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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

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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

Eligible Applicants:

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.

How to Apply:

The Foundation directors meet throughout the year to consider proposals as scheduled by the Board, typically 3 to 4 times per year. Proposals should be scheduled to be received by the Administrator at least three weeks prior to a meeting. Please reach out to Harriet Donnelly for inquiries regarding when the meetings are scheduled.  

Email Harriet for Grant Information

Proposals should be emailed in PDF format electronically or on a non-returnable USB drive to:

Harriet L. Donnelly, Administrator
The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation
5 Jonah Court
PO Box 471
Peapack, New Jersey 07977

(908) 901-9280

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Grant Disbursements:

Action on grant proposals will be communicated by letter or email within thirty days following the Foundation Board meeting at which the proposals were considered.

Grant Reports:

All recipients of grants will be required to report on the use of the grant within 30-days after receipt of funds. Continuing quarterly reports will be required until the funded project is completed.

List of Requisites for Applying for a Grant:

A grant proposal to the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation must be presented for consideration by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The proposal must be in electronic form, signed, and be completed by the organization utilizing the grant funds.

All proposals must incorporate the following:

  1. The formal name of the organization (Organization / Corporation utilizing the grant funds).
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number / email address / website URL
  4. Corporate Officer or specific contact person preparing the proposal.
  5. Description of the organization, including the charitable purpose for which it is founded
  6. An overall “executive summary” as well as a complete description with backup documentation of the specific purpose for which the grant is requested. In the event that the purpose of the grant is to finance construction work such as a new building or addition, renovations or equipment purchase (including transportation vehicles), the proposal shall incorporate a complete set of the architect’s drawings and/or broken down monetary estimates.
  7. The number of children who will benefit from the capital expenditure vs. the total number of children utilizing the specific facilities/equipment in question.

a. Age brackets of the proposed beneficiaries.

b. Income categories of the families of the beneficiaries and the fees that they are charged.

c. Communities in which they reside.

  1. Copy of IRS Tax Determination Letter issued to the organization/corporation.
  2. A Certification Regarding “Terrorist Financing” executed by the chief corporate officer.
  3. Copy of last audited financial statement of organization/corporation applying for the grant.
  4. Other sources of funds to be used to construct the facilities or purchase the capital item in question.
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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.

Christopher M. Reed – Director

Mr. Reed is the Operations Manager at Horizon Group USA in Cranbury, NJ, overseeing operations across two distribution centers supporting 100+ customers. He was formerly the Operations Manager at the Toys “R” Us Distribution Center in Flanders. Chris is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Supply Chain and Information Systems with an emphasis in Finance.

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.

Past Grants

Ocean Medical Center – Brick, NJ

The Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Center at Hackensack-Meridian’s Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey, is equipped with eight private bays, a pediatric resuscitation room for the most critical children and infants, cutting-edge technology, and a team of pediatric emergency care specialist physicians and nurses, all in a family-friendly environment. Pediatric resuscitation can be very challenging in the emergency setting due to the diverse range in the age and size of the patients encountered complicating the appropriate selection of medications, equipment, and supplies. A separate pediatric resuscitation room for the most critical patients, radiant warmer, cardiac monitor, fluid controller, and X-ray unit utilizing color themed organization for medication dosing and equipment selection clearly defined by patient parameters, will facilitate efficient management of critically ill infants and children.
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Saint Peter’s University Hospital – New Brunswick, NJ

The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation Pediatric Emergency Department Suite was the first of the emergency department requests funded. The new and expanded Pediatric ED is a child friendly environment that includes its own waiting room equipped with toys and books and with 11 pediatric private rooms.
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The Seeing Eye – Morristown, NJ

The Hersh Foundation provided a grant to enable the Seeing Eye to purchase a paratransit mini-bus equipped with a wheelchair lift that would accommodate six or more passengers and their service dogs for their Instruction and Training Program. This vehicle benefited not only the young people who apply for Seeing Eye dogs, but also all of the students who come to The Seeing Eye to gain greater independence. You can see the bus, complete with photos of dogs looking like they’re sitting on the seats through the windows, traveling around the Morris County area.
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Morristown Medical Center – Morristown, NJ

The Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, established at Morristown Medical Center, offers state-of-the-art care to infants, children, and adolescents with serious illnesses and injuries. The PICU had 694 admissions in 2017 and serves as a regional referral center for intensive/critical care.
The Foundation funded a major project to expand the PICU to meet the increased demand for care in the region to be known as The Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Unit. The new unit more than doubled in size to 13,200 sq. ft. and increased from nine to 15 beds. Everything about the new space was designed to improve care delivery and enhance the patient-family experience. All of the patient rooms are spacious single-bed suites with a private bathroom and sleeping accommodations for parents. The new unit also included a welcoming lounge to accommodate large groups, a shower area for parents and a dedicated pharmacy to improve efficiency, safety and quality.
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Jersey Shore University Medical Center – Ocean, NJ

With the region’s first and most comprehensive pediatric program, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, located at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, is committed to keeping children healthy by providing the highest quality of care. K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is one of a select group of state-designated children’s hospitals in New Jersey, and the first and largest in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology on the 5th floor of the HOPE Tower will provide comprehensive outpatient oncology and hematology services for children and will offer our youngest patients a multidisciplinary approach to treat all types of cancer and blood diseases.
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Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey – Newark, NJ

BGCN is an after-school youth development service provider. The organization conducts targeted initiatives through after-school and summer programming, teen services, and health and wellness initiatives to help Club Members develop academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. Since 1938, they have answered the call to help fill the needs of the Newark community. 
The Hersh Foundation providing the funding to renovate and build a new commercial-grade kitchen for the club to be able to feed the children at the Central Ward Clubhouse.
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Trinitas Regional Medical Center – Elizabeth, NJ

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a Catholic community teaching hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. Trinitas strives to provide excellent, compassionate healthcare to the people and communities they serve, including those who are poor and vulnerable.
The Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Wing provides a dramatic improvement for the Emergency Department’s ability to manage its extremely high volume and patient acuity levels for the children of the Elizabeth area. As a lasting tribute the Foundation’s 40+ years of dedication to the children of Elizabeth, this wing houses the ED’s Pediatric Fast Track Unit that is the primary place of care for the over 13,000 children the ED serves each year. The Dorothy B. Hersh Wing serves as a heartwarming reminder of a woman from Elizabeth who genuinely cared for their well-being.
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CPC Behavioral Healthcare – Eatontown, NJ

CPC Behavioral Healthcare provides evidence-based, integrated services in mental health, substance use, special education and physical health annually to 9,000 children, adolescents, adults, and families in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
A recent grant, to replace the elementary school playground, was a naming gift that completed a campaign and provided the High Points Schools’ children a state­of-the-art playground. Over the years, The Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation has provided several grants to build new and renovate existing properties for this organization.
CPC is a safety net for many who have struggled to navigate the complex mental health and addictions system or have been refused treatment elsewhere based on the severity of their illness or financial circumstances. The Agency’s system of care presents children, teenagers and adults with an opportunity to attain their goals and live their best lives in the least restrictive setting within their families and communities. The result for people who are the beneficiaries of CPC’s programs and services is a dramatic reduction in the need for the inappropriate and costly use of emergency services or admission into institutional settings such as hospitals or correctional facilities.
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Mane Stream – Oldwick, NJ

The Foundation replaced an existing walkway leading to the indoor mounting area and the mounting area itself to make it level, safe, and comfortable for their participants, riders, and summer campers. By replacing the compacted dirt with concrete and rubber mats, participants with mobility challenges are now able to easily navigate the path and mounting area, enabling them to begin their session or lesson on a positive note.
Mane Stream provides equine assisted therapy and adaptive riding to children and adults with special needs.
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A partial list of previous grants that were awarded to the organizations below:

  • A.M.E. Zion Church
  • ARC of Monmouth
  • Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Cerebral Palsy Association – Middlesex County
  • Cerebral Palsy League of Union County
  • Cerebral Palsy Association
  • Child Development Center
  • Children’s Center for Learning
  • Children’s Center for Therapy & Learning
  • Children’s Development Center
  • Children’s Hospital Newark Beth Israel
  • Children’s Institute
  • Children’s Specialized Hospital
  • Children’s Therapy Center
  • Clara Maass Medical Center
  • Collier Services
  • Community School
  • Community School of Bergen County NJ
  • CPC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Delbarton School
  • Dysautonomia Foundation
  • ECLC of New Jersey
  • Early Intervention Healthcare
  • Eden Institute Foundation, Inc.
  • Elizabeth General Medical Center
  • Emanuel Cancer Foundation
  • Family & Children’s Service
  • Girl Scouts – Heart of NJ
  • Goryeb Children’s Hospital
  • Henry H. Kessler Foundation, Inc.
  • Kimball Medical Center
  • Junior Achievement of Union County
  • Kimball Medical Center
  • Lladacin Network
  • Matheny School
  • Metchen Edison YMCA
  • Midland School
  • Occupational Center
  • Phoenix Center
  • Rahway Police Explorer Post #31
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Rock Brook School
  • St James Church, Springfield, N.J.
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s School for the Blind
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • St. Peter’s Hospital
  • Search Day Program
  • Special Children’s Center
  • Summit Speech School
  • Trinitas Hospital