- Assets: $240,720,289 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $14,681,123 (2009)
In 1907 Geraldine Rockefeller, the niece of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and the daughter of former Standard Oil President William Rockefeller, married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, who was the heir to the Remington Arms Company fortune. During her lifetime Mrs. Dodge made donations to numerous hospitals, churches, and individuals – particularly in her adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin; her gifts to Madison ranged from a new fire engine in 1920 to one of the nation’s most beautiful municipal buildings in 1935. When Mrs. Dodge died in 1973, she left a will containing instructions for the formation of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which was established in 1974.
Originally, the Foundation's grant-making was directed toward three primary areas -- the arts; animal welfare; and local projects in Morris County, New Jersey, where Mrs. Dodge resided for many years. Over time, the Foundation's Trustees added educational and environmental grants to their agenda.
Today the Dodge Foundation’s four main giving programs are as follows:
Arts: This program "focuses on New Jersey’s cultural institutions and those national organizations that ... advance the arts in New Jersey."
Morris County Projects: This program focuses "specifically and concretely on the theme of promoting ‘sustainable communities’ in Morristown and its immediate environs."
Education: This program "focuses on the professional development of educators and the continuous improvement of public education at the pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 levels. … Areas of interest include: Supporting early training and ongoing professional development of teachers, particularly in the areas of arts education and environmental stewardship …"
Environment: This program "focuses on sustainability, particularly in … New Jersey." Toward that end, the Foundation supports numerous organizations that are hostile to the use of land for such endeavors as logging, mining, and oil exploration; many of these groups are hostile to a capitalist economic model as well.
Among the recent recipients of Dodge Foundation grants are: the Council on Foundations; Defenders of Wildlife; the Earth Action Network; the Environmental Defense Fund; Environmental Media Services; Environmental Working Group; the Humane Society (a radical animal 'rights' group, not to be confused with the American Humane Association (which is a bona fide animal welfare group), from which it split off in 1954); Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet; National Public Radio (NPR); the Natural Resources Defense Council; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth); the Rainforest Alliance; Rutgers University (Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience); the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center; the Trust for Public Land; the Union of Concerned Scientists; the Wilderness Society; WNET - Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Dodge Foundation’s Founding Director Scott McVay also serves as a Trustee for the Blue Moon Fund.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)