Dodge Trust Board of Trustees

Overview
The Dodge Trust was established in 1989 when the City of Council Bluffs received a third of the residuary estate of General Grenville Dodge. 

A Board of Trustees manages the Dodge Trust to ensure supervision over the trusts created by paragraphs 7 and 11 of the Last Will and Testament of General Grenville Dodge. In an attempt to fulfill the wishes of the late General Dodge, all Dodge Trust grants are awarded to charitable organizations or agencies that provide essential human services to the residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  

Grants
The purpose of the Dodge Trust is to provide funding for basic human needs to the citizens of Council Bluffs, Iowa. All Dodge Trust applicants should be charitable organizations or agencies. 

Since its inception in 1989, when the City of Council Bluffs received a third of the residuary estate of General Grenville Dodge, the Dodge Trust Board of Trustees has overseen the Trust’s assets grow from $900,000.00 to $3.5 million. Over the last 30+ years, the Dodge Trust has distributed more than $2 million to local charitable organizations and agencies. 

The Dodge Trust Board intends to allocate $80,000.00 in 2021. Applications are due on Friday, November 19, 2021, and the Board will award grants around December 15, 2021. Interested applicants can contact the City of Council Bluffs Attorney’s Office at (712) 890-5317 with questions. 

Application

2021 Dodge Trust Grant Application

Please submit completed applications to the City of Council Bluffs Attorney’s Office at 209 Pearl Street (Suite 304), Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503. 

Board of Trustees Meetings 


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Spring and Fall
  • City Hall, 209 Pearl Street - 3rd Floor Legal Department

Members

Name Appointed Reappointed Expires
Jay Meldrum 12/17/2001   07/01/2007
    06/25/2007 07/01/2013
    06/24/2013 07/01/2019
    06/10/2019 07/01/2025
Sam Irwin 01/06/2003   07/25/2005
    07/25/2005 07/01/2011
    08/22/2011 07/01/2017
    07/10/2013 07/01/2023
Bobbette Behrens 10/10/2005   07/01/2011
     Chairperson   08/22/2011 07/01/2017
    07/10/2017 07/01/2023
Kelly Douglas-Jones 07/10/2017   07/01/2023
Michael Sciortino 08/12/2019   07/01/2021
    08/09/2021 07/01/2027