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Remembering Governor James Florio

The Trustees and staff of The Fund for New Jersey honor the legacy and mourn the loss of our longtime Trustee Governor James Florio, who died September 25, 2022. We extend our deepest condolences to Governor Florio’s wife Lucinda, his family, and his friends. Gov. Florio will be profoundly missed by all of us at The Fund for New Jersey. For more information, read the full announcement here.

The Fund is Hiring a Program Associate

We encourage aspiring leaders in public policy to apply for this two-year fellowship position, named in honor of New Jersey public policy leader Leonard Lieberman, who served The Fund with distinction from 1987 to 2015 and led the Board as Chair from 1997 to 2008. View the full job description and application instructions here.

Imagine More series concludes

IMAGINE MORE: Racial Justice Begins with Us

This series brought together one of the largest and most diverse lineups of New Jersey organizations and voices from across the ideological spectrum to develop an action plan for racial justice and reparations. Participants include national thought leaders, philanthropic and community-based organizations, policy advocates, jurists, and local activists who have been directly impacted by injustice.  View materials and recordings from the series here

September Grantee News

To learn more about recent efforts by The Fund's grantees, read our September 2022 grantee news update.

Third Quarter Grants Awarded

The Fund for New Jersey is proud to announce that for the third quarter of 2022, it has awarded grants in the total amount of $515,000 to advance public policies in the areas of lead poisoning prevention, public education, and anti-poverty. Read the full press release here.

Key Findings of The Fund's Grantee Perception Report

The Fund shares the key findings from the Grantee Perception Report prepared by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), based on a confidential, candid survey of The Fund’s grantee partners in 2021. The responses are compared to those of grantees of other funders; the 2021 responses are also compared to the responses from our grantees surveyed by CEP in 2011. 

Intersecting Crises

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed, the Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey have issued a statement that reaffirms The Fund’s commitment to achieving racial justice in New Jersey through investment in policy reforms in housing, education, criminal justice, economic justice, and public health.  The statement provides data and analysis on the interconnected crises of structural racism and COVID-19 in New Jersey. Now, recognizing this opportunity for systemic change, The Fund for New Jersey is increasing its commitment to address structural racism. Read the press release here and the full statement here.

Democracy in New Jersey

There are many reasons to cheer New Jersey's democratic well-being and there are also reasons to worry. There are many opportunities for action in increasing representation in redistricting, the safety and access of voting and voting systems in the state, and other areas of democratic importance. Read the full policy paper here.