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Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-10-26

At A Glance

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Inc.

14 Maple Ave., Ste. 400

Morristown, NJ United States 07960-5451

Telephone: (973) 540-8442


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $287,071,603

Total giving: $12,203,915






Incorporated in 1974 in NJ - The Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Foundation was created in 1974. Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was the daughter of William and Almira Rockefeller. Her will provided for the trustees to set the policies and direction of the foundation’s work. The will also contained certain suggestions, which the trustees have followed, in establishing three of the foundation’s areas of giving: welfare of animals, the encouragement of the arts, and local projects in Morris County, NJ . The trustees have further designated and developed grantmaking in the areas of education (elementary and secondary), and the environment. The Mission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is to support and encourage those educational, cultural, social and environmental values that contribute to making our society more humane and our world more livable.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to work to foster a more creative and sustainable New Jersey. Proposals are invited from organizations that: 1) Enhance the cultural richness of the community in which they reside and contribute to New Jersey’s creative economy; 2) Provide transformational, experiential educational opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom for young people who have limited access to educational excellence; 3) Promote healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities in New Jersey; and 4) Use traditional and new media to educate the public about issues in the foundation’s areas of interest and to promote new paradigms towards a creative, sustainable New Jersey.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:


For nearly 40 years the foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the arts in New Jersey. The program supports arts organizations across a variety of disciplines, including music, opera, theater, dance and visual arts, and is particularly interested in organizations which place a priority on arts education programming in local schools. It funds organizations that: 1) Provide opportunities for meaningful connections between people and art within their communities, and partner with others to expand the inclusiveness and the impact of the arts; 2) Use the arts to revitalize communities, public places and natural spaces; 3) Commit to creative and economic opportunities for New Jersey artists. See web site for the online application process and application questions. Contact: RoseAnn DeBois, Grants Manager, e-mail:


The foundation's focus is on arts education and on school and classroom leadership, primarily in high poverty communities. The foundation provides general operating and program support to nonprofit organizations that: 1) Partner with school districts in developing sustainable arts education strategic plans; 2) Offer high-quality, sequential model arts education programs that accelerate a district’s or school’s arts education strategy; 3) Offer specialized, high-level arts training to help talented low-income students develop their artistic skills or pursue a career in the arts; 4) Provide professional development for teachers and for “creativity teams” of principals, art specialists and other classroom teachers to collaboratively integrate the arts and the artistic process with the Common Core State Standards and science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) curricula and programs; 5) Improve how New Jersey schools of education prepare teachers to include innovative arts education and arts integration training for all teachers, including teachers of non-arts subjects; and 6) Work to advance arts education policies and/or provide research and data that demonstrates the impact and value of arts education practices. See web site for the online application process and application questions. Contact: RoseAnn DeBois, Grants Manager, e-mail:


The environment grants encourage comprehensive thinking about how to safeguard our water and reinforce our natural systems in order to promote more sustainable communities. The program funds organizations that: 1) Increase the quality, function and public accessibility of watersheds through land preservation, resource management, and stewardship; 2) Focus on urban greening, particularly through community-led design and decision making; and 3) Help develop regional food systems, including rural-to-urban farming connections and urban food market development. See web site for the online application process and application questions. Contact: RoseAnn DeBois, Grants Manager, e-mail:


The media grants support traditional and innovative uses of media to educate and engage the public around issues of importance to New Jersey and its citizens, as well as efforts to uncover abuses of power by the institutions in which New Jersey citizens have placed their trust. The program funds organizations that: 1) Provide high quality, New Jersey-focused news across multiple platforms; 2) Seek ambitious, innovative and collaborative reporting opportunities, with an emphasis on investigative reporting; 3) Actively engage traditionally underserved audiences with relevant news and information; 4) Encourage meaningful, ongoing civic dialogue and community participation; 5)Inform and educate the public about issues related to the foundation's priority funding areas. See web site for the online application process and application questions. Contact: RoseAnn DeBois, Grants Manager, e-mail:

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made PRIs to establish a loan fund for arts organizations and for an environmental agency.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Communication media
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Environment
  • Leadership development
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
  • Secondary education
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Female adults
  • Homeless people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $287,071,603 (market value)

Gifts received: $10,350

Expenditures: $17,136,894

Total giving: $12,203,915

Qualifying distributions: $15,555,190

Giving activities include:

$10,492,483 for 308 grants (high: $1,200,000; low: $1,000)

$43,053 for 40 employee matching gifts

$1,666,379 for 2 foundation-administered programs