The Great Depression - The philanthropic world suffered hardship with shrinking spending on philanthropy as a result of the reduction in foundation investment income. Grace Parish Dodge, Cleveland H. Dodge’s widow, generously stepped in during these years to personally cover some of the Foundation’s committed appropriations and pledges. She recognized the value of the trust between benefactor and beneficiary regardless of difficult economic circumstances. The Foundation continued to provide funding to all beneficiaries in recognition of the extraordinary level of need in delivering critical services within their communities.

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