Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

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"Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (April 3, 1882 – August 13, 1973) was the youngest child of Almira Geraldine Goodsell and William Avery Rockefeller, Jr., who helped found Standard Oil with his brother John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and four other partners.

"In 1907, Geraldine married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, President of the Remington Arms Company, and in 1916 they purchased the estate in Madison, New Jersey now known as Giralda Farms. Geraldine lived during the era when many of America’s great personal fortunes, including her family’s, were transformed into modern organized philanthropy. For decades, she was a great benefactress of Madison and surrounding communities... Tragically, her only child, Hartley Dodge, died in a car crash in France in 1930. Mrs. Dodge's legacy since her death in 1973 is the institutions she endowed through her will: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, which she established on 16 acres of her Giralda Farms estate, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which, over the course of nearly 40 years, has given away almost $400 million to nonprofits. "[1]


Accessed April 2012: [2]

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  1. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation History, organizational web page, accessed April 20, 2012.
  2. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed April 20, 2012.