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CNJG: Standing up as advocates for the social sector amid federal tax reform efforts

Posted on by Nina Stack, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Ad*vo*cate: a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. Lob*by*ist: a person who takes part in an organized attempt to influence legislators. The difference between the two feels quite nuanced doesn’t it? And, … Continue reading

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Invest in inclusive innovation: Building shared language in community

Posted on by Sabrina Hersi Issa, Local News Lab Fellow

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” – Toni Morrison As part of research for Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation exploring how philanthropy can support diverse, inclusive newsrooms, I visited local newsrooms, interviewed experts and community groups, sat with journalists … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: The doctor will see you now

Posted on by Dodge

Robert Frost once wrote, “An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.” As a former English teacher and current consultant to non-profit organizations, I couldn’t agree more. I thought about metaphors as … Continue reading

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Sustainability ingredients: Innovation, persistence, partnerships, and leadership

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey 2017 special awards announced  This week, Sustainable Jersey celebrated the 82 municipalities, from 18 New Jersey counties, that achieved the Sustainable Jersey certification in 2017. Sustainable Jersey has almost hit the 80 percent participation mark this year with 445 … Continue reading

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CNJG: How not to read ‘The Prize’

Posted on by Dale Anglin and Barbara Reisman

At last month’s Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., we presented a workshop called “How Not to Read the Prize” to a standing-room-only audience of national, regional, and local foundations. We did so not to dispute the findings … Continue reading

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Community and Complexity: Investing in Nuance, Building Trust and Engaged Journalism

Posted on by Sabrina Hersi Issa, Local News Lab Fellow

Image via Unsplash As part of research for Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation exploring how philanthropy can support diverse, inclusive newsrooms, I visited local newsrooms, interviewed experts and community groups, sat with journalists and listened. This research sought to explore how local … Continue reading

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Harvest Time: Youth reap the benefits of urban farming in Camden

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Director of Programming, Creative New Jersey

Teresa Niedda, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET), and Fredric Byarm, Founder of Invincible City Farms were two of the many inspiring people we had the chance to work with in Camden when Creative New Jersey was … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Cost savings, collaboration and champions

Posted on by Dodge

2017 school and district sustainability awards announced This week, Sustainable Jersey for Schools celebrated the 91 schools that achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2017 at an awards event attended by over 250 teachers, principals, green team volunteers, school … Continue reading

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An update on our 2018 grantmaking

Posted on by Chris Daggett, President and CEO

It’s been a disruptive year. We’ve all had to adjust as the ground shifts beneath our feet — in business, technology, government, our personal lives — and even literally, in hurricanes and earthquakes.  Every day seems to bring new challenges around what we thought we … Continue reading

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The Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: A Title Conundrum

Posted on by Kent E. Hansen, Pro Bono Partnership

I often wonder if it is productive to try to fashion a catchy title for a post, particularly when you could be the only person who thinks it is catchy. This one’s a stretch. The driver for this title is … Continue reading

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Why arts education is vital to the workforce of tomorrow

Posted on by Atiya Weiss, Executive Director, The Burke Foundation

  Recently I was asked to speak about how the arts — and specifically arts education — will contribute to the workforce of the future. The convening at which I spoke was primarily concerned with STEM education and its importance … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Making sustainability change stick

Posted on by Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement, Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey Regional Hubs meet to advance collective leadership What drew leaders from Sustainable Jersey’s Regional Hubs to an indoors five-hour gathering on a recent beautiful fall Saturday? Consider the range of responses ticked off as we went around the room: … Continue reading

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Creative New Jersey: Beautiful Questions

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Director of Programming, Creative New Jersey

In an age of declarations, assumptions, and sound bites it’s refreshing to come across a book like Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas where curiosity reigns and questions are the goal, not … Continue reading

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Introducing: Our new, streamlined Board Leadership Series

Posted on by Wendy Liscow, Technical Assistance Director

For more than a decade, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has provided a comprehensive Board Leadership Series free of charge to our grantees to ensure nonprofit boards and staff access the training, resources, and peer-to-peer mentorship that enable them to accomplish organizational … Continue reading

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Pro Bono Partnership Pundit: The ‘duty to read’

Posted on by Christine Michelle Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership

If you have attended one of the workshops presented by Pro Bono Partnership that includes a discussion on nonprofit governance, you likely have heard us talk about the three legal duties of nonprofit trustees and officers. In New Jersey, these … Continue reading

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