Category Archives: Philanthropy

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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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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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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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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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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Feeling Burned out? 7 Steps to Get Back Your NGO Mojo

Posted on by Yvette R. Murry

You’re probably so busy that you don’t have time to read this post. But, please stop multi-tasking and resist the pull to check your phone. I have an important question: Lately, when you walk into your non-profit job 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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Sustainable Jersey: Commit your town to climate progress, instructions included

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Helping NJ cities and towns meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement   At the recent New Jersey Sustainability Summit over 300 local and statewide leaders convened to pledge their commitment to a sustainable future and learn the practical … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Relationships Among the Parts

Posted on by David Grant

Faithful readers of the Dodge Blog know that I have repeatedly urged practitioners in the social sector to “plan backwards” from a shared vision of success, using qualitative assessment rubrics as a tool. If you make time for the process … Continue reading

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CNJG: Embracing Philanthropic Future Shock or Bracing For It

Posted on by Nina Stack, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

We are doing a lot of thinking about the future at the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers these days — the future of New Jersey (with a new Governor next year), the future of philanthropy (with new forms of giving … Continue reading

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Newark in the Spotlight: Summer Youth Employment Program Nod Emblematic of City’s Collaborative Spirit

Posted on by Guest Blogger

When Mayor Ras Baraka took office in 2014, he immediately called for an expansion of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. There is a growing body of evidence that youth employment programs are a positive intervention that can reduce summer … Continue reading

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History Matters

Posted on by Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission

You may not have noticed, but history is having a moment. Often overlooked as a bit of a wallflower next to its showier sisters—arts, literature, and science — history does periodically take center stage and remind us of its inevitable, … Continue reading

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CNJG: Our Democracy Needs Our Problem Solvers

Posted on by Nina Stack, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

I’m acutely aware that I’m writing this blog the week our new president will be sworn in. It is that event that has me thinking a lot about Alexis de Tocqueville’s seminal book Democracy in America as we once again observe … Continue reading

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ArtPride NJ: Here Comes the Sun

Posted on by Ann Marie Miller, Art Pride NJ

2016 is over to everyone’s relief. For most it’s been “annus horribilis” which needs little or no translation. The amount of upset and turmoil from 18 months of presidential electioneering, raw social and other media, and an overflow of celebrity … Continue reading

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