Category Archives: Community Building

37 People Struggling to Get by in New Jersey

Posted on by Mike Rispoli, Free Press

When it comes to telling stories of economic hardship, what can journalists learn from social workers? From oral historians? From artists? From community advocates? It turns out, a lot. At a recent workshop at Rutgers University convened by coLAB Arts and Free … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Artists and creative powerhouses roll up their sleeves to cultivate a sustainable community

Posted on by Sustainable Jersey

What are the unique qualities that make your community feel like a vibrant place to live? In Frenchtown, a volunteer group set out to document and map the creative people, places, events, businesses, and resources throughout Hunterdon County in an … Continue reading

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CNJG: Philanthropy’s message to Washington

Posted on by Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

This week hundreds of representatives from private foundations are converging on Capitol Hill to share stories of impact and ask policymakers to consider the implications of tax and policy changes on the essential work of our social sector. Foundations on … Continue reading

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What might an equitable New Jersey look like?

Posted on by Chris Daggett, Dodge Foundation President and CEO

An update on our strategic planning process Equity is one of the most important issues facing society today. As we witness the unrelenting march of current events — whether through personal experience or through our screens — it has become … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Tilting windmills, why not build one instead?

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Funding now available for municipal and school sustainability projects Do you have a wild idea or project with potential that needs funding? Sustainable Jersey’s grant program funds sustainability initiatives in New Jersey—projects like the wind turbine at Cape May City … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: How sustainability became my brand and achieved my campaign promises

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey and Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac

Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac explains Sustainable Jersey to mayors in Connecticut  On November 26, 2017 at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities’ annual convention, Sustainable Connecticut (CT) was launched. It is modeled on Sustainable Jersey. More than 200 municipal, business … 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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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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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: 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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After Charlottesville, moving toward a more equitable society

Posted on by Chris Daggett, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President & CEO

All who believe in a just and civil society have a duty to stand up and condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Violence of any kind is abhorrent — violence bred by racism, white supremacy, and other forms of … Continue reading

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Detroiter feels kinship with Newark on 50th anniversary of rebellion

Posted on by Guest Blogger

This year marks a somber anniversary for many urban communities around the United States. It’s the 50th anniversary of 1967 rebellions that occurred in cities across the nation, including Newark, Oakland, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. As a native Detroiter, I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Want a Stronger, More Diverse Board? Start Here

Posted on by Laura Otten, Dodge Technical Assistance

Diversity on boards has long been a hot topic. While it has always been a best practice to have a board of directors that is reflective of your constituency, too few have lived up to that best practice. In the … Continue reading

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The Power of Using Talent for Good

Posted on by Michael Bzdak, Executive Director, Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson

When considering the ways in which the private sector can advance global health and development and improve our world, a few obvious options come to mind. Funding is usually high on the list, as is research and development, but other … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: Lessons in Dance to Help Choreograph Your Future

Posted on by Claudine Ranieri, Paramus High School dance educator

As a dance educator and choreographer, my mission is to use the art of dance as a powerful tool that is beyond entertainment — conveying stories and meaningful messages about ourselves and the world around us. That mission was on full … Continue reading

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