Initial grants were an amalgamation of the commitments made by Cleveland H. Dodge prior to the founding of the Foundation.  There were a great diversity of causes and organizations including funding for war relief efforts (i.e., American Red Cross), health-related organizations, museums, colleges, international organizations, service organizations and religious-affiliated causes. From its inception, however, the YMCA, Teachers College, The American University of Beirut and the Near East Foundation remained priority beneficiaries of the Foundation. The support for these organizations became a continuum for generations of Dodge family service and philanthropy.

Henry Morgenthau Sr. and Samuel Train Dutton and Cleveland Hoadley Dodge in 1916
Henry Morgenthau Sr. and Samuel Train Dutton and Cleveland Hoadley Dodge in 1916