concepts of physics and chemistry while offering hands on experience in glassmaking and entrepreneurship. In the areas of change and leadership, the foundation has supported New Jersey’s Education Law Center, an organization that advocates for fair school funding and the adoption of rigorous state-wide standards and assessments.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grants range from $5,000 to about $400,000. A database of past grants is available on the foundation website.

This funder is not currently accepting unsolicited inquiries but may be contacted through its website.  

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