Improving the lives of children in need, one child at a time…
The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation
The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the lives of underprivileged, handicapped, and special needs children in the New Jersey area. The Foundation awards grants to qualifying organizations supporting capital expenditure programs and projects such as building improvements, specialized transportation vehicles, specialized equipment, and the physical property needs of these children in terms of “brick and mortar” projects.
In order to maximize resources for grants, we have streamlined our grant application process. We require electronic submissions of grant requests to minimize paperwork for both the grantee and the Foundation. We are committed to responding to inquiries in a timely fashion and to honestly informing grant seekers about their prospects for funding
About Dorothy B. Hersh
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.
Applying for a Grant
In order to be eligible for a grant from the Foundation, an organization must be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must be located in the State of New Jersey. On rare occasions. requests will also be considered from organizations in New York or Pennsylvania with programs that benefit children in New Jersey.
Robert W. Donnelly, Jr. – Director and President
Mr. Donnelly is the founding Director and President of the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation.
He is a senior partner and litigating attorney with the law firm of Dughi, Hewit, and Domalewski, with over thirty-nine years of experience in trial work in the medical and professional liability area.
Mr. Donnelly has been a lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and for hospital groups. Mr. Donnelly is a past member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, and he served as a Barrister with the Union County Inns of Court. He is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list in both 2008 and 2009.
Diana Kelly – Director
Mrs. Kelly is an expert in the field of autism with a varied background in both teaching and consulting. Mrs. Kelly holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School as well as being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free-time, Mrs. Kelly is also a consummate tango dancer – teaching and performing in New York, as well as throughout the country.
Paul Schack – Director
Mr. Schack is a founder and partner of Resi-connect, a property management software and consulting company. Resi-connect’s software connects property managers and their residents through a social, local, and mobile technology platform while helping brands and local merchants build loyal customers. In addition, Mr. Schack has over three decades of experience in real estate, investments, and corporate management.
Harriet L. Donnelly – Administrator
Mrs. Donnelly performs the role of Foundation Administrator. She is responsible for vetting all requests, visiting site locations, and gathering all of the information necessary to present a grant request to the Board at meetings.
Mrs. Donnelly is the President of e5 Marketing, Inc., a national marketing communications agency specializing in corporate and non-profit marketing – whether digital or printed as well as managing events and conferences.