Dorothy B. Hersh was born on June 28, 1899, in Elizabeth, NJ. Dorothy never married or had any children but she was always interested in helping those in need. Upon her death in October of 1979, the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation was founded. In Dorothy’s will, she asked that a foundation is established to provide for a milk fund for orphans in the Elizabeth, NJ area – near where Dorothy was born and spent most of her life. However, by that time in 1981, the State of New Jersey had disbanded all orphanages.
Thus the Foundation set on their path to provide grants for underprivileged, handicapped, and special needs children in New Jersey – initially starting out in the Elizabeth area and then rapidly expanding to cover not only all of New Jersey but qualified New York and Pennsylvania programs as well.
The Foundation today provides grants for capital expenditures benefiting the needs of hundreds of thousands of children throughout the entire State of New Jersey.